Hydroscape Inc's Lawn Care Guide
A properly manicured lawn landscape is one of the best perks of living
in a house out in the suburbs, as opposed to an apartment in the city.
And aside from looking great, it can increase the value of your home
by as much as 20%.
Of course, you can only achieve such benefits if you devote the time
and effort to properly taking care of your lawn.
Don’t worry, though, as lawn landscaping is easy once you know the
basics. But keep in mind that, just like anything in life, preparation
goes a long way.
So to further prepare you, here are some tips to help you become a
time! Note that how you approach landscaping depends on each season.
Your landscaping goals and tasks in summer and spring would be very
Early spring landscaping
is all about preparation. Your lawn is just coming out of winter
hibernation, and it needs some TLC pretty soon. Be sure you're fully
prepared to give your yard precisely that!
The first order of business is to clean up your lawn. Leaves,
branches, and other things might have accumulated under all that snow.
It would help if you raked as soon as possible, or you risk
overwhelming the rest of your lawn throughout Spring.
You'll also need to trim your grass soon, and this is where you whip
out the lawnmower. But before you do, don't forget to tune it up
first! You haven't used it for some time, and the winter cold might
have damaged it. Check to see if the spark plugs and air filters need
Also, see if the mower blades are already dull. Blunt edges can’t cut
grass cleanly, which can leave jagged grass that discolors your lawn.
Lastly, it's a good idea to refill the gas in your lawnmower for
Spring is where growth starts, so be prepared to do your first mow.
However, make sure the grass is dry enough before you do. Mowing wet
grass can clog up your mower’s blades, not to mention it’s a risk for
spreading disease all over your lawn.
If you live in a more temperate climate, experts recommend fertilizing
in Spring rather than
fertilizing in Summer
. Ideally, you'll apply it just as your grass begins to grow. If you
live in a colder part of the world, however, it's better to
apply fertilizer during Fall
At the same time as promoting grass growth, you’d also want to
minimize the growth of weeds. A pre-emergent herbicide is essential in
these cases. It’s best to wait until the ground reaches the right
temperature before applying (about 58 degrees Fahrenheit, the
temperature at which most weeds start to thrive).
To maximize all the water and nutrients seeping into the soil,
aerating it is a good idea. You can use a garden fork or aeration
machine to poke holes in the ground.
Summer is the period of the rapid growth of your lawn plants. Hence,
this is all the season where your lawnmower will get pretty busy.
However, it’s important not to mow your lawn too short. The perfect
mower setting to use is about 3 inches. You must not remove more than
one-third of the grass blade.
There are also specific watering strategies
your professional landscaping company
can use to ensure your grass grows at the ideal height. It's generally
better to water your lawn infrequently but deeply, rather than
regularly. It promotes shallow root growth and, therefore, shorter
At the minimum, your lawn must get a minimum of 1 inch of water every
week. Not doing this will cause the grass to go brown and dormant.
Pests will also start to become a problem during the warmer
temperature of summer.
The culprit is usually the larvae of beetles. The larvae cause brown
patches to form on affected parts of your lawn. If you want to verify
if you have a grub problem, check under the sod of affected areas. You
should see C-shaped worms. Worst case, you might need to apply a
chemical pesticide into these areas.
Fall lawn care is all about preparing for the coming winter. Smart
landscapers, however, start thinking about spring at this time.
Apart from that, it is all about cleaning and prep work. It would help
if you raked excessive leaves that might fall to the ground regularly.
You can also prepare the soil by aerating it using a garden fork or
If you find any dead spots on your lawn, you can also seed it at this
time. Keep the patch that you seed moist throughout by watering it
regularly or sprinkling grass clippings.
If you live in an area with a cold winter, now would be an excellent
time to apply fertilizer for the following year's spring season. You
can also use compost at this stage to further enrich the soil.
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