Year-round lawn maintenance schedule
When it comes to your lawn there is something you must keep in mind: Timing is everything. In order to have successful, healthy green grass in your lawn you need to stay on top of maintenance all year long. The best lawn maintenance schedules include year-round lawn care practices. You’ll want to make sure that all of the important treatments are included in your schedule, such as fertilization, aeration, irrigation, mowing, pH balancing, pest control and weed removal.
Know when to act
Your lawn has ways of letting you know what it needs. While you can create a tentative schedule, it can be hard to determine the exact time that treatments are necessary in some cases. Oftentimes your lawn will let you know when its ready for fertilization, reseeding, pest removal or another type of treatment. The most important rule of your lawn care schedule is to listen to your lawn. Certain steps may need to take place before or after you had originally scheduled, so consider your plans a rough draft instead of a final blueprint.
Know your area
Regional conditions are vital when making your lawn maintenance schedule. Without being able to anticipate factors like weather patterns, soil types, rainfall averages and pest treats for your area there is very little that you can do as far as scheduling your lawn’s care needs. Take time to research your area before deciding on the type of grass you plant or making a yearlong schedule.
A plan for every season
You may find it difficult to make a lawn maintenance schedule from scratch. The easiest way to come up with a comprehensive schedule is to plan by season. Your lawn’s needs change with the seasons, and each time there is a major shift in weather patterns you’ll need to prepare your yard. Here are some of the most important lawn treatments, by season.
Spring – Spring offers the ideal conditions for your lawn, but that doesn’t mean you should take a break from lawn care during these mild months. It is important that you prepare your lawn for summer during this time. Required lawn treatments for spring may include fertilization, pH tests, aeration and partial reseeding.
Summer – Most lawns are not fans of sweltering weather. If you live in an area where summer temperatures reach extremely high averages, you’ll need to take extra care of your lawn during the summer. Make sure you’re giving your lawn plenty of water during the summer months. Summer is also the time where all sorts of pests are most active, so your lawn maintenance schedule should include pest control treatments during these warmer months.
Fall – Once summer has passed most regions begin to experience weather patterns that lawns enjoy during the fall. This time of year is one of the most important for your lawn, so there is a lot to do during this quick season. You want your lawn to be prepared for winter, so you may need to overseed, dethatch or even lay down sod during the fall. When watering your lawn in the fall be sure to only do so early in the morning, you want your lawn to have plenty of time to dry before the sun sets.
Winter – Most lawns are not able to survive during harsh winter conditions. Unless you live in an area with very mild winters, you will probably see your lawn go into a hibernation state during these cold months. Prior to winter’s arrival be sure to cut your lawn one last time, mowing it shorter than you would during the rest of the year. Do not your your grass lower than is recommended for the type of seed in your yard.