There’s nothing quite like stepping onto the grass and feeling its softness among your toes, and even better when you know that luscious grass has been grown by yours truly. Having soft and smooth grass to walk on and look out at each day doesn’t come easy though, so it’s important that we take the time and effort to help it grow.
However, just as humans do, our lawns require special care and maintenance at different times of the year to ensure they stay protected from the changing weather conditions.
For this reason, lawn care over each calendar year can be divided into the four seasons so that you can focus on small jobs and preparation to get the healthiest garden possible all year round.
As a general rule, the hotter the weather the more work you’ll have to put into your garden so you can take advantage of the great conditions, however, this doesn’t mean you should neglect your yard in winter. Not only does your garden require ongoing maintenance but so too do your gardening tools, so there’s always something that needs your attention.
With a bit of time and effort spent each season, you can continue to have a luscious lawn that is the backdrop and foundation for the rest of your gardens, and something exciting and inviting for you to step onto. These simple tips for each season will give you barefoot-worthy grass that will not only look great but be easier to look after in the future as well.
This is the ideal time to take advantage of the weather heating up, and it’s when you’ll have to put in the most work into your garden. Here are a few things to consider during spring to keep your lawns looking their best.
Begin a regular watering routine to help your grass begin to grow again. In most temperatures across America, just 20 minutes a week is ideal to get it healthy and restore some of the moisture lost during winter. This can be done either with a sprinkler or a hose, however, you should ensure you’ve covered all areas of the lawn to avoid patches.
Always apply a quality fertilizer on your lawn when spring begins, giving your lawn a chance to grow to its healthiest. When you choose a slow-release fertilizer, these can last almost all season so it’s easy to apply just once and forget. These are usually best when applied every 10 weeks or so, or you could do one per season and it should cover you.
Using your lawn mower, give a thorough mow to the entire yard to help remove any weeds that have built up over winter and have a fresh foundation to start with. Use an edge trimmer to tidy up any edges, and a trimmer to tackle weeds that can’t be met with your mower.
Continue this every two weeks or as required, and it will help to replenish the growth of the lawn. Make a start on the edges to give it a clean look, and use your trimmer to get rid of any overgrowth that can make things look messy.
If you find that your lawn is feeling spongy, you can simply change the height setting on your lawnmower to provide a lower cut. This is usually required for spring as a thatch might have built up in the colder months and it will need to be cut back.
This is the time for things to really heat up, and that means taking advantage of the warmer climates to get your grass looking its best. Your lawn specifically will react very differently during this time, and so you need to treat it with extra care.
Here are some handy tips to follow during summer to keep your lawn looking luscious and feeling as soft as ever so you can enjoy the outdoors in your own backyard.
Keep an eye out for grubs and treat them accordingly, as this time of year is when they’re usually out in full force. Many of these bugs and beetles love to feast on the roots of your lawn, and can they can do quite a bit of damage that you won’t even see occurring.
You may need to treat your lawn with a chemical pesticide, depending on how many there are living amongst your grass.
Mow often during summer, but ensure to cut only about a third of the grass off. The longer the grass, the better its roots will be which means fewer weeds for you and a healthier lawn. You’ll need to adjust the setting on your mower to achieve about 3 inches as a rough guide, so that grass never falls too low.
Your lawn should receive about an inch of water per week, and for the sake of a healthy lawn, it’s better to do this with one thorough soaking. Frequent and shallow watering won’t get in as deep as you need, so set aside one day a week to get your grass completely soaked with adequate moisture.
Ensure to clean your mower, lawn edger, trimmer, and any other gardening tools at least once a month. Particularly in summer, lawn diseases can be easily spread by using the same tools to go back over fresh and healthy grass. A little bit of preparation has a whole lot of impact, so caring for your tools is just as important as the grass.
As the weather begins to cool a little and the leaves start to drop, your lawn again requires an entirely new approach to caring for it. During early fall, your main job will be clearing away the debris, leaves, clippings, and anything else that might have come loose and add some new grass seed that will continue to grow for the rest of the year.
In addition to this, here are some tips for fall lawn care to live by.
Use a mulching mower to break up the excessive debris and leaves that fall during this season, and if required you can also utilize the services of a leaf blower. These sometimes come with vacuum and mulching attachments too, so you can do a few jobs with the one product if you shop wisely.
Stay on top of fallen leaves all season long, and spend some time each day in the yard raking the leaves. Just five minutes per day means you’ll never have a very big job to do, and it will give your grass a clear shot at staying its healthiest as the temperatures begin to drop and winter starts to roll around.
Apply a fertilizer to your lawn during fall so that it’s at its strongest for winter, as this is the season when you’ll need to put in the most preparation. Aim to do two applications of fertilizer, about a month apart, and this will have your grass tough enough for winter.
When mowing, adjust the height setting to get as low as possible to help remove the spongy factor that can become an issue in winter. When it gets closer to the end of fall, do your last few mows with a little more height in them to help protect against the upcoming frosty conditions.
Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean you should neglect your lawn care. Even in the harsher climates of winter, it’s still essential to keep lawn care in the forefront of your mind, especially in the second half of the season when the temperatures begin rising again.
This is an ideal time to focus on your lawn care accessories and tools so that they can be functioning their best when fall comes around. Here are a few other ways you can maintain the perfect lawn during winter.
When the snow starts to vanish you need to be aware of snow mold, a type of fungus that thrives during winter when the snow turns to water. This fungus can be stopped with regular fertilizing done during winter and with regular maintenance in the colder months.
Aim to reduce stress on your lawn during winter by setting your lawnmower a couple of inches higher and never taking too much off. This will help the roots stay healthy and strong in the colder conditions, and give you a much better start when the temperatures begin to rise.
Every four weeks is ideal for mowing, as the grass won’t grow as much in the colder weather.
Don’t be concerned if your lawns lose some of their color and look dull throughout winter, as these will regain their life again when it comes into spring. There’s not as much need to water them due to rain and snow, however, you should still keep them mowed and fertilized as usual.
No matter what the season, you should be providing care and maintenance to your gardening tools all year round. This little bit of preparation now will make it easier to do your gardening, and will also ensure that you get as much life as possible from the tools you’ve purchased.
Here are a few simple ways you can provide maintenance and how regularly you should aim to do so.
The blades on your lawnmower and edger will need to be either sharpened or replaced each season, depending on how much use they’ve had. Not only will this help the machine work better, but it makes it safer for the user too.
Choose a season each year and make it the time in which you change the oil and spark plug on any motorized gardening accessories, even if you haven’t used it as much as you thought you might.
Always replace the gas in your power tools as anything that’s been left lying around, particularly in winter, as it can accumulate moisture and be harmful to the engine.
Make a conscious effort to keep lawns raked and clear so that when it comes time to use your power tools they’re able to focus solely on the grass and not try to make their way through leaves and other debris.
As the foundation for the rest of our gardens and usually the first thing people notice when they pull up to our homes, our lawns should be cared for with the importance that they deserve. The grass on our lawns can be sensitive though, and they take more to keep green and luscious than just a regular watering.
Dividing your lawn care into each season is an easy way to stay on top of this care that it needs, and can help you remember when you might need to give some extra attention to your gardens.
Our lawns are the main landscape of our homes and they’re where we relax, play, and admire the view, so it makes sense to put in the time and effort to help them stay healthy.
By following these simple tips and having just a few basic tools and accessories in your gardening kit, you can not only have a garden that looks great all year round but feels great too. There’s nothing better than feeling the soft and luscious grass under your feet, and even better when you know you helped to get it there too.