Seasonal Lawn Care Tips
Although it doesn’t feel like it lately, Spring is just around the corner, and there is much that can be done to make sure that your lawn is a beautiful background for your summer outdoor activities. Maintaining a beautiful lawn is more than a “mow-it-in-the-summer” job. It takes year round landscaping in order to keep your lawn looking its best. 20 Landscaping in Pittsburgh can help you with that process.
Although it is the dead of winter right now, there are still things that can be done to protect your lawn and make sure that it is ready for the spring. Most important is to remember not to walk on the grass in frosty conditions if at all possible. Walking on frosty grass can cause the areas where you stepped to eventually die, and you will have to reseed these areas in the spring. Another helpful thing to remember is to pick up fallen leaves that remain from the Fall. Fallen leaves block out light and kill the grass underneath.
Once spring arrives, there is much work to be done. This is the time when your lawn really needs your love and care. Grass starts to grow again and relies heavily on water and fertilizer. Fertilizing in spring is essential for a beautiful summer lawn. Choose a fertilizer that is nitrogen-rich to encourage strong growth. Spring is also a great time for sowing seed as the soil is warming up and the typically rainy days will help to speed growth. Towards the end of spring, however, if the weather has been dry, your lawn will benefit from periodic watering with a sprinkler or hose. You will also need to start mowing the grass as it grows. For the first few times, mow once a week and keep the mower raised to its highest level (about one inch).
Summer is when your lawn will see the most action. Children playing, family barbeques, holiday celebrations. Your lawn will most likely need to be mowed once or twice a week, except during extremely dry periods. You should also week the lawn by digging the weeds out and making sure that you have taken the whole root. You can fertilize again in summer, but only if ther eis rain in the forecast as fertilizer will stress and scorch your grass if it is dry. You may also water your lawn during the summer. Grass recovers quickly from drought, however, so in times of extreme dryness, you can conserve resources by watering less frequently.
Summer eventually winds down and the temperatures start to cool into a temperate comfortable Fall season. Proper Fall care will help to make sure that the lawn recovers from the heavy usage of the spring and summer. It will also ensure that the grass is well prepared to survive the low temperatures that winter brings. Rake and remove all fallen leaves. As with the stray leaves you removed last winter, Fall leaves will block out the light that your lawn needs to keep growing. Fall fertilizers must be rich in not nitrogen as in the spring, but in potassium which will strengthen the grass and help it toughen up to survive the winter. Fall is also a good time to seed your lawn as the soil is still warm and the seed will have time to develop good strong roots before it goes dormant for the winter. Lastly, after you have cleared all of the fallen leaves, use a spring-timed rake to rip thatch and dead grass out of the lawn to encourage growth in the spring.
Year round landscaping and lawn care is the only way to achieve a beautiful lawn that can make you the talk of your neighborhood. Let 20 Landscaping help you with all of your questions and landscaping needs. We want to help you have the landscaping you have always dreamed of.