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Winter is more likely to be the season when you will be thinking the least about your lawn. Providing your lawn with frequent care in the colder temperature can be troublesome.
The end of fall season is an indication of the end of growing season. Regardless of that, you still need to watch out for threats such as stress or diseases. A lawn that is not prepared for the winter will result in a disastrous outcome in the spring. Below, the article will discuss some winter lawn care tips that ensure that lawn stays green and lush.
Preparing your lawn for pests is one of the most integral steps that you can take to prepare your lawn for the winter. You can utilize an integrated pest management strategy that can control any irregularities that emerge in your grass. From stress caused by drought, to fungus that eats up the nutrients of healthy grass, pest management strategies can ensure that the grass stays green under all weather conditions.
Rake and Dethatch
Before temperature drops, make sure to rake and dethatch your lawn as a form of preparation. Raking rids all the leaves and debris from the grass. This allows your grass to breathe and get all the sunlight as possible.
Removing access leaves and debris rids the lawn from developing any extra moisture on the grass. This is important as moisture serves as a feeding ground for microbial and fungal growth. Another thing you can do is trim down any tree branches that are providing additional shade to the lawn.
If your lawn freezes due to the extreme drop in temperature, you can use a post-emergent product that can help with this lawn trauma. Another thing that helps with avoiding winter damage involves killing down the weeds before the winter season takes full affect.
To do this, you can resort to a non selective eraser and spray it over the weeds. Since the eraser will be non-selective, make sure that you are not spraying it anywhere apart from the weeds as it kill anything that it comes with contact with.
It is important to treat weeds when they are young and actively growing. If the weeds have already grown to a good size, then you may find it more difficult to control them.
Care in the winters
You may be wondering whether fertilizing your lawn is indeed important in the winters. When the grass is not actively growing in the colder season, then it is likely that it does not need the extra boost of fertilizer. It is best not to fertilize your lawn when it freezes in the winters.
This is because even if it may look like the grass is at a dying stage from above, but in most cases it is very much alive under the soil. If you still wish to fertilize, make sure that the fertilizer is high in potassium and phosphorus and low in nitrogen. As you can see, a winter lawn freeze is nothing to worry too much about, as long as you have winterized the lawn in the fall season.
The best time to winterize your lawn and make it resilient to the sudden freeze is between the early to the late fall season. Winterizing refers to adding a nitrogen fertilizer just before the grass stops growing and before it goes into dormancy.
What Happens to the Grass at Low Temperatures
When you get to the colder temperatures, the grass stops most of its top growth. By doing so, it does not mean that the grass is not consuming energy. The grass consumes energy; however, it expends that energy into growing deeper from the roots to accumulate more nutrients.
Therefore, if you add nitrogen to the root system when the roots are digging deep for nutrients, you are, in turn, providing them with the energy that they can store until the winter passes. This means that the grass will blossom in the spring of next year. Nonetheless, it is important to know that every grass type is different, and you may have to time the fertilizer according to the grass type and the region.
The general rule of thumb to tell whether you should start your lawn winter prep is to observe your lawns last mow. Just as winter arrives, you begin to notice that the grass is slowing down or its growth rate is decreasing, and you may not have to mow the lawn anymore. This is an indication that the ground will freeze anytime. Therefore, this is the best time to equip your lawn’s roots with sufficient fertilizer. This is also the time when temperatures are hovering around the upper 40s consistently for weeks.
When it comes to the fertilizer for winter prep, you want to make sure that you provide the grass with one that has a decent shot of nitrogen. You also want to look for one that does release slowly. Ensure that the fertilizer is quick release instead. Moreover, if you resort to a synthetic option, water them if you expect no rain in the area.
Other Cool-Season Lawn Tips
Many people like to mow just before the winters. However, if you decide to do that, the longer you continue watering and leaving your lawn a little longer, it helps your lawn stay greener all winter.
This will often allow your lawn to stay greener when the winter spell ends for a short period. If you are cutting down your lawn just a notch because you are afraid of mold in the spring season, you should not worry, as the nitrogen that you apply late fall will help cope with it later spring. If you have any questions, make sure to contact us.
Winter and spring have come and gone, and the oncoming of summer is ahead of you. In certain instances, the summer season can be an onslaught for your lawn. While lawn care may seem like a drastic task, you can still resort to simple tips. These can help you accomplish the flawless green lawn that you have always been longing for. Below are quick tips and maintenance methods that you should perform to keep your lawn from going dormant because of the scorching heat stress.
Do Not Dethatch Your Lawn in Dormancy
Many people in the summers rake their grass when it is in the dormancy stage. This is mainly because people mistake dormant grass for dead grass. If your grass starts to yellow or get dry in the presence of the summer, it means that the grass is going through a hibernation phase or dormancy phase.
In this phase, the grass is trying to survive the summer heat, and preserving nutrition and water due to excessive evaporation. Hence, the grass in the dormancy stage is still very much alive, even though it looks like it is dead. Dethatching or raking is not the way to go if you want to maintain your grass in the summer.
Keep Nutrition Minimal
Once a lawn begins to show dry patches and dormancy, people usually respond to this by overloading their lawn with fertilizer. However, applying nitrogen-heavy fertilizer is not going to help deal with grass dormancy or even the added heat stress. Under dormant conditions, your lawn does not need the burdening macronutrients because it is likely to put the lawn under even more stress.
Taking this approach will ultimately have you waste fertilizer. Your grass is already running out of energy trying to fight the summer heat. This means it does not have enough energy to consume the fertilizer.
Instead of fertilizer, you can provide your lawn with a micronutrient, such as iron. Since iron is a micronutrient, this means that plants need much smaller amounts to utilize. Iron is an amazing choice because it gives the grass a better richness in color.
Do not irrigate at Night
Although your grass needs water to step away from dormancy, make sure that you irrigate during the day. Watering the lawn during the night means that you are promoting disease. Summer nights are usually hot, humid and the temperatures are optimum for fungus and diseases.
When you provide water during the night, you are putting your lawn at risk of fungal invasions, which is a bigger threat than dormancy. All you will get from a nightly irrigation routine is more dry and yellow patches on your lawn. Try irrigating very early in the morning instead. Watering the dry spots by hand is another great way option to help your lawn fight heat stress.
Even though the summers can put your grass on the brink of survival, it does not mean that you have to look for extraordinary measures. All you have to do is be smart, and keep the grass healthy until the temperatures go down and the rainy season begins.
If you desire to have a great-looking lawn then you must get rid of all the invasive weeds that are growing alongside the grass. This way, all you will have, is a plain field of evenly cut grass, which looks neat, tidy, and beautiful. Nevertheless, taking care of the weed is much harder than it may seem.
Weeds such as crabgrass and clover are likely to disrupt the overall look of your law. Not to mention, they also consume the nutrition from the soil, resulting in the grass wilting and dying. This is why weeding or removal of weeds is an important part of lawn maintenance.
Different Weed Control Methods
Controlling weeds encompass many different kinds of methods. You can get rid of them using chemical products, and physically pluck them out. Also, you can also find methods that circle cultural and biological weed control procedures. Most people like to resort to chemical products that you can find at any store.
Applying this product involves using a pump sprayer or any other type of spray. Once you settle on your favorable weed killer product, you can move on to the spraying process. Use a spray that provides you a fine spread and mist for your chemical. This helps you distribute the chemical application evenly across your whole lawn.
Another important thing to take into account is that you have to spray the weeds only once. Over spraying the weeds is not advisable as it can result in killing the grass alongside the weeds. This is why you must only apply a fine layer of the chemical solution to the weeds.
After spraying the lawn, read the product label to find out about the toxicity of the solution, so that you can have a better idea of when you can allow your pets and children to enter the lawn. Before you can safely enter the lawn, make sure that the chemical solution has dried off.
What to Expect
Once you have sprayed the solution, you might have to wait for about a week or so and observe the weed conditions of the lawn. In the best-case scenario, you will find that the weed in the lawn is starting to turn white. This whitening means that they are dying, and once they do, the grass will start to fill up the dry patches on your lawn.
Always make sure to contact us if you have any questions about your lawn. We can come to evaluate and recommend what is best for your lawn.
We no longer use synthetic blended fertilizers. Synthetic blends feed the leaf of the plant. The plant can utilize just so much of the product while the rest sits on the ground.
Organics feed the soil. Re-building the soil structure for air & water infiltration. Similar to two magnets fighting each other and breaking up the soil to grow great roots. Great roots grow great grass!
Liquid Organic Aeration contains compounds that act like magnets repelling each other, thus aerating your soil. We like it better than the traditional method because it penetrates 100% of the soil as opposed to just where the physical plugs are. We also like that it permeates 8″ to 10″, instead of just 2″ to 4″.
This method of aeration will also save you money as it is nowhere near as labor-intensive, has less mess, and no chance of disturbing underground wiring or sprinkler systems.
What has been in the media as of late is the systemic type of insecticides on flowering plants that bees may visit for pollen. Systemic means the plant takes it up with its roots and is taken throughout the entire plant.
The first question we ask is, Does the plant produce flowers that bees visit? In this case of grass, it does not, so the exposure of bees to the imidacloprid (e-media-cloe-prid) applied to the lawn is probably minimal. We also use a granule product so we get no drift like a liquid may drift into flowers.
The very first and last mowing should be at least 2 inches tall.
Spring and fall mowing should be at least 3 inches tall.
Summer mowing should be at least 3.5 inches tall.
We ony use immediate entry products, which means there is minimal wait time to reuse the lawn. It is best to wait for the applied products to dry before entering whether they are organic or a pesticide. We focus on improving the health of the soil by using organics, we use only the smallest amounts of pesticides needed. Providing a safe, healthy lawn for your family and pets is our top priority.
Here’s how….Water your lawn 3 times per week for one hour per area. The best times to water are early in the morning or late afternoon. The worst time to water (because it causes fungus to kill your lawn) is between 7pm and 2am. Water after 7pm is very bad for the lawn.
We provide an Organic aeration application that will double the effectiveness of your watering. Organic aeration allows more water to penetrate and be retained in the soil where the grass roots grow.