Ultra-Green Lawn Care has over 25 years experience in the lawn care industry. We have been servicing lawns since 1989. Here are some Seasonal Tips to help improve your lawn & also some problems that may occur at different times of the year. Remember the best weed control is a thick lawn, which help's choke out any weeds. There is no product out on the market to prevent weeds. We can only kill weeds that are present at the time of the fertilizing application.
Early Spring (end of Feb. thru March)
Some Problems that may occur are:
Gray Snow Mold, Salt Damage- common in parkways, Spring Dead Spots, Lawn Disease, Bare Spots, Brown Spots (damaged area's)
Brown Area's: Most brown area's or damaged area's especially (Kentucky Bluegrass), should recover with rain & cooler temperatures in the spring. If not, the area's should be raked out lightly (to loosen the soil), & seeded or use Patch Master. Important to keep wet.
Gray Snow Mold - Also should recover, if not then rake out lightly & reseed areas.
To Help Lawn Green Up in the Spring - A key to getting your lawn to green up is to get the soil temp to 60 degrees. In order to do that the sun must be able to warm up the soil. To do that mow the lawn shorter than usual the first cutting of the season, in the early spring. DO NOT SCALP THE LAWN, just cut it a little shorter than your regular cutting. With a shorter lawn, the sun is able to warm up the soil & your lawn will green up quicker in spring.(Also recommended for last cutting of the season in the late fall). This is why the lawns facing south or west , that get sun almost all day (not shaded area's) green up faster in spring. The soil is warmed up & the lawn start's growing…
SPRING (April thru May)
Some problems in the spring are: Weeds
Dandelions, Ground Ivy, Chickweed
Brown area's- Damaged area's that never recovered from last season (insect damage, lawn disease, burnt area's etc..
TIPS- Watering: Usually in the spring we get enough rain, but start good watering habits. 1 - 2 times per week
Mowing: Start to raise up the mower. DO NOT SCALP THE LAWN. Mowing at the proper height helps for a healthier lawn
SUMMER (June -July- August)
Problems: Summer Annual Weeds
Annual weeds appear each summer (Different weeds appear at different times of the season).
Some may be Spurge, Knotweed, Oxalis, Nutsedge, Crabgrass
Two of the most common reasons that a lawn does not green up are mowing too short & not watering lawn regularly
Stressed out lawn: Drought Stress - Lack of Watering
Mowing to short & Scalping Lawn
Diseases - Dollar Spot Fusirium Blight, Patch Diseases
Insects - Sod Web Worms, Cut worms, Billbugs (can be why lawn has browned out)
TIPS- Mowing - Raise mower up 2 1/2 to 3 inches
Watering - Very important to keep good watering habit's (as much as you can) 2-3 times per week if possible.
FALL - (September, October, November)
Some problems in the Fall are Insect or Grub Damage..
Now is the time to check for any Insect or Grub Damage to your lawn. Check for areas starting to brown out or the grass is lifting up like a rug..
If your grass is lifting up like a rug, carefully pull back the grass & check if you see any visable grubs. If grubs are found, treat the immediate area & the entire lawn with the appropiate insecticide, and gently place grass into place. Water thoroughly so the insecticide is absorbed into the root system of the grass plants. Continue watering until the grass has rerooted itself..If the Grub damage is severe, you may have to rake the area out, treat with the proper insecticide & reseed or replace the grass.
General Rule of Thumb concerning Grubs:
When grubs are found on a lawn, the first thing people generally think is that they have to immediately rake out the grass areas or dig it up & replace the entire lawn. This is not true. If you put the grass back into place & treat affected area's with an insecticide & water, most of the grass will recover. Grubs eat the root's of the grass, so think of the piece's of grass that are lifting like sod, & water until the grass re-root's itself.. Only if the damage is severe , will you have to reseed or repair your entire lawn.
Diseases - Dollar Spot, Patch Disease