Lawns are great spaces for the whole family to relax and enjoy their time in the yard. A proper lawn care schedule will ensure that your lawn is looking green and healthy and feels nice to the touch.
Fertilization companies often recommend a schedule of four separate applications of different chemical formulations, beginning in spring and continuing into fall and some even recommend a month-by-month schedule. The problem with that approach is that when excessive amounts of fertilizer are used, the nitrogen run-off from the lawn can reach ponds, lakes, and rivers, causing algae blooms that reduce water oxygen levels and kill fish and other aquatic life.
Another problem is that synthetic lawn fertilizers and pesticides also aren't safe for your pets and children. Studies show that chemicals in conventional lawn care contribute to thyroid problems and cancer. So it’s best to look for natural options for lawn care. Natural solutions also nourish the soil over time and not just feed the grass from the top. This creates a stronger lawn over time and keeps your family and pets safe.
Fortunately, there are plenty of safe organic options that you can find at your local store or online. Just ask or search for organic weed and feed, natural fertilizers and turf builders.
And here is the lawn care schedule you can follow to ensure your grass stays green and healthy.
- Test the soil. Soil testing helps you to know what state the soil is in, so you can improve its quality by adding the elements that adjust PH levels.
- Clean up - rake any leaves and twigs to make sure the grass is getting enough sunlight and airflow.
- Dethatch and aerate, so the feed is going to the deeper level and feeds the roots well.
- Apply seaweed soil booster to activate the soil bacteria.
Mid to Late Spring
Apply corn gluten meal as a weed killer for crabgrass and a slow release of nitrogen. Mow and water as needed.
Summer to early Fall
You can apply natural fertilizer every 6-8 weeks. You can also use top-dressing with compost to replace fertilizing 1-2 times a year. Simply rake a thin layer of compost over the grass and water it.
It’s becoming a trend to use a diverse lawn culture that includes clovers and other types of grasses instead of one type of grass. White clover makes for an excellent lawn because It requires less watering and grows slower, so you won’t need to cut it as often as regular grass and it will support local pollinators.
1) If you skipped aeration in Spring, fall is also a good time to bring oxygen to the soil.
2) Overseed any patchy spots. Overseeding works best if applied right after the aeration.
This lawn care schedule will ensure not only the look of the lawn but the quality of soil improves, and that means fewer weeds and easier care.
If you don’t have time or tools to follow the lawn care schedule, you can reach out to your local yard maintenance company to take care of your lawn. Our well-trained team at Yard Hero will help you to create the maintenance schedule specific to your lawn to get it in the best possible shape. We provide all services mentioned above, as well as power edging, pet waste removal, disposal and sanitation, so you can relax and enjoy the summer and let the Pros take care of your lawn.