Have you always wanted a lush, verdant lawn that is the envy of the whole neighborhood? You can't simply conjure up a beautiful lawn out of thin air, but with a bit of work and preparation, your yard can become the talk of the town. With spring now upon us and summer lurking just around the corner, there's no better time to get started. So, why wait? Roll up your sleeves and tackle these essential lawn care tips.
Prepare for Growing Season
As winter thaws into spring and eventually summer, your yard slowly shifts into high gear and enters its prime growing season. In order to take advantage of this transition, it's important to make a few key preparations. First, mow your lawn as short as possible and follow up with a thorough raking. This removes dead and aging grass as well as leaves, thatch and other debris, allowing maximum room for new grass to grow and thrive. Next, aerate your lawn to make it easier for water and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil. This promotes a healthier and stronger root system, which is essential for a thriving lawn. It's recommended that you aerate your lawn at least once every two to three years, though you may wish to do it more frequently for heavily trafficked areas.
Practice Good Lawn Maintenance
Once your lawn begins to grow in earnest, it's time to switch gears and begin focusing on maintenance. Start off by treating your lawn with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer as soon as it begins growing, but be sure not to fertilize if rain is in the forecast to prevent wash-out. Once your lawn has grown enough to require cutting, try to mow about once per week, keeping the length at approximately three inches. Be aware, however, that you should leave your grass slightly longer during the hottest summer months to provide more moisture retention and shade for the root system. Finally, ensure that your lawn is watered regularly. A good rule of thumb is that a healthy lawn should get about an inch of water once per week, ideally applied early in the morning to avoid unnecessary evaporation. However, be sure to check your local guidelines to ensure that you don't violate water regulations.
Control Weeds and Pests
Even the most robust and well-maintained lawns can be ruined by damage from weeds and pests. Many weeds can be prevented entirely by using a pre-emergent weed killer in the early spring, and those that do appear can often be effectively spot-treated with an herbicide that is labeled as safe for lawns. Pests, however, are often a trickier proposition. Chinch bugs, armyworms, mole crickets, sod webworms and other common yard pests can wreak havoc on your grass in just a short time, making it essential to identify and treat pest control issues quickly. Discolored patches of grass often indicate a pest problem, as do mounds, burrows, and other soil disruptions. Pesticides are often the first line of defense, but they may not be entirely effective in addressing serious infestations. In some cases, a professional pest control service may be the best option.
A beautiful yard can boost your property values and provide a great place for your family to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, but it does require some work to maintain. The tips above will have you well on your way to a healthy, thriving lawn, but if you find that you still need assistance, Venice Pest Control is here to help. From fertilization and weed prevention to pest control and beyond, simply contact the pros at Venice Pest Control for a free no-obligation quote.