Winter can take a toll on your lawn—and so can a soggy spring. Not to mention, pets leave their marks over time, and weaker turf has to fight harder to grow in shady areas or on slopes can struggle.
No lawn is perfect.
But these and other issues—like preventing pests like grubs—can be solved by following some basic lawn care best practices. The longer you wait to address lawn damage, the more time, effort and resources will be required to get your yard back into shape. And for healthy lawns, maintaining a consistent mowing, fertilization and weed control schedule will protect your property so you can spend more time enjoying your great outdoors.
We talked to our experienced, certified lawn care technicians at Neave Group to gather their five tips for reviving a damaged lawn.
#1 Aerate So Your Lawn Can Breathe
Does your lawn feel thick and spongy when you step on it? Over time, thatch builds up in your lawn and causes compaction. This prevents an adequate amount of sunlight, air and water from reaching turf roots. Aeration literally unplugs your lawn by mechanically penetrating the turf and removing cores so nutrients can enter the root zone. Pair aeration with overseeding to refresh your lawn. Our lawn care experts recommend aerating annually, ideally in the fall.
#2 Overseed to Fill in Bare Patches
Grass ages, and over time turf can thin out or simply fail to thrive in certain areas of your property. You might notice this more in shady spaces or spots that are exposed to the most sunlight. Overseeding replenishes your lawn with young, new grass. The service involves applying seed on top of your existing lawn. Sometimes, bare areas are top-dressed with rich soil and/or organic material first. Proper preparation before overseeding improves your results. The best times to overseed a lawn are in spring or early fall.
#3 Prevent Grubs
Now is not too soon to be thinking about summer lawn pests—particularly grubs. Skunks, racoons and birds will tear up your lawn in pursuit of grubs, causing real damage. You can patch the lawn and reseed all you want, but unless you address the underlying problem, you won’t get anywhere. While grub pressure is greatest in mid- to late-summer and lawns can suffer the most in fall, when the soil warms up in spring they move closer to the surface and start their cycle. Spring and summer is the ideal time to prevent turf pests like grubs.
#4 Fix Bare Patches
Bald spots are a welcome mat for weeds, which can thrive in poor soil conditions that are not ideal for turf. Once weeds set in those spots, they tend to spread. The key is to address bare spots in spring, before weeds really begin taking root. A lawn care professional will properly prepare the soil so it creates a healthy foundation for growing grass. Followed by a lawn care program and proper irrigation, you can fill in bare spots and keep weeds at bay. Spring is an ideal time for planting, before the stress of summer heat.
#5 Commit to a Lawn Care Program
An effective lawn care program begins with a site analysis so a professional can identify problem areas and nutrient deficits. During this visit, a lawn care technician will take note of sun exposure, grading (slopes) and the overall condition of your lawn. We’ll also ask about turf history—past experiences with grubs, for example. This way, we can build a comprehensive, customized lawn care plan to improve the health of your property for the long-term. A quality lawn care program includes weed and disease control, fertilization and curative practices like aeration and overseeding. In many ways, lawn care is like feeding your turf the essential vitamins it needs to grow strong.
You’ve Got Questions—We Have Answers
Should your lawn always be green? How long will it take a new lawn to develop? We’d like to help and are here to answer your questions. Take advantage of a free site analysis, and learn why a lawn care program can protect your property.
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