Lawn Care Essentials Tips

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We all have the neighbor with the perfect lawn. Every time we drive by, we’re a little jealous, wishing we could have a lawn that looks that good! We think that they must spend a lot of time working on the lawn for it to look so green. But the truth is having a healthy lawn doesn’t take much time and isn’t as difficult as you might think.

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Let’s look at some lawn care tips and tricks you can do over a few weekends in the spring and summer that will pay off with a lawn that looks simply amazing!

Evaluate and Prepare

Decide what your goal is. Are you fixing a thin lawn? Filling bare spots? Raising pH? Figure out what your lawn needs and prepare a plan. If you’re performing maintenance as opposed to rectifying a problem, schedule your treatments. Spring is the perfect time to add lime to adjust pH, fertilize to ensure early season growth, and of course pick up any leaves, tree branches, or other debris that may have accumulated over the winter.

If you’re over-seeding your lawn to thicken it for summer, make sure you apply chemicals first to let them work into the soil before you spread your grass seed. If you’re using a weed and feed blend, keep in mind it can harm tender young shoots. So feed, lime, and spread any bug and weed killer, wait a few days, and then water before seeding.

Set a Schedule

The best time to over-seed or patch your lawn is late summer to early fall. Spring is the second-best time. As spring approaches, consider your seeding and fertilizing schedule and purchase your supplies. Often you can find early season deals that can save you money if your buy all your supplies early.

Prepare the Area

Give your lawn an early season mowing. Cut it extra short and remove the clippings so the new seed contacts soil and gets the necessary sunlight and water it needs to germinate. This is an important step.

Use a metal thatch rake to remove clippings, thatch, and debris. This will also aerate and loosen the soil. Once you’ve spread the seed, you’ll need to wait a few weeks for the new grass to establish itself because cutting it too soon could damage or kill the new shoots.

Test Your Soil Quality

If simple thinning is not your lawn’s only issue, test the quality of your soil before you seed in order to make corrections. If your lawn is particularly troublesome or compacted, you’ll need to do a more thorough aeration than simply raking it with a thatch rake. Rent a rolling aerator to deeply puncture and loosen the soil.

If you are patching bare spots, use a product that combines a premium seed with fertilizer to give your lawn an additional boost.

Apply Seed Correctly

Use a spreader and apply the seed at the manufacturers recommended over-seeding rate. Use the right spreader for the job. If you’re patching a small area, a hand held crank spreader can make it a fast and easy process. For a large area, use a drop or broadcast spreader. For very small spots, you can seed by hand. Make sure you distribute the seed evenly.

If you’re ready to get your spring lawn care underway, stop by Old Station Outdoor and Landscape supply. We sell Jonathan Green premium lawn care products. Jonathan Green products feed your lawn and the soil to give you the perfect lawn, every time! Visit our website to learn more about our premium lawn-care products.

2017-05-02T09:28:00+00:00 April 20th, 2017|What's New|

About the Author:

Emerson Martins is the owner of Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply and has over 15 years of experience in the hardscape business. After owning his own hardscape company, he opened Old Station in October 2013. Emerson envisioned a place where both homeowners and contractors could shop, receive supreme customer service, and see their home or business projects come to life. Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply is that destination. Emerson treats all his customers with the same high quality level of service he likes to receive. Many landscape supply yards treat the homeowner like an outsider, but at Old Station everyone is welcome. Emerson takes the time sit down with the homeowner and go over step-by-step how to complete their specific project. He will advise on topics large and small such as how far they should dig down in the ground and what kind of base they need, or the best kind of polymeric sand to use and how to use it. Or if a homeowner is having trouble picking out a paver for a project, Emerson will be there to listen and recommend which product will best suit their needs—no project is too small for his consultation. At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply, we pride ourselves on our referrals. Rest assured, we will recommend the best, qualified contractor for your job through our Contractor Referral Program. Better prices, more options, and superior service. The knowledgeable staff at Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply will provide you the finest service and assist you in achieving your outdoor home or business goals. We look forward to serving your hardscape and landscape needs.