We hope the end of 2020 brought you as much joy and happiness as it brought us. Let us take this time to wish you and your families a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Now is the time of year where everyone makes those New Year’s resolutions. We figured that you are already in great shape, so you don’t need the gym or a diet. So we’d like to suggest a different type of New Year’s resolution…Let 2021 be the year you have your best lawn ever. Now it may not seem like the most exciting goal, but it will be satisfying in the end – we promise! We have decided to tell you about all your lawn health practices for the ENTIRE YEAR! After what happened last year, we might as well prepare for anything. We even added some information on the best crops to plant during each season, for those interested in trying their hand at growing their own produce.
2021 – The Year of the Lawn
The ball may have dropped in Times Square, but you better not drop the ball when it comes to your lawn health. (See what we did there?!) Let’s go over the winter months first, since we are currently in them. ‘Tis the season to be prepared! Hopefully you have taken the necessary precautions for your lawn during the winter season to keep it healthy, protecting it from the harsh frost. Some of these practices include applying fertilizer in earlier seasons, or squeezing in that final trim before the cold really sets in! You may want to consider adding some winterizer to it as well. If you need reminders about caring for your lawn in the winter, you may want to read and go over our last couple of blogs! Since this topic has been heavily discussed in our recent articles, we won’t go into too much detail here.
Thinking about growing some of your own produce? It does come with a feeling of accomplishment! Have some dietary resolutions after all? It doesn’t get healthier than growing your own vegetables! The best types of produce to grow in the winter are beets, broccoli and cauliflower. These vegetables also happen to make great additions to so many meals. There is nothing like a great beet salad or cauliflower pizza, YUM! You’ll appreciate it even more if you grew the ingredients yourself!
Oh the spring season! One of, if not the most optimal season to get your lawn in the best possible shape. It is recommended that fertilizing your lawn happen twice a year, with spring being the first time to do it.
You want to apply that fertilizer and start prepping for the right amount of water to make sure the soil is at its best. This is also the best time to get weed control treatments, if you think they are required for your property. You also want to begin to think about the best height for the specific grass on your lawn. This is important to decide on because you will start mowing and trimming by the end of spring. Know what you want early, so that you can best prepare for it when the time comes! If you do not know what the optimal height for your lawn is, consider consulting a professional.
To continue our food practices in the spring season, we are here to tell you about the great produce to grow during this time of year. Fava beans, corn, potatoes, and berries are at the height of their season! It is also the beginning of the long seasons to start to grow produce like tomatoes and cucumbers. Sounds like the spring produce naturally has a way of getting our bodies ready for salad season!!!
It’s time for fun in the sun! However, the harsh summers can take a toll on your lawn. Drought and high temperatures can dry out the soil and leave dry patches on your grass. This is a crucial time of year to keep your lawn healthy. One may be able to argue that it is the season where you have to do the most upkeep for your lawn, as compared to the rest of the year. During the summer, it is absolutely necessary to water your lawn at least an inch per week. You have to keep your lawn properly nourished and healthy while it is soaking in the hot summer sun. Make sure you water your lawn with the right amount of water. If you water it too much, it can become diseased and start to mold. If you water it too little, it can lead to a weed and insect problem, along with patches of dead grass. Summer is also pest and insect season, so make sure your lawn is healthy and vibrant to keep unwanted insects and pests from destroying your property.
Summer is the optimal time to grow a variety of crops. Great produce choices to grow during the summer include chickpeas, okra, summer squash, cherries, figs and melons. It is also the seasonal start of growing apples, peaches, plums, nectarines and zucchini.
Fall is the second time of year that you must make sure your lawn gets fertilized. (If you are skimming this blog, spring is the first, but shame on you for skipping all these valuable points!).
Fall is another important season in lawn care. It’s not only time for your lawn’s second fertilization, but also the season to start to prepare for winter. It is also the time of year to gather up all your leaves and put them in a compost pile for you or someone you know to use them. The temperatures start to get cooler. Drought and dry heat become less of an issue as you get further into the season. Always make sure you have the right soil, optimal grass height, and a plan for weed control. Make sure you are keeping up with mowing the grass, as well as trimming your shrubs and hedges to prepare your property for the approach of winter.
Fall provides a great variety of produce that will definitely help get you through winter. The best kinds of vegetables and fruits to grow in the fall are peanuts, chilies, pears, grapes, shallots, winter squash, oranges, grapefruits and pomegranates. With so many choices, it will be difficult to decide what you want to grow!
That was just a brief walkthrough of your 2021 lawn year. We will continue to keep you up to date, with in-depth articles listing the essential information you will need to know all year round. Please make a note of what seasons are best for fertilizing your lawn. It is also important to keep up with regular watering, mowing, and trimming, to help your grass grow stronger and healthier than ever before.
Hope this “Lawn Year in Review” shed some light on the preparations needed for the months ahead. We are looking forward to spending another year with you and making some new friends along the way!
Marathon Lawn Care is the best choice for homeowners in the Austin, TX area, and we also serve North Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander. In addition, we serve the following communities within the region:
- Cat Hollow
- Scofield Farms
- Wells Branch
- Anderson Mill West
- Village at Anderson Mill
- Mesa Park
- Rattan Creek
- Hunters Chase
- Old Millwood
If you have any questions about our services or lawn care in general, feel free to give us a call or get in touch with us online today! Our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.