Create a custom lawn care calendar based on your lawn’s needs
It can be tough to care for your lawn if you’re waiting for it to tell you what to do, especially since many of the signs of distress appear long after the proper time to perform a treatment. By creating a year-long lawn care calendar at the start of the year, you’ll know all of the maintenance steps that need to be taken long in advance, and you’ll only need to make adjustments when things don’t go as planned.
Plotting out the year-long care schedule of your lawn may seem daunting, but the process is actually fairly simple. There are many treatments that lawns require throughout the year, and making a calendar just involves identifying the best time to perform each of these treatments. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started with your new lawn care calendar.
Consider your lawn’s seasonal needs
If you live in an area where there are long seasons of steady rainfall or drought, your lawn care calendar will look much different from someone whose lawn experiences different conditions. For this reason, your local conditions play a big role in creating your calendar. In dryer areas you may need to irrigate more often and fertilize multiple times per year, whereas more moist environments may not require this at all.
Learn as much as you can about your area before you begin work on your calendar. Find out about the average rainfall patterns by season, high and low monthly temperatures and seasonal pest threats that may become a problem in your lawn. If you are not sure about where to locate this information, check with a gardening team member at your local home improvement store. A lawn care expert will also have all of the most updated information about the seasonal conditions in your area, as well as the best treatments for each part of the year.
Plan all treatments in advance
Last-minutes treatments hardly ever work out well for your lawn, so you should plan all of these processes out long before the time to execute them. Unique conditions in your yard may force you to change these plans over time, but having a treatment well planned ensures that you perform it at the best possible time.
When scheduling treatments in your lawn, let go of the idea of specific dates. Think in terms of weeks, and then wait until the ideal day for treatment when that week arrives. Most treatments work best on soil that is only slightly moist or completely dry. The day of a storm, and even up to several days following heavy rain, are not smart times to be applying lawn treatments.
Change your schedule as needed
Performing a scheduled lawn treatment could be a bad idea if the conditions aren’t right. Your soil’s pH level can change rapidly, and you should always perform an additional test before starting any scheduled treatment. The results of this test may affect the products you use, the treatment you perform, and even alter specific steps along the way.
If adjustments are required to your schedule, don’t panic: Just take a look at the information that’s available to you and make your decision based on that. Going forward with an unnecessary treatment will be no good for your lawn. Even the healthiest treatments could cause unneeded damage if performed incorrectly.
A lawn care calendar is a very helpful tool, but if you follow it too closely you could face some real problems in your lawn. If you aren’t able to provide your lawn with the care it needs, consider reaching out to an experienced lawn care company. They’ll be able to meet all of your lawn’s needs without any guesswork or mistakes.