There is no such thing as a perfect lawn, but most homeowners strive to find their own perfection for their lawns. Whether you determine that by the color or buoyancy of your grass, experts agree that there are universal steps to take to get the "perfect" lawn, and your lawn can have that in 2019 if you take time to understand the needs of grass in Kentucky.
Your spring lawn care begins the previous August-September with a combination of proper techniques in:
It's not one single task that creates the perfect lawn, it's all of them put together over time.
Lawn Care and Mowing Start in the Spring!
As your lawn begins to wake up from its winter dormancy, a lawn care routine should begin promptly in April. Why April? Soil temperatures are ready to support growth, but weeds are not yet protruding. It's best to start with a good mowing and edging to kickstart annual maintenance.
From April through October, mow and trim height should be managed with routine weekly maintenance.
Lawns should be mowed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, ensuring that no more than 1/3 of the height of the grass is removed. This will stimulate growth all season long.
Fertilize Throughout the Season
Fertilizer treatments vary depending on location, type of grass, and environmental conditions for that year. The most common types of turf in Kentucky are
- Tall Fescue
Springtime is also the right time of year to begin the annual fertilization and weed control treatments. Pre-emergent herbicides should be used to block weeds from rising. Have your first fertilizer treatment of the year carry your lawn over for the next 4-6 weeks, depending on the type of lawn you have.
Typical fertilization treatments will range from three to five sessions throughout the growth period of April-October. Keeping up with regular fertilization and weed control treatments will help your lawn keep weeds at bay and aid in growing stronger, healthier, and greener from season to season, all year long.
Fall is the Ideal Time to Aerate and Seed Your Lawn
During the fall is when you can make or break all of the hard work you have put into your Kentucky lawn. Fall is the perfect growth time for cool-season grasses, making it the best time to aerate, seed, and get your turf prepared for winter dormancy.
If time is taken to water your lawn properly and care for your new grass seed during the fall, you will find a beautiful lawn waiting for you come spring.
Aerating helps your lawn breathe better and provides added nutrients, sunlight, and water deep down into your lawn's roots. It is important to take the time or have our expert crew at Spring View Lawns come and aerate your lawn and then overseed it.
Overseeding helps fill in your bare spots on your lawn and help new, healthy grass seed sprout. When lawns are overseeded, the new grass is able to crowd out weeds easier and allow the healthy shoots to continue growing strong.
After seeding, the ground must be kept moist until the seeds have taken root and started to grow. Make sure not to overwater or you can drown them. Keep an eye on the weather and maintain approximately one inch of water weekly on your lawn to guarantee it stores up for winter dormancy and provides your property with thick, lush, green grass in the spring.
Additional Lawn Care Tips
There are many ways to get it wrong when it comes to proper lawn care. It can be a hard and time-consuming feat for homeowners to care for their landscaping and grass on a weekly basis. Hiring a local Bowling Green or Plum Springs, KY area company, such as Spring View Lawns, can take the burden of routine care off your shoulders.
However, while you are deciding on whether to tackle your lawn yourself or hire help, here are some additional tips in caring for your lawn:
- Correctly water on a consistent schedule. Your lawn needs about an inch of water per week to thrive. An automated sprinkler/irrigation system will help ensure water is evenly distributed on a set schedule.
- Test your irrigation system monthly. You'd be surprised how often sprinkler heads crack and leak, rain sensors break down, timers reset due to power failures, and other simple fixes. Making sure your sprinkler system is in working order is critical.
- Have your soil tested in the spring. Working from the bottom towards the top with your grass will yield the best results. Your soil pH levels should be as close to neutral as possible, which is about a 6.5 on the pH scale.
- Eliminate pet urine and feces. When your dog uses the restroom in the lawn, the waste is loaded with nitrogen. Lawns love nitrogen, but only in moderation. When nitrogen-rich waste stays in the lawn, it's like dumping a pile of fertilizer in one location. This will quickly kill your lawn.
Call the Lawn Care Experts
Take time to understand the needs of your lawn and work with Spring View Lawns who are experts in lawn care. To get an estimate on your lawn, call today, (270) 850-3088.
Soon, your 2019 lawn will be perfection and continue thriving for years following!