Lawn Care Tips for Saving Some Green
After the heat from the summer, could your lawn use some TLC? Look to your lawn care team for how to bring the green back to your yard. We have the best tips for reviving your grass before it get’s dried out and brown from winter.
Check Your Crown
Before you begin reviving your lawn, check to be sure that the crowns of your grass (the whitish area at the base of the blade where the individual blades of grass form and shoot out), are still alive. If the crowns are white but slightly darkened then your grass may just need more watering. If it’s brown then no matter how much you water, your grass has dried out too much and it won’t return green again. A professional lawn care team can perform these crown inspections for you to determine the health of your grass.
Reviving the Dead
- Don’t Play Nice with Weeds
Your lawn care team will pull weeds and use herbicides to rid your yard of unwelcomed plants
- Let it Breathe
Dethatching your lawn allows air, water and nutrients to better permeate and circulate to the soil underneath the thatch layer (layer of decomposing plant material rich in nutrients)
- Mix it Up
Lawn care team’s next step involves tilling the soil to a depth of 6 inches so that organic compost can be added as the bulkiness of clay soil is reduced, and tilling improves the water-holding capacity of sandy soil
- Plant the Seed
Fertilize your lawn to strengthen its roots. Also reseed or lay sod where needed or ask your lawn care team to spread grass seed, or to match up new sod with the existing root system.
Tired of Replacing Grass?
Once you have revived your dead grass you want to keep it looking great all year. Your lawn care team can protect your investment throughout the season, but here are some tips to keep in mind to get the longest lifespan from your grass.
- Irrigate the dead patches you’ve replaced or repaired, daily! This will keep the soil moist, be sure the ground isn’t soggy. Keep up daily watering for two to three weeks, tapering off and gradually reducing the frequency of watering so your new grass’ roots take hold and integrate with the lawn’s root system.
- Mow every 10 – 12 days to keep the grass short but not to jeopardize the new root system. A lawn care team has the most knowledge of how short your lawn needs to be cut, but it certainly should not be so short as to show the crowns of the grass.
- Continue to fertilize every 4 – 5 weeks through the fall. Your grass is new and growing, it needs plenty of nutrients to get it strong and healthy. Have a lawn care team aerate and dethatch your soil every couple of years to help to soil breathe.
Keeping a luscious green lawn all winter is the envy of every neighbor, but pulling that off can be tricky! If you don’t know the time, tools, or experience to revive your dead grass then trust your landscaping to our lawn care team.