Summer is finally here! Winters in the Midwest can be rough, but the summers sure do make up for it! And part of the loveliness of summer is coming home to that lush green lawn and a yard you can be proud of. Here are five tips to keep your lawn maintenance on its A-game.
Five Tips For Keeping The Lawn Green In Summer
1. Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize!
There are two things to keep in mind when choosing a fertilizer for your lawn: the ratio of macronutrients and how quickly it will release into the lawn.
Fast-release fertilizers are generally more affordable than other options, and, as the name suggests, they will produce more rapid results. It may create uneven growth as a consequence, however. Parts of your lawn may seem greener than others. If you over-apply, it can actually have the opposite effect and burn your grass.
This is our preferred choice at Land Art Inc. It has a more controlled release which means your grass will have a more cohesive appearance. It’s far less likely to burn your grass as well. And it’s part of our Ohio lawn care program, so if you opt for this service, you’ll have peace of mind knowing it’s dispersed by professionals.
Grass needs three key elements in order to be green and robust: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Nitrogen, which is abundant in fast-release fertilizer, helps lawns green up quickly. It also helps with leaf development, chlorophyll formation, and photosynthesis. Phosphorous is key for root growth, seed formation, and helps grass reach maturity more quickly. Potassium will help your grass be more tolerant to stress and drought, and it aids in root growth and stem development. When choosing a fertilizer, be sure to look at the three-number ratio. It will tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium – in that order – come with that particular fertilizer.
2. Use Selective Post-Emergent Weed Control
You may think once you’ve got weeds in your lawn, it’s too late to treat for them, but this is not the case. Look for a weed-control product that is considered “selective” and “post-emergent.” Selective means that it will only target the plants you don’t want, i.e., weeds. These types of weed control sprays are safe to use among plants, grasses, or ornamental trees since they are “selective” about which plants they target. And post-emergent means that the product will work on weeds that have already germinated or “emerged.”
3. Get Ahead Of The Grubs
Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles. They spend their youth beneath the surface of the soil where they munch on the roots of our lawns. A handful of grubs in your lawn is not the end of the world, but when they become abundant, they can cause your grass to feel spongy when walked on or pull up easily like freshly laid sod. If you can peel back your turfgrass, look for white C-shaped bugs with brown heads. It’s still not too late to treat these common pests! Thankfully, our grub control services.
4. Put Pests In Their Place
Even the most well-groomed manicured yards can be a haven for the bug everyone loves to hate: the mosquito. Due to their incredible adaptability, they can lay their eggs just about anywhere standing water may be found:
- Other water features
- Overly watered lawns
- Flower pots
- Ornamental tall grasses
There’s no need to fill in your pond and remove the flower pots from your patio. Land Art Inc can zap the mosquitoes when we visit to take care of your lawn. You could kill two pests with one visit: grubs and mosquitoes.
5. A Little Water Goes A Long Way
Overwatering your lawn is a common mistake many homeowners make. Believe it or not, your lawn only needs about 1.5 inches of water a week – maximum! While that may not seem like enough, rest assured. Your grass is tougher than you think. And if there’s rain, you may not even need to water at all. This will prevent a variety of problems. First and foremost, avoid overwatering will save on your water bill. Secondly, you will avoid creating an open door for mosquitoes to come in. Thirdly, many common lawn diseases in Ohio are caused by excess moisture – think molds, mildews, and fungus. You may think you’re showering your lawn with love, but you could be making it susceptible to sickness.
Hire A Reputable Lawn Company Near Toledo, Ohio
Following all our summer lawn care tips can take up quite a bit of your time. Why not let the pros at Land Art Inc handle it? We have two lawn fertilization programs tailored for turfgrass in northern and central Ohio. Kick-off the summer with barbecues and a lovely lawn to boot! Give us a call at 1.800.336.5296, contact us online, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoyed this blog, and if you did, you can read more about lawn care, pest control, and other yard-related topics on our twice-monthly blog.