Backyard Lawncare for every season
A great lawn requires a lot of care, maintenance, and a little knowledge about different grasses, weeds, fertilizers, and a variety of other information. Planning and organization are the keys to a lush, green, healthy lawn. A lawn maintenance schedule helps with the prevention of weeds and a variety of diseases.
Your lawn has seasonal needs, so it's important to know what your lawn needs and when it needs it. The type of lawn maintenance schedule your lawn will benefit from depends on the type of grass you have and your location. The state of North Carolina experiences all four seasons, so homeowners need to know about warm and cool-season grasses.
Warm-season grasses include:
Cool-season grasses include:
Each season has a different effect on the grass, and in order to maintain a healthy lawn, there are different steps a homeowner needs to take.
The first thing homeowners in North Carolina should do is observe their lawns. Spring is a season that brings warmer weather and a lot of showers. Once the snow melts, watch your lawn for forming puddles. A landscaping professional may be needed to perform aeration, the loosening of compact soil to maintain a healthy lawn. Essential lawn tools and machinery, including mowers, blowers, edgers, and trimmers, need to be tuned up. Homeowners need to check their mowers and ensure it still works and that the fluids are good. The blade's height and sharpness also need to be checked. A lawncare professional should test the soil pH to ensure it is not too acidic. Prevent crabgrass seeds from germinating by having a lawn care professional apply a pre-emergent. Homeowners also need to dethatch by removing dead grass, branches, leaves, twigs, and other debris from the yard.
Spring Yard Maintenance for Cool-Season Grasses
Cool-season grasses need to be flushed, fertilized, mowed, and seeded. This type of grass needs to be flushed as soon as the soil thaws. Cool-season grasses need to be flushed to reduce potential damages due to areas that are pet-stressed or salt-impacted. Fertilizing cool-season grasses during the spring gives them a growth boost. Mow these grasses at a level slightly below normal, then recycle the grass clippings. These grass clippings should never be removed from the lawn. Although the fall is the best time to seed a lawn, spring is the next best season for seeding. Homeowners who seed their lawns during spring give their lawn a chance to grow and thrive before the summer brings hot temperatures.
Spring Yard Maintenance for Warm-Season Grasses
Warm-season grasses require similar preparation and maintenance as cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses require homeowners to fight weeds, seed, mow, water, and fertilize their lawns. After winter, lawns appear dull and brown, making vibrant green weeds easy to spot. Hiring an NC lawn care professional can help with weed control and other services, including leaf removal and yard cleanups. Spring is the season homeowners with warm-season grasses need to hire a professional to seed their lawn. Homeowners who have thin lawns need to overseed their lawns. Once the soil reaches at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit, warm-season grasses enter their growing season. In spring, these grasses need to be cut lower than normal. During mid-to-late spring, warm-season grasses should be cut at normal heights. The grass clippings should remain on the grass to provide the soil with an adequate structure and a variety of nutrients. Yards with warm-season grasses should be watered with 1 to 1 1/4-inches of water, including water established by rainfall. When the lawn turns green, hire a lawn care professional to fertilize the lawn regularly.
In general, during the summer, homeowners need to worry about pests and mowing their lawns regularly.
Summer Yard Maintenance for Cool-Season Grasses
During the summer, cool-season grasses need to be watered enough to prevent drought stress. Homeowners who have thin grass need to lift the mower's blade to prevent heat damage and aid with shading the roots. A lawn should not be mowed during a drought or high temperatures. As summer begins to fade, cool-season grasses need aeration and should be overseeded to help prevent thinning lawns. Homeowners who suspect problematic areas in their lawn should hire an NC lawn care professional to test their soil during the part of August.
Summer Yard Maintenance for Warm-Season Grasses
In the summer, warm-season grasses need to be fertilized every month or month and a half, which is roughly every four to eight weeks. Homeowners need to mow their grass more often to prevent the removal of over 1/3 of the grass blade at one time. Adjusting the mowing schedule gives the grass a chance to grow taller, which helps reduce water loss, provide shade, and help with the prevention of weeds. Water is essential for warm-season grasses during the late summer. Homeowners should only mow their grass if it has been watered through rain or themselves. Homeowners who choose to mow a dry lawn will increase the stress on their lawn and cause it to become drier.
During the fall, homeowners should cut their grass at the recommended height until the grass stops growing. Homeowners should consider hiring a lawn care professional to prevent weeds from growing using post-emergent herbicides. Rake leaves regularly to prevent them from smothering the grass. NC homeowners need to maintain a hydrated lawn for winter without saturating the soil.
Fall Yard Maintenance for Cool-Season Grasses
Between the later summer to early fall, cool-season grasses need to be fertilized to give it a growth boost. Homeowners should consider hiring an NC lawn care professional to fertilize their lawn six weeks before the first freeze. Newly seeded areas do not require fertilizers. If a lawn requires lime, it should be applied during the mid-to-late fall. The grass does not need to be cut for the next few months so that homeowners can store their mower, blowers, trimmers, and edgers.
Fall Yard Maintenance for Warm-Season Grasses
The only maintenance warm-season grasses need is soil testing for problematic areas. These areas need to be corrected before winter arrives.
Winter is the season when homeowners can relax and not worry too much about their grass.
Winter Yard Maintenance for Cool-Season Grasses
Salt should be avoided to remove ice. Calcium chloride or a soluble fertilizer should be used as an alternative. Clear paths should be made to prevent foot traffic and bare sport on the lawn.
Winter Yard Maintenance for Warm-Season Grasses
The lawn should be mowed to help with the removal of fallen leaves and to help groom the lawn. After mowing, homeowners need to observe their lawns for weeds and other problems.
Homeowners who live in Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC and Matthews, Concord, and Weddington, NC, can count on us to provide superb lawn care services. Our services include pruning and shaping shrubs, pressure washing, aeration and fertilizer application, weed control, and a variety of other beneficial lawn services. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide. We're here to help.