Louisville Lawn Care Blog
The drought we experienced in the late summer/early fall of 2019 caused some of our lawns to have bare spots and even larger areas of dead, matted grass. In addition, the lack of a true winter in 2019/20 will also cause weeds to flourish in these thin, bare areas of our lawns. We encourage all of our clients to follow these helpful suggestions as we move through our spring season:
Spring Spot Seeding
- After we have applied your 1st application of the year, wait at least 7 to 10 days before doing any lawn seeding.
- Rake through bare spots, removing any dead, matted grass. Turn over the dirt in these spots to break up the pre-emergent compounds (a garden weasel is a great tool for this!).
- Add Tall Turf Fescue grass seed to these prepared areas - Call Lawn Cure for help on picking the perfect seed!
- You can (though it’s not required) add some top soil and/or compost to these seeded areas to help enrich the soil and encourage seed germination.
Important to note: Applying pre-emergent to your lawn in early spring is critical to help control crabgrass, but the pre-emergent will also kill any desirable grass seed that is applied if you don't prepare the soil with the steps listed above***
Reminder: Regular lawn fertilization and weed control applications are essential in assisting your lawn in its drought recovery efforts!
It's now officially winter but the leaves of most oak and ornamental pear trees have just now fallen. Even though you may wish your leaf removal was done for the season, don’t forget to do a good raking/blowing of these final fallen leaves.
Your landscape beds must also not be forgotten. It's important to do one final cleaning of your shrub beds, as accumulated leaves and debris on and around the landscape plantings can be a winter haven for insects and other pests. Leaf litter in excess in your beds can also have a smothering effect to your landscape plantings. So, be sure to clean up the last of these stubborn leaves…then you can put your rake away until spring!
Enjoy your winter season!
As we enter our winter season, here are a few reminders to help prepare your home and auto for the upcoming weather:
- Make sure all garden hoses are completely disconnected from water spouts
- Check your doors and windows for leaky seals and repair as needed
- Consider shutting heating vents off in areas of the home infrequently used to save on heating costs
- Check your tire pressures carefully and adjust as needed for the colder weather
- Check your fluids, especially your antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid
- Store a blanket and extra coat/gloves in your auto in case of unexpected breakdowns.
And remember, if you do still have leaves in your lawn and/or landscape, please remove them as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage to your turf and plantings during the 2020 growing season.
We wish you and your family and warm and safe winter season!
As we move through the last two months of 2019, we reflect on the stress our turf and its root system have endured over the past year. Now is the time for a few last efforts that will do much to help our lawns as we move through the fall season. We hope the following tips will be of help in your outdoor endeavors:
Maintenance Tip #1 – Winterizing Fertilization
Feeding your lawn in the early winter is the most important of all tips. Fertilization at this time will help boost the photosynthesis rate of the turf, and build carbohydrate reserves in the plant to help lawns green up in the spring. Late season fertilization also helps to increase the lawn’s winter hardiness and promotes deeper root growth, resulting in a healthier lawn next season. If you are already a regular 6-application lawn client with Lawn Cure, rest assured this important fertilization is already a part of your program as the Round 6 application. Not scheduled for Round 6 now? It’s not too late! Simply contact our office to add this valuable service to your regular schedule
Maintenance Tip #2 - Leaves and debris
Keep your lawn clear of leaves and other debris. Leaves left on the lawn for extended periods can smother your grass and leave you with areas of dead turf. Excessive leaves left on the lawn can also cause an imbalance in your soil’s Ph, making for more difficult growing conditions next year. Landscape areas also need to be kept clean. Excess leaf litter can be a source of unwanted insects and fungus on ornamentals and turf. Keep those rakes and leaf blowers active!
Maintenance Tip #3 - Mowing
When mowing, always set your highest settings, one that leaves at least a 3” blade. Leaving the grass blade taller helps promotes a deeper and stronger root. Cutting the grass too short will stress out the blade/roots and cause the grass to brown out and in some cases, die out. Make sure your mower blades are sharp, as a dull blade can tear the grass and lead to browning out and health issues with your turf. Remember, your final few mowings of the season will help take care of the falling leaves as well.
We wish you a warm and safe fall season!
In 2019, the months of August and September brought day after day of hot, dry weather. There was no rainfall for 5+ weeks!! During these stressful conditions, your lawn struggled to remain alive. Since the root is the life source of the plant, the root will draw all of the water and nutrients downward from the top blade, leaving nothing for the grass blade itself. This is why in drought conditions your lawn goes dormant, turning brown on top as the root system does everything possible to stay alive.
We have now received a little rain and the lawns are trying their best to green back up. If your lawn contains turf that is still brown and flat then most likely that turf died during the drought. Your best option is to rake up the dead grass and put turf-type tall fescue seed down to help revive these areas of the lawn. If you do nothing, then those areas will remain dead now and on into spring, with even bigger problems to face next year. Please try to do some fall seeding now!! Remember, if you decide to seed make sure you call your lawn care provider so they can adjust your next application to support the new seed.
Over the next few weeks will be the prime opportunity to help strengthen the turf and its root system with deep fertilization. Even better, try an application of our organic Healthy Grow soil enhancer. This wonderful product will bring additional micronutrients back to your depleted soil. As a bonus, Healthy Grow will cause the soil to loosen up and allow the roots to grow deeper, promoting a greener, more drought-resistant lawn for next year!