Making a Plan to Prepare for the Change, Part II
Your landscaping has begun to show signs of life again, so now that you’ve got some spring in your step, don’t lose all the work you’ve put in so far. Spring gets you off to a good start, but as the temperature starts to rise, there are even more ways you need to be prepared for the year ahead.
Grubs aren’t only nasty to look at, they’re also nasty on your lawn. Eliminate your mortal enemies with targeted treatments starting in early summer, when these grubby insects come out to play. Areas of the country where frequent rainfall occurs will require a heavier lawn mowing maintenance schedule, but it’s imperative not to be too aggressive in your cutting. It may seem like going shorter would mean lightening your load; but by chopping it down too far, you run the risk of causing it sun-damage, so make sure not to lower the blade on your lawn mower too much. Think in threes: three-inches of growth on your lawn, and three inches of water per week. Just remember to make sure those three inches are spaced; put in a schedule that runs at dusk and at dawn—doing it in the heat of the day may actually cause the grass to burn. Weed regularly by hand so that you can get to the root of the issue; but for bigger patches where weeds seem to be in the lead, cut them down to size with the weed-eater.
Don’t Fall Down on the Job
When autumn falls, give your turf a good raking to remove any dead leaves or grass that might have accumulated. Compost at the beginning of the season—now is the time that your lawn is getting ready to go into hibernation mode, so it’s storing up nutrients for winter. Take advantage of this point in the growth cycle by aerating, seeding, and fertilizing–and don’t forget to keep things well-watered! As the season creeps toward winter, decrease the frequency of your watering cycles until you’ve completely stopped. Do the same with mowing—as the grass slows in its growth, it will eventually require no cutting at all, so cut the lawn short and get ready to retire the mower for the season.
When chilly weather heralds the beginning of winter, mow for the last time and lower the blade so that you’re only leaving a half-inch to an inch of growth. Clean things up—make sure that leaves and debris have been removed from the lawn before the first frost, and check your sprinkler system. Irrigation pipes have the potential to freeze and burst if they haven’t been properly winterized, so check with a local landscaping maintenance professional to see what you might need to do the be prepared.
Don’t let the seasonal shift leave you unprepared! Give the team at Executive Landscaping, Inc., a call today!