Just because there's a chill in the air doesn't mean you should be ignoring your yard.....
Winter is the best season to prune trees, because pruning encourages new growth and fruit production.
In the spring, everything begins to grow rapidly after the dormant period of winter. Consider these spring lawn care tips to help you bring your lawn back to life:
As grass comes out of dormancy from the long winter, it should be checked for lawn diseases, such as dead spots and insects like grub worms.
Healthy lawns that receive proper year-round lawn care and lawn treatments tend to be more resistant to pests and diseases all year long. Spring lawn care starts with lawn fertilizing. Proper fertilization of your lawn in the spring is vital because this feeding replenishes the reserves used during the dormant winter period.
It is very beneficial to allow grass clippings to remain on the lawn after mowing. This process is known as grass cycling. After a long winter, you should also check the thatch level to see if the lawn needs to be dethatched or aerated.
Spring lawn care can help prevent grassy weeds like crab grass, and the spring season is also a great time to treat lawns with pre-emergent. Spring lawn care services such as proper maintenance of landscaping flower beds can also prevent weeds.
Proper watering and water conservation is important at any time of the year. It is especially important when the heat and lack of rain leads to water deficits and drought. Evaluate your lawn regularly for signs of irregular color and texture. These can be signs of damage that may result from pest or disease. The essentials of good summer lawn care are watering, fertilizing, and proper mowing. However, sometimes underlying problems ( such as bare spots or severely damaged turf ) require additional measures.
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, the fall season is a critical time to prepare your home for the long winter. Follow these fall lawn care tips to make the fall season last as long as possible before winter begins:
During the fall, your lawn is getting ready to go dormant for the winter. Fertilizing (one part of our Lawn Maintenance Care program) during this period is vital to provide an extra boost of nutrients that will be stored and used during dormancy. Roots actually continue to grow underground throughout the winter and rely on the stored food until Spring.
Power seeding will increase turf density and improve the overall health and appearance of your lawn. Power seeding in the fall season helps the lawn recover from the heavy use from the summer, and it influences the lawn's look for the following spring. A dense lawn is also the best natural defense against weed and insect damage.
The fall is also a great time to aerate your yard. Lawn Aeration combats grass compaction from summer traffic, and encourages the uptake of nutrients and oxygen. If your lawn is starting to get thin, you can also reseed your grass. When the leaves start to fall, rake or blow the lawn clean at least once a week. Keeping your lawn leaf-free not only looks better, it is also healthier. Leaves block sunlight, which is vital in the fall as the lawn stores food for the dormant winter season.