Lawn Cure’s Seasonal Lawn Tips
- Keep your mower at one of the highest settings, leaving at least a 3” blade
- Be sure the mower is adjusted to mulch all of the grass clippings. DO NOT BAG YOUR CLIPPINGS!
- Sharpen your mower blade regularly to avoid disease and color issues
- 1-2 inches of water should be applied to the lawn each week, via rain or manual irrigation
- When manually irrigating, do so in the early morning hours, avoiding night watering, which can lead to lawn disease
- Running your sprinklers 30 minutes 2 or 3 times per week should suffice to keep your lawn in good health
- Spot seeding bare areas or larger lawn renovation projects are more successful when scheduled in early fall. Look for more information on seeding later this summer
Fall/Winter Lawn Tips
- Feeding your lawn in the late fall/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.
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. 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!
- During your lawn’s end-of-season cut, you may opt for a slightly shorter length, which can make year-end cleanups easier. But remember, the shorter the turf, the shorter the roots! Maintain a healthy mowing height. Grass roots will continue to grow through the winter, storing necessary energy and nutrients. Don’t let the calendar dictate your final cut. If we get a warm spell and the lawn needs mowing…mow it!
pH Soil Testing
- Late 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.
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.
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