People take great pride in having a beautiful lawn, and so they should! Nothing has more impact on the health of a lawn than the care the homeowner gives it. Yet many people ask ‘How do I take care of my lawn?’ or ‘How do I keep my lawn healthy?’ Well the easiest answer is, to resolve to get started now! That’s right, Fall is one of the best times to start your lawn down the path to Green & Healthy.
Lawn health is like personal fitness. Success comes from getting started down the path to good nutrition, staying hydrated with water and exercise – maintenance in the case of grass.
Define your goals: Someone training to win a race has different needs than someone looking to just tone up their buttocks or someone recovering from an injury. How do you want your lawn to improve?
The right workout gear: Good workout equipment makes things easier and saves you time. For your lawn, that means rakes, a sprinkler and a lawnmower with a sharp blade.
Stay informed: Some workouts are good for muscle tone, others for cardio. A great place to start for your lawn are our monthly checklists. Also, make sure you don’t cut your grass too short before winter starts.
Watch for changes: Health problems are easier to deal with the earlier they are discovered. If something looks wrong to you, finding out what’s up is often as easy as a quick trip to LawnSavers’ pest identification page or this blog. LawnSavers Plant Health Care Experts has over 33 years of experience and are just a phone call, text or email away.
Exercise regularly: A regular routine builds strength and stamina. For grass that means mowing every 5-7 days to encourage growth above and below the soil.
Stay hydrated: Your lawn can’t grow properly if it isn’t getting enough water. Lawns need an inch and a half of every week of the growing season, and rain just doesn’t provide that. It’s even easier to forget to water in the fall!
Eat right: Proper nutrition is essential. An unfertilized lawn will not grow thick and vigorously, and cannot compete effectively with weeds or recover efficiently from insects, diseases and seasonal stress.
Good grooming and hygiene: Raking out dead material and debris and standing matted grass, or leaves before it can get mouldy are good habits spring and fall. Mowing off, or plucking weed flowers before they can seed minimizes their spread, and bagging your grass clippings when mowing areas are infested with weeds or disease pathogens will help prevent cross-contamination and the spread of weed seeds.
Hire a personal trainer: At LawnSavers, our Plant Health Specialists have the know-how and tools to help you get your lawn into peak condition and keep it there. We have treatments and care advice to guide you in dealing with lawn diseases and pests. Plus, we monitor your lawn through the year and give you the advice you need to take your lawn from good to great. Ask us for a free, no obligation estimate!
Keep at it!: One trip to the gym after the Thanksgiving holiday isn’t going to turn ‘turkey gut’ into perfect abs, and no single application of lawn care is going to turn an underperforming lawn into the envy of the neighbourhood. Lawn Health, just like personal health & fitness, in an ongoing process where effort builds upon effort to produce lasting results. CALL LawnSavers today and get on the road to a thick and healthy lawn, GUARANTEED!
SEEDING TIP: Did you know? In the fall, although the days are getting colder, soil temperatures are still high from the heat of the summer. This helps seed to germinate faster and the root systems to grow and expand as they prepare for winter and next springs reserves. Alternatively, seeding in the spring can work, but you’ll need to wait until the soil warms up from the cold winter, and hope that drought and heat waves don’t cause added stress.