Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means in 2 more weeks we will be in March!!!! Will the weather change with the month, we’ll see!
Overseeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few homeowners ever do it. So, you ask, if I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now? The answer is grass is not immortal. After five or six years, grass plants will slow down their reproduction rates; they get tired just like we do as we age. Thin grass invites weeds.
Overseeding compensates for that natural slow down of the turf’s reproduction. There are two major benefits to overseeding every five or six years. First, you insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if it has thinned, you will make it thick again. Thick grass has few if any weeds if it is mowed over 2 inches tall.
The second benefit is disease resistance. The new varieties of seed you sow this year will have better disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.
A calendar cannot tell you if it is time to fertilize. The key to knowing if your lawn is ready, is the overall condition. Here are a few ways to tell if your lawn is ready:
•your grass looks pale green
•has traces of yellowing
•is growing slowly, or not at all
•it has been more than 8 weeks since the last application
Proper selection and application of lawn fertilizers has a huge impact on the condition and appearence of your lawn, not to mention it can make your neighbors green with envy.
Aerating a lawn allows essential nutrients such as Oxygen, Phosphorus and Potassium to better penetrate the roots of grass. Theprocess involves mechanically poking thousands of holes in the ground, using an aerator machine.
Here are three signs that it could be time to aerate your yard:
1.Your lawn is thinning. If your yard seems to be thinning and you can’t trace any other obvious cause, such as a new source of shade or watering changes, the reason may be soil compaction.
2.Lawn fertilizer doesn’t do much good anymore. When soil is highly compacted, the lawn fertilizer nutrients are unable to reach the roots of grass. If you fertilize but don’t see much in the way of results, you may have overly compacted soil.
3.You have a lot of runoff. Overly compacted soil doesn’t absorb water as well as soil with space between particles. If you’re starting to see more runoff than normal, and more rain or irrigation isn’t the cause, you may need to aerate.
The best time to aerate lawns is approximately two weeks before applying the year’s final fertilizer, or five to six weeks before the first frost.
Did You Know That…
Mowing height adjustment is probably the most important practice to prepare lawns for hot weather. Mow at heights around three inches or slightly higher. If in doubt, set the mower as high as it will go. Lawns maintained at higher heights usually develop deeper roots and dry out slower than closely mowed turf. Lawn growth will slow as the weather gets drier and hotter.
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During the hot summer months in Wisconsin have you ever wondered if your grass is getting enough water? Here are some brief tips that can help your lawn to look it’s best through these next few months.
1. Make sure you water it early in the morning, typically around 5 a.m. while humidity is still high and the dew is still present. Watering in the morning rather than in the evening will save your lawn from dangerous diseases.
2. A mere ¾- 1” of water a week is sufficient, but when rainfall is on the horizon, let nature do the watering. Without flooding it, soak your grass to promote root stimulation. It’s also important to make sure all parts of the turf have been saturated to prevent unsightly dry patches from forming.
Remember to keep your lawn and yourself hydrated throughout the summer.
1. Lawn Watering–
Of course summer lawn care will consist of frequent watering, but do you really understand the proper way to use your sprinkler most proficiently when the weather heats up? The first step is watering at the correct time of day, which is going to be either early in the morning or later in the evening. Most lawn care experts choose the morning hours, since leaving the grass wet at night may lead to a better chance of a variety of lawn diseases. Make sure you apply enough water to soak into the ground at least six inches, since this will promote more robust root growth, which leads to a healthier lawn.
2. Lawn Fertilizing–
Most people also know that summer lawn care needs to include normal feedings for our grass, but cautionshould be taken in the hottest weather when putting chemicals onto our lawn. Call Happy Turf Professional Lawn Service at 262-697-5013 to ensure your lawn is properly fertilized.
3. Lawn Mowing-
It may seem that the mowing is never done when it comes to lawn care. However, although it may be tempting to maintain your grass short during the summer months to reduce the frequency of your mowing, shorter grass does not retain moisture and dries out more rapidly. For Kentucky blue grass, it is best to keep your lawn height to three or three-and-a-half inches tall during the warmest part of the summer. When the weather cools down a bit, you can reduce that length by an inch or so. Part of good summer lawn care is giving that little bit of length to keep grass moist and lush when the sun is beating down on it.
Summer lawn care is not horribly complicated, but there are some adjustments that you should make when the really hot weather strikes. By following these summer lawn care tips, you will be able to enjoy that lush carpet of green all summer long.