A whole lot more goes into quality lawn maintenance other than simply regular irrigation and mowing. To achieve superior results you have to know what products to add to the soil as well as what pests will need to be eliminated. Not only that, but throughout the various climates of the country the right timing of product application is imperative to achieving a great looking lawn.
The first exercise that has to be performed is to employ pre-emergent grassy weed control in either the late winter or early spring depending on where you live. Generally, residents living in southern states might want to apply this product in late winter while those living in more temperate northern climates are going to want to wait until early spring to do so. Pre-emergent grassy weed control was created as a barrier that, once implemented, will block weeds like crabgrass, quack grass, and spurge from finding their way into the surface. It is recommended that two programs of pre-emergent weed control be implemented about six months apart for optimum protection.
Either at the same time or soon after pre-emergent weed control is applied to a yard you’ll want to begin a feeding program for your turf. Beginning in late winter or early spring, bud needs to be consistently fed during the growing season. Normally, early season feedings will include high amounts of nitrogen to encourage deep green color despite cooler soil temperatures. By late spring, it is wise to change to a more balanced fertilizer which has equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This will encourage root development on your turf while maintaining its great color.
When summer hits most bud types no longer will benefit from nitrogen. In actuality, this mineral may easily burn your lawn when accompanied with sweltering heat. Instead, to maintain decent color, it is recommended that you apply iron. Iron will not burn the turf, but its benefits typically do not survive as long as nitrogen’s. During the summer you can also employ high potassium fertilizers as well as limestone, which will fortify your yard with needed calcium and magnesium while helping to balance your soil’s pH level.
In the fall it is wise to return to a high nitrogen fertilizer to promote continued good color. At this time it is also important to apply significant quantities of phosphorous, which promotes root development and also is a useful mineral for promoting seed germination. For most grass types you will want to seed or over seed in the autumn, so the phosphorous will assist in thickening your turf.
The final portion of proper lawn care is removing pests that attempt to take over your lawn through the duration of the growing season. Things such as weeds, diseases, bugs, and rodents can wreak terror on your yard if they’re not eliminated. This can be where lawn care gets extremely tricky, however. Broad-leaf weed control, by way of example, can only be applied to your yard in the spring and autumn months when soil temperatures are below 77 degrees. Due to these issues it’s wise to keep tabs on the current soil temperature in your lawn.