Like most American homeowners, the thought of having a beautiful, healthy green lawn with stunning curb appeal is both desirable and a never-ending struggle. However, according to a BusinessWire infographic, a large majority of the population is not educated on how to properly maintain their lawn, and may even be overcompensating when it comes to lawn care. The survey suggested that less than 50% of homeowners use or have used a professional lawn care service, and around 60% do not possess basic knowledge on proper lawn care and fertilization—let alone how to tell if their lawn is healthy.
For the best possible results, it may be in your best interest to consult or hire a professional lawn care specialist for the job. And with the cold weather already casting its frozen spell upon the ground, it’s hard to perform many of the essential steps in preservation lawn care. However, the professionals at Grasshopper Lawns can still help save that green lawn of yours.
1. Aerate Your Lawn. Most homeowners don’t even know what the term aeration means, let alone are aware of its major benefits. Aeration, in essence, is punching a tons of small holes into the ground that allow for water, air, and nutrients to penetrate past the thatch layer and improve root growth. There are two types to this aeration method: core aeration and spike aeration. Core aeration is the most effective in its method, as it pulls out the small plugs of soil. Whereas, spiking works as well but compacts the soil and it not quite as effective as the core method.
2. Make Johnny Appleseed proud. Believe it or not, the autumn season is best time to lay seed! After enduring a summer of harsh heat, minimal rain, and lots of trampling, grass can become patchy, coarse, and unhealthy in high-traffic areas. In order to achieve that thick, robust turf throughout your entire yard, fall-time seeding is a must. The majority of grass types are cool season grasses, so laying seedlings in the fall naturally aligns with grass growth. However, most homeowners with a grassy yard aren’t even aware there are different grass types. This is why it’s sometimes best to hire and consult with your lawn care professional before tackling that patchy mess out front.
3. Nurture thy child! Once aerated and seeded, its crucial to water and feed your lawn—consider it your new child. Once again, most homeowners skip these crucial steps without even knowing the extreme benefits of fertilizing your lawn. But like a child, your lawn is a living, breathing, growing thing, so why would you deprive it of the optimal nutrients and food it needs to grow healthy and strong? Upon hiring a lawn care professional, they should offer to fertilize your lawn with two autumn feedings, six to eight weeks apart. It is your job in the mean time to make sure it is watered efficiently. This helps to ensure the grass will be healthy when warmer weather rolls around come spring time.
4. Get grub control. You’ve already spent all this time and money nurturing your lawn with methods and steps you never even knew existed. Why back out now and watch the fruits of your labor wither away due to an unforeseen enemy below the surface? Come autumn time, grubs are fully-grown and the damage they wreak upon your lawn and soil becomes apparent. A once lush, green paradise can become a discolored spotty eyesore due to grub infestation. Most people wont even realize they have a grub issue until its too late. Don’t wait, contact your lawn care specialists at Grasshopper Lawns to take care of those pests for you.
5. Roots up! Put down the weeds! Like grubs, weeds are hidden pests that greatly affect the overall health of your lawn. This is perhaps the most common lawn problem homeowners are actually aware of—or are they? You may notice the weeds that are taking over the surface of your lawn, but what about the hidden ones laying in wait underneath the soil stealing all the precious nutrients? To thoroughly rid your lawn of those pesky weeds, first you must be aware which type of weed you are targeting. There are two types: broad leaf and narrow leaf. The most common threat is from the broad leaf, but to completely eradicate your lawn of this pest, you must be entirely sure this is your enemy. Recruiting the expertise of a lawn care professional will help in this diagnosis and treatment.