Many people mistakenly believe that a beautiful looking lawn is the result of all your summer efforts. Although you can revive your lawn and get it to a point at which it looks great in the summer, if you want it looking nice regularly, it takes work all year long. If you want a beautiful yard, take advantage of these lawn care tips for each season and watch how you become the envy of your neighborhood.
During the winter months, lawns become dormant and stop needing regular attention. However, there are a few things you still need to do if you want your grass to come back nicely in the spring. For starters, when you have frost on your grass, do not walk on it. Walking across frozen grass can break the blades and cause damage. Another important winter to-do item is to rake up any leaves or debris left over from the fall months. Leaves left on the ground prevent sunlight from reaching the grass and can kill it.
When spring arrives, it is time to give your lawn some much-needed attention. Your first steps involve mowing, fertilizing, and watering. Lawns that are more than a year old benefit from aerating, which breaks up the soil and compacted roots and allows for airflow. If you are planning on putting in a new lawn, or have areas that need replacing, prepare the soil first. Lay sod or seed after there is no chance for a freeze, then water it often until the roots have taken hold.
After summer hits, you will have several things you need to do to keep your lawn healthy. However, you have to pay close attention to the weather, for it affects how and when you should tend to the grass. Your list of summer to-dos include watering, mowing, and fertilizing. You don’t have to water daily unless you find that the dirt is drying out in the higher temperatures. Water in the morning and evening so as to not to burn your grass. Mow weekly, except for when temperatures are extremely high. It is a good idea to fertilize a second time. However, make sure that you fertilize your lawn only on a cooler day and water it thoroughly.
The steps you take during fall will ensure that your lawn survives the winter and then flourishes in the spring. Although growth has slowed, you may need to mow a couple of times in the fall. Just make sure you cut the blades at a longer length. If you aerate, rake a top coat of dirt through the grass to fill the holes before it freezes; this prevents the roots from freezing and dying. Fertilize your lawn again in the fall to strengthen it before it turns cold. Don’t let the fall leaves pile up on your lawn. Rake the leaves away and allow your lawn to breathe and soak up the sunlight it needs.
Use these tips over the next few seasons, and your lawn will become the lawn of your dreams.