Professional Lawn Treatment for a Beautiful Yard All Year Long
Regular lawn care is key to keeping your yard green, healthy, and growing. Find a local lawn care service to discuss the best treatment plan for your yard.
You can't have a beautiful home without a beautiful yard. But since your location, environment, and type of grass determine what lawn treatments are needed, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Even though mowing helps keep your yard trim and clean, lawn mowers aren't the be-all and end-all when it comes to proper lawn care. Avoid that summer yard disaster by adding lawn treatment to your seasonal home maintenance list. Remember, the key to a healthy lawn is regular maintenance, treatment, and a little TLC. Start thinking about your lawn care needs with these tips.
Revive Your Yard
Don't leave your yard resting in the hands of Mother Nature. From seasonal damage to pests and weeds, plenty of elements can wreak havoc on your yard. But have no fear; there are lawn treatments designed to revive your yard so it will be the envy of the whole neighborhood.
Know Your Grass Type Before You Start
With lawn care, the type of grass you have is an important element in determining what treatments are needed and when you should schedule them. One of the first things to do is determine if you have a warm-season grass or a cool-season grass. If you are unsure about what type of grass you have, a local landscaping professional can help. While they're at it, you'll want to get their opinion on the best treatment options and schedule your seasonal upkeep before their busy summer season arrives.
Curious about lawn treatment cost? The size of your yard is a determining factor in both how long treatments will take and how expensive they will be. Get in contact with a nearby landscaping service to get a price estimate for your yard.
Set a Lawn Maintenance Schedule
As the seasons change, so do your lawn's treatment needs. When going through your home maintenance schedule, don't forget to add these seasonal lawn treatments to the list.
Spring Lawn Treatment
After the damage of winter weather, your lawn will need some serious care in preparation for the summer months. To make sure your lawn is healthy and ready for the warmer weather, you'll want to schedule fertilization and aeration services to take place during the spring.
Summer Lawn Treatment
Under the summer sun your yard could go for weeks without a drop of rain. Unless you want dull, dead, and brown grass, you may need to develop a watering schedule during the warmer months. The easiest way water your lawn, especially if you have a larger yard, is to install sprinklers. This way you can easily control when your yard is watered and how much water it receives. You'll also need to add mowing, and potentially pest control, to your summer lawn maintenance schedule.
Fall Lawn Treatment
Just like your lawn needs treatment after winter, it can also benefit from treatment before winter to protect it from those harsh seasonal elements. Aeration, leaf removal, and winterization are popular fall lawn treatments.
Apply the Best Type of Lawn Fertilizer
Even in moderate climates, your grass will likely need fertilizer to help it grow tall and strong. The right fertilizer can also help your yard recover from damage and control weeds. But there needs to be a delicate balance between when you fertilize and how much you fertilize. A lawn care service can help determine how often your yard should be fertilized. Lawn care professionals can also suggest what fertilizer will work best for your grass and address any potential weed problems that may be lurking in your yard.
Be careful — fertilizers can be dangerous when used in the wrong way. We recommend having a professional take care of this lawn treatment. As a bonus, your fertilizer service provider can also advise if a liquid or granular fertilizer is best for your yard. Keep in mind that liquid fertilizers will go into effect quicker than their dry granular partners, which are available in both quick- and slow-release formulas.
A lower cost option, synthetic fertilizer has remained a popular choice throughout the years. This man-made fertilizer is available in different nutrient levels so it can be easy to find the right choice for your lawn.
With their eco-friendly nature, organic fertilizers have become a top option for homeowners. But be aware that to achieve the same nutrient benefits of a synthetic fertilizer, you may have to apply more organic fertilizer. You can also expect to pay more for organic fertilizers than their synthetic counterparts.
No matter what type of fertilizer you select, be sure to ask your landscaping service if the selected fertilizer could have any harmful side effects. If you have pets that like to run in the yard, you may want to choose an organic fertilizer to keep them safe from the chemicals that could exist in synthetic fertilizer.
Get Weeds Under Control
While fertilizers go a long way in helping prevent weeds, there are additional products that can help if weeds are a persistent problem for your yard. We recommend treating for weeds before they even arrive. Most of the time, preventive weed treatments include applying herbicides like crabgrass control in the spring to stop pesky weed seeds before they sprout.
Have weeds sprouted up despite your best weed-control efforts? Or, did you forget to fertilize and treat for weeds? You're not completely out of luck. If there are too many weeds to remove by hand, or if they keep coming back, a nearby landscaping contractor can help you find and apply weed killer.
Let Aeration Breathe New Life in Your Yard
For your grass to grow properly, your yard should be aerated from time to time. Aeration is a lawn treatment process designed to help your lawn breathe, soak up water, and absorb nutrients from the soil and fertilizer. To do this, aeration requires a special machine or a manual aerator to get rid of built-up plugs by adding holes to your yard.
Thinking of aerating your lawn? Make sure to avoid scheduling this lawn treatment during periods of drought; once the holes are added to your yard, it will need water to avoid drying out.
Better Homes & Gardens Tip: To save money, consider having your lawn aerated and fertilized at the same time. Plus, applying fertilizer immediately after aeration can help your fertilizer sink into the yard.
Lawn Insect and Pest Control
Pests aren't just a problem for your home. Mosquitos, ticks, and fleas can wreak havoc on an otherwise perfect yard. After you invest in your landscaping, the last thing you want is for insects or pests to take over. To regain control of your yard, first you'll want to eliminate any areas of standing water. Then, have a professional treat the yard to get rid of pests and keep them from coming back. If your area is prone to insects and other pests, make sure to add seasonal mosquito and tick lawn treatments to your home improvement list.