Lawn Care Year-Round
Happy New Year!
To help out our clients and customers in the new year, BigFoot Turf put together a yearlong lawn-care calendar. Make 2018 your lawn’s best year by following our month-to-month guidelines.
Snow is falling and all you want to do is stay snuggled up inside. Do not forget about your lawn due to the freezing temperatures. This is prime time for lawn care for a better spring.
- Clean it up. It is extremely important not to let leaves, debris or toys build up on your lawn. Smothering the grass creates disease conditions and invites insects, mice and other damaging pests onto your lawn are just a few of the many reasons to keep it clean.
Regardless if the groundhog sees his shadow or not, do not let your lawn wilt away this winter. Stay motivated with these tips for February.
- Protection – Pay attention to the winter temperature for lawn protection. Do not walk or drive on the frozen grass.
- Weed Control – The cold temperatures do not scare away weeds. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn while dormant.
March is a time of preparation. Depending on Mother Nature, this month can bring the start of spring or more winter. Use this month for preparation of lawn-growing and mowing season.
- Sharpen Mower Blades – Dull blades tear the grass and leave ugly, jagged edges. To ensure clean cuts, sharpen mower blades before you mow your lawn for the first time and every month you mow.
- Tune Mower – Before waking up your lawn, check spark plugs and air filters before you start to mow.
- Fresh Gas – During the winter months, gas can accumulate moisture and bacteria that harms mowers. Fresh is always better, dump your old gasoline for a fresh start to spring.
- Clean Any Debris Off Lawn – Rake leaves and remove twigs from your lawn throughout the winter months. This act clears the way for fertilizers and herbicides to grow lush, beautiful lawns.
Spring is in the air and your lawn is ready to wake up! Follow these steps below for the best beginning to springtime for your lawn.
- Aeration – Aerating punches small holes in your lawn so water, fertilizers and oxygen reach grass roots. Pick a day when the soil is damp but not soaked so the aeration machine can work efficiently.
- Pre-emergent Herbicide – Continue to fight off weeds by applying a pre-emergent herbicide.
You have the foundation for a beautiful lawn, don’t stop now. Use these steps to continue a luscious lawn all summer long.
- Worm Watch Out – Warm temperatures bring the ever-dreaded grub worms to your lawn. These larvae stage bugs feed on the root systems of your grass and turn your pretty green lawn brown and wilted. Check your lawn periodically for these pests and if caught, treat your lawn with a chemical pesticide.
- Cut to Keep Clean – Make sure to trim at least once a week. For a healthy cut, mow often enough so you are removing no more than a third of the grass blade.
- Post-Weed Protection – Any weeds that escaped the pre-herbicide must be removed. If weeds are getting out of hand, use a post-herbicide .
Keep your turf strong during the summer heat.
- Water Wisely – With the rising temperatures evaporating your lawn’s moisture, make sure to water wisely. Normally, lawns need about an inch of water a week. Keep up with the temperatures and your lawn’s water intake for healthy, plush grass.
- Rising Temperatures, Rising Height – As temperatures rise, so does the height of your grass. Do not allow weeds to invest your grass because you are cutting too much off, the perfect height is 2 to 2 ½ inches.
July is known as the heart of grass-mowing season! Following these tips to take control of your growing lawn.
- Tall Grass – The taller the grass, the deeper the roots, the fewer the weeds and the more moisture the soil holds between watering. Set mower blade height to 3 inches.
- Control Disease – Regularly clean your mower to prevent the spreading of lawn diseases.
- Debris PickUp – Rake up leaves, twigs and debris off your lawn.
Take care of yourself and your health during this hot summer month. Plan to do lawn work in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures have cooled off and more comfortable for working.
- Fertilize – Fertilize your lawn to keep it looking green and healthy. If you don’t get enough rain to water it in, make sure to open up the sprinklers and generously apply moisture.
September is prime lawn time! Take advantage of the beautiful weather to ensure your lawn is strong and tough for the coming winter months.
- Fertilize, Again – Fertilizing your lawn will help top growth and winter hardiness.
- Laying Sod – This is a great time to think about laying down sod for your lawn. Call Bigfoot Turf at 800.632.7473 for an estimate or schedule to lay sod in the coming months.
Don’t let Halloween scare you from finishing out the year with a beautiful lawn.
- Clean Sweep – Fall brings falling leaves. Make sure to rake up leaves and debris that could potentially kill grass.
- Before First Freeze – Give your lawn a thorough fertilizing to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long.
- Final Cut – After a few cold nights, make one final grass cut about 2 inches high.
Your lawn is not completely ready for bedtime. Don’t fall asleep on your lawn before completely the following tasks.
- Mow – Continue to mow until your grass stops growing.
- Winterizing Fertilizer – Apply winterizing fertilizer after your grass has stopped growing and a month before the ground freezes.
- Protection From Freezing – Drain and store garden hoses and protect outdoor faucets from freezing weather.
The year is almost to a close but do not forget about your lawn just yet. Round out the year with review and reflection.
- Hit The Books – What went wrong/what went right – study your lawn’s year and take notes on what can be improved in the new year.
- Prepare For Spring – Clean and repair all equipment pieces to prepare for spring use.