Choose the Lawn-Care Program that Meets Your Needs
When it comes to caring for your lawn, are you an enthusiast? A minimalist? Maybe somewhere in between? No matter. We have a lawn-care program that will fit the amount of time and energy you can spend on your grass.
For All Types of Lawn Care, Mow the Right Way
Mowing is key to any kind of lawn. Make sure you set your mower high. This helps your grass grow strong roots and crowd out weeds. Also, always make sure your blade is sharp. Dull blades shred the grass, leaving it open to disease and moisture loss.
For the Minimalist
If you don't devote too much time to your lawn, no problem. As long as it's green and growing, it's all good. Even so, at a minimum, you need to do a few things to keep your lawn from turning brown and bare. Here's your program:
SPRING: Basic winter cleanup. Rake up old leaves, remove debris and sticks. Fertilize and then water. Mow regularly.
SUMMER: Mow regularly as necessary.
FALL: Feed your lawn, and mow as necessary until it goes dormant.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: A basic or mulching mower, spreader lawn food (with weed control, if necessary), hose and sprinkler.
For the Average Lawn-Owner
For you, a nice lawn is a good asset, but who has the time and money to make it look like a golf course? Still, with a small investment in time, you can make your lawn look very pleasant. Here's an easy program to follow that brings good results.
SPRING: Do basic cleanup, like raking and picking up sticks. Tune up your lawn mower and sharpen the blades. Feed your lawn (early spring for cool-season grasses, and mid-spring for warm-season grasses). Mow regularly when the growing season begins.
SUMMER: Mow regularly as necessary. Trim around edges and landscaping.
FALL: Feed your lawn in early and late fall for cool-season grasses and early and mid-fall for warm-season grasses. Mow as necessary while the grass still grows. Clean off your equipment for winter storage.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: Rake, trimmer, mulching mower, spreader, lawn food (or a weed-and-feed product as necessary), hose and sprinkler.
For the Enthusiast
You don't just want one of the nicer lawns in the neighborhood. You want the best. Your lawn is a work of art. The nice surprise is that it doesn't take too much extra effort to make your lawn look great.
SPRING: Basic clean-up (sticks, debris, raking, etc.). Tune up your lawn mower and sharpen the blades. Test your soil and add amendments if necessary. Aerate for thatch or compaction, if necessary. Feed your lawn with a weed-and-feed product to control weeds (early spring for cool-season grasses, and mid-spring for warm-season grasses). Feed again in late spring, followed by watering if necessary. Trim and edge as needed throughout the growing season.
SUMMER: Feed your lawn (use a product that contains insect control if necessary). Treat your lawn for grubs if they were a problem in the past. Water as needed. Use your rain gauge to determine accuracy of watering.
FALL: Mulch leaves into your lawn with a mulching mower. Remove sticks and debris. Feed your lawn twice (early and late fall for cool-season grasses, early and mid-fall for warm-season grasses). Water as necessary after fertilizing. Mow as usual through the end of the active growing season. Clean up your equipment for storage.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS: Rake, trimmer, mulching mower, spreader, leaf blower (if desired), fertilizers (with extra ingredients for weed and bug control, if necessary), hose and sprinkler, long-handled weed digger, aerator (available for rent), rain gauge.