From Scott's Desk
A customer recently told me that it would be helpful to have some sort of a lawn maintenance schedule. So here are some thoughts –
It is always helpful to first have some general understandings such as considering a soil sample, observing any disease or insect concerns, and noting the grass type. Around here, of course, cool season such as tall, fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass would be grown realizing that most of their growing is in spring and fall, often going dormant in the summer.
I recommend fertilizing the lawn in early fall so that the grass can enter winter dormancy in a healthier state. Fall liming is good too. With pellet lime, one can safely apply spring and fall according to your soil sample recommendations.
Some weeds are controlled better with a fall or spring application of pre-emergent herbicide. I have found that the folk who don’t miss this step have the greener, more weed-free lawns.
A summer application of organic fertilizer can contribute to a balanced burn free “shot in the arm.” Post-emergent herbicides will be best applied when the target weeds are actively growing.
Pests such as grubs are cyclical so apply controls according to your climate and temperatures for best results . . . and always READ and FOLLOW the label instruction.
If you have specific questions on improving your lawn, please don’t hesitate to contact us as the best time to achieve the greenest results may be right now!