A whole lot more goes into quality lawn care other than simply regular irrigation and mowing. To achieve superior results you have to know what products to increase the soil as well as what pests will need to be eliminated. Not only that, but throughout the various climates of the country the correct timing of product program is imperative to achieving a great looking yard.
The first exercise that must be performed is to employ pre-emergent grassy weed control in either the late winter or early spring depending on where you live. Generally, residents living in southern states will want to apply this product in late winter while people living in more temperate northern climates will want to wait until early spring to do so. Pre-emergent grassy weed control is designed as a barrier which, once implemented, will block weeds like crabgrass, quack grass, and spurge from finding their way to the surface. It’s recommended that two applications of pre-emergent weed control be applied about six months apart for optimum protection.
Either at the exact same time or soon after pre-emergent weed control is applied to your lawn you’ll want to begin a feeding schedule for your turf. Starting in late winter or early spring, grass has to be consistently fed during the growing season. Normally, early season feedings will include high levels of nitrogen to promote deep green color despite cooler soil temperatures. By late spring, it’s wise to change to a more balanced fertilizer that contains equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This will encourage root growth in your turf while maintaining its great colour.
When summer hits most grass types no more will benefit from nitrogen. In actuality, this mineral may easily burn your yard when accompanied with sweltering heat. Instead, to maintain decent color, it is recommended that you apply iron. Iron will not burn the turf, but its benefits typically don’t survive as long as nitrogen’s. During the summer you may also employ high potassium fertilizers as well as limestone, which will fortify your yard with needed calcium and magnesium while helping to balance your soil’s pH level.
In the fall it is wise to go back to a high nitrogen fertilizer to promote continued good color. At this time it is also important to apply important amounts of phosphorous, which encourages root development and also is a beneficial mineral for promoting seed germination. For most grass types you will want to seed or over seed in the autumn, so the phosphorous will assist in thickening your turf.
The concluding part of proper lawn care is eliminating pests that attempt to take over your lawn through the course of the growing season. Things such as weeds, diseases, bugs, and rodents can wreak terror on your yard if they are not eliminated. This is where lawn care becomes extremely tricky, however. Once again, timing is everything when applying products to eliminate pests. Broad-leaf weed control, by way of example, can only be applied to your yard in the spring and fall months when soil temperatures are below 77 degrees. Additionally, disease control products are only effective when soil temperatures are above 80 degrees. Because of these issues it is sensible to keep tabs on the current soil temperature in your yard.