Lawn Care Maintenance

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Lawn care is one of the most important parts of home gardening. A weed-infested, patchy lawn detracts from landscaping and can lower the value of your home. Sticking to a lawn care schedule helps you keep your lawn green and healthy.

Lawn Care Services

A homeowner can perform lawn maintenance as well as any professional lawn care service. Having said that, lawn care can take up a fair bit of time. If your time is at a premium, hiring a good lawn care service is well worth the price.

Some lawn care chores, such as aerating, require special equipment. You can rent the equipment or simply hire a lawn care service to do the job.

Preparing for Lawn Season

Your lawn care schedule depends on whether you live in a cool-season or warm-season grass zone. In either case, check your lawn mower and other equipment before grass starts growing. Have dulled lawnmower blades sharpened, check that your trimmer has enough string and replace any tools that are broken. Stock up on weed control, fertilizer and other items you'll need for lawn season.

Deep, occasional watering provides better lawn care than frequent, limited watering. Try to give your lawn about an inch of water every week. Early morning is generally the best time to water a lawn.

Lawn Care Schedule for Cool-Season Grass

Lawn care for cool-season grass starts in the early spring. Remove any dead leaves, branches and other items that crept onto the lawn during the winter.

The spring is also the best time to de-thatch and aerate the lawn; two tasks often left to lawn care services. De-thatching loosens dead grass and debris, while aerating helps water, air and nutrients reach the root system.

Cool-season grass has two main growing phases, one in the spring and one in the fall. During the summer you won't need to mow as much. Late summer is a good time to reseed damaged lawn areas, giving the grass seed time to establish itself before winter.

In the fall, de-thatch and aerate again if necessary. Rake leaves and do your final mow before winter. About two weeks before the ground freezes, add fertilizer so your grass is as healthy as possible before the cold weather sets in. Late fall is also a good time to add weed-controlling agents.

Lawn Care Schedule for Warm-Season Lawns

Warm-season grasses require a slightly different lawn care schedule. Fertilize warm-season lawns in the late spring, just before the grass enters its summer growing phase. Late spring or early summer is also the best time to reseed and repair patches on the lawn.

Weed control for warm-season grass is most effective when applied in the late winter, as this helps kill off weeds in the spring before they become established.

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