Louisville Lawn Care Blog
We all do it. Water hoses have been disconnected from their spigots. Crawl space vents are closed off. Pools have been closed down for some time. Shorts and flip flops have given way to sweaters and boots.
Your lawn and landscape also benefit from a good winterizing, helping them to better endure the winter months and recover next spring in splendid fashion. The following is a short-list of suggested steps for winterizing your lawn and landscape as the growing season draws to an end:
- If your lawn needs cutting…mow it! Leaving it uncut over the winter can contribute to some turf health issues, in addition to matting and a messier first cutting next spring.
- Be sure to remove leaf litter, not only from the lawn but also from around your shrubs. Excessive leaf litter can harbor insects and cause other problems. Accumulating leaves (like oaks) should also be removed as they re-accumulate during the winter months.
- Of great importance is a good, balanced fertilizing. This feeding will nourish the root system of your lawn and landscape, which remains active during the 'dormant' season. A healthier root system results in a stronger, more vibrant plant next spring.
Do your part to winterize properly. The time and product invested now will produce the desired results.
As we move through the last two months of 2017, we reflect on the stress our turf and its root system has 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:
Fall Maintenance Tip #1 – Fertilization
Feeding your lawn in the fall and again in 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.
Fall 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. Keep those rakes and leaf blowers active!
Fall 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.
Fall Maintenance Tip #4- pH Soil Testing
Fall is an excellent time to have a soil test performed. If the soil's pH needs adjusting, lime or sulfur/gypsum products can be applied to adjust the natural balance needed to grow healthy turf. Lawn Cure can provide this soil analysis service upon request. Please see the attached information for details!
Fall Maintenance Tip #5- Landscape pruning and fertilization
Final pruning of certain landscape plantings (i.e. knock out roses, ornamental grasses, etc.) can be done after freezing temperatures have been experienced. Your landscape's roots also reestablish themselves over the winter 'dormant' season. Call Lawn Cure today for information about our Landscape Deep Root Feeding program and receive 10% off the first service!
We wish you a warm and safe fall season!!
Fall is here and there is still plenty of lawn work left to be done. Here are a few suggestions to encourage a beautiful lawn now and into next spring!!!
Seeding: If your lawn has spots of dead, matted bluegrass or ryegrass that did not survive through this past summer, these spots must be raked and seeded to allow desirable grass to grow. Simply rake the spots clean, add some fresh topsoil or compost and then sprinkle with grass seed. Always use a turf-type tall fescue blend, the best choice for our area. Read any seed package carefully prior to purchase, as many seeds that claim to be fescue have additives like bluegrass or ryegrass. Avoid this problem by purchasing the highest quality turf-type tall fescue grass seed available by calling Lawn Cure at 812-246-8800.
Be sure to let your lawn care company know if you have seeded so your applications can be adjusted to best support your new seed!
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.
Lawn Nutrients: Be sure your lawn is scheduled for at least two fall applications, one in early-mid fall and one in late fall. Fall is the most important time to provide the proper nutrients to your lawn as you prepare the lawn to entire the dormant conditions of winter.
Wishing you all the best in your fall lawn endeavors!
We are quickly approaching the early fall season which means it's primetime for lawn seeding. We LOVE to hear that our clients are planning fall seeding!! Seeding is the most successful when done in the early fall and is just what your lawn needs to help fill in any bare areas that may be present in your lawn.
We will be seeding many of our clients' lawns this fall with our popular aeration and overseeding service. If we are seeding for you, know that we will already have made the adjustments necessary to your remaining lawn applications to best enhance your new seed.
For those clients of ours who choose to do their own fall seeding, we are so happy you have made this wonderful decision for your lawn. You MUST, however, tell us about it!! Once we know you will be seeding, we will make the necessary adjustments to your program as well to accommodate your new seed. Please let us know your plans by either calling our office or logging into your account from this website and sending us a message.
Don't wait! Make your fall seeding plans now! Your lawn will thank you with a thick, lush stand of turf next spring!!
There are many insects that eat the top portion (blade) of our lawns. In these cases, the root and crown of the plant are strong enough for the plant to recover. Not so with grub worms!
The grub is the larval stage of many beetles, such as the Japanese Beetle. Adult beetles lay their eggs, which then hatch into grub worms, usually around early August. If you have noticed a large population of adult beetles feeding on your landscape plantings in June and July, odds are your lawn may become infested with grubs.
Once hatched, the grub develops quickly, as it eats the root system of your lawn. Because grubs feed during the heat of summer, when heat is high and rainfall is low, grass is already under stress. Therefore, once the root is compromised by the grub, the upper portion of the plant dies. The now dead turf can be picked up in big, brown clumps. Reseeding of the lawn in fall will then become a necessity to reestablish the lost turf.
Avoid unnecessary grub damage! Both preventative and curative products are available should your lawn become susceptible to grubs. All grub-control products must be watered into the soil profile for maximum effectiveness. Contact your lawn care provider for further details.