People are very proud of their lawns and we are proud of the lawns that we manage. For those people looking to make their lawn more green and fun to play on here are a few tips. (This tips are universal, but I am speaking to the crowd in the Northwest)
- Fertilize. This should be done 4-6 times per year. Minimally 2 times. There are two types of fertilizers: 1) Warm season and 2) Cool season. Warm season fertilizers should be applied in late spring and again in the summer when growing is at it’s peak. Cool season fertilizers should be applied in early spring and early fall when growing is just starting/ending. Make sure that when you apply fertilizer in the warm months that the lawn is watered to wash the fertilizer off the grass blades into the soil.
- Dethatch. This should be done in the spring(April/May) when the grass is actively growing. Dethatching removes old dead grass, stems and roots. Dethatching allows the lawn to grow back fuller and lusher. Rake up the thatch that comes from underneath the power dethatcher and prepare for a lot of bags of recycling.
- Aerate. This should be done in the spring(April/May) and early fall(September). Aerating pulls up the soil and creates cores on the lawn. This allows air and water to penetrate the soil. Leave the cores on the lawn and over the next couple weeks they will disappear from watering/rain/regular lawn mowing.
- When doing a spring clean up of your lawn, one should always do it in the following steps: 1) Dethatch, 2) Aerate and 3) Fertilize and/or overseed.
For more lawn care tips check back in the coming week.