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When it comes to maintaining your property’s lawn year-round, it is important to know that different seasons come with different preparation and maintenance levels. As you can already imagine, changing seasons bring various obstacles and weather conditions, so it is important to know how to approach and handle your lawn care efforts to ensure prosperity all year. While this guide may not be 100% accurate to your living conditions or climate, this is a general guide to get you thinking about your lawn and ways to keep it in a (seemingly) evergreen state for years to come.

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Spring Lawn Care

In this guide, we will be kicking things off with Spring, just to allow ease of comprehension in relation to lawn care. Just because this guide starts with the Spring, however, does not mean that is always where lawn care begins. In all reality, lawn care can be a year-round process, so picking up lawn care at whatever season you are currently at is an important aspect of effective lawn care for the upcoming year and beyond.

Springtime lawn care generally involves simple care and maintenance to warm your lawn up for the upcoming warm weather. Some of these tasks include:

  • Sharpening Your Lawnmower Blades and Other Tools for Lawn Care:
      • Sharpening your blades and tools ensures clean cuts all year long. If you do not, the grass will get torn apart, become discolored, and open itself up to pathogens and disease.
  • Tuning Up Your Lawnmower:
      • While your mower does not need a new sparkplug every single year, this inexpensive investment (around $5) is worth replacing each year so you are not wondering when the last time you changed your sparkplug. The process of changing these out is also simple, so there is no downside to being proactive with your mower.
  • Buying Fresh Gasoline:
      • Storing gasoline over the Winter can cause a buildup of moisture which can harm the small engine of your mower. Purchasing new gasoline for the new year is another preventative method to keep your tools up and running efficiently.
  • Cleaning Up Your Yard:
      • Cleaning your premises of leaves and other accumulated debris prevents the lawn from smothering in layers, and it also makes the process of lawn care much more efficient and practical, especially when applying fertilizer and aerating your grass.
  • Mowing Right Away:
      • As soon as the grass begins to grow, start mowing the lawn. The first time out, mow a little shorter than usual, as this will open up your lawn for the other practices that will help with the health and wellness of the property.
  • Utilizing Pre-Emergent Herbicides:
      • Before weed seeds germinate and repopulate over your lawn, utilizing these herbicides when the soil reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit will prevent future headaches.
  • Repairing Winter Lawn Damages:
      • Whether it is from pets, snow removal, heavy foot traffic, or any other reason, repairing these damages as soon as possible will promote healthy growth for the remainder of the year.
  • Applying New Seeds or Overseeding Over Established Areas:
      • Cool-Season grasses will activate their growth cycles around this time, so overseeding will stimulate this process. Warm-Season grasses will need a little more work and warmth, but seeding them will help prepare for the warmer conditions.
  • Fertilizing Your Lawn:
      • While grass can be fertilized in both Fall and Spring, warmer grasses are best to be fertilized in the Spring, as they are about to hit their largest growth spurts of the year.
  • Aeration of Your Lawn:
      • Aeration is the process of punching small holes over the span of your lawn in spaced out manners so that nutrients and oxygen can reach deep down into the soil and root systems.
        • Aerate on a damp day (but not wet) for the best results

Summer Lawn Care

Summertime is one of the most active seasons for any lawn, and it typically involves repetitive actions that are important to the growth and success of the lawn. These action items include the following:

  • Watering Your Lawn Based Upon Current and Future Weather Patterns:
      • The amount of watering for various types of grass and weather conditions can come in a wide range. Knowing your type of grass and the weather of your geographic region is the best research you can do to coordinate proper watering techniques.
        • Another important aspect to note is whether you utilize sprinkler systems or not, as this also impacts the water frequency and amounts
  • Treating Turf Pests:
      • If you have noticed any weeds sprouting or grubs hatching recently, it is important to take care of them as soon as possible to promote lawn health and reduce future hardships.
  • Testing the Soil of Your Lawn:
      • Testing your pH levels in the soil every three to four years will help determine the nutrients that are required for your soil. It is not necessary to do this every year, but the more often you do it, the more knowledge you will have related to your lawn to provide the proper care it needs. This is especially important in knowing how to prepare for the Fall when the most impactful measurements are taken to account for the upcoming cold temperatures.
  • Raising Your Mower’s Blade Height:
      • Keeping your grass a little longer during the hot summer months is beneficial to promote healthy root systems in your lawn. This also reduces evaporation (saving water) and encourages deep growing root structures.
        • As a general rule of thumb, do not remove more than one-third of your grass blades at a time.
  • Fertilizing Warm-Season Grasses:
      • Fertilizing your grass every 6 to 8 weeks during active growth will promote healthy and functioning lawns. Plan the final feeding process around 6 to 8 weeks before your first expected frost.

Fall Lawn Care

The Fall season is a beautiful time to enjoy nature and it is the most important time of the year to prepare for the upcoming Winter months. Fall lawn maintenance consists of maintaining the cool-season grasses and prepping warm-season grasses for the incoming climate changes. This includes several action items which consist of the following:

  • Seeding and Overseeding Cool-Season Grasses:
      • This renovates, thickens, and reinforces all of the work that has gone into the previous seasons. The Fall season is ideal for germination and establishment of these grass types.
  • Overseeding Warm-Season Grasses:
      • During the Fall, warm-season grass will begin to go dormant and turn brown. Overseeding these grass types will prepare them for the upcoming year.
  • Fertilizing Cool-Season Grasses:
      • Fertilization of these grasses will prep them for the upcoming Winter, and this should be done about 6 weeks before your expected first frost.
  • Treating Broadleaf Weeds Apparent in Your Cool-Season Grasses:
      • Broadleaf weeds are to be taken care of with post-emergent herbicides to ensure they don’t survive through the Winter and affect the health of your dormant grass.
  • Testing Soil Levels and Amending the Levels Based Upon Your Findings:
      • Your soil may become more acidic over time, so it is important to restore the pH levels in your soil. Items such as gypsum will help reduce the heavy clay soil and enhance root growth.
  • Lowering Your Mower’s Blade Height:
      • As the temperature turns cooler, lowering the blade height to your normal cutting length will prepare the grass for the Winter. Continue mowing until you notice that there is no more growth happening in your lawn. Your final mow before Winter should be slightly lower than normal.
  • Aeration of Your Cool-Season Grasses:
      • Proper ventilation during the Fall season translates peak growth into quick recovery and preparation for the Winter.
  • Raking Fallen Leaves in Your Yard:
      • This will ensure that your grass gets proper sun exposure and ventilation to promote a strong lawn into the Winter.

Winter Lawn Care

While the Winter isn’t a super active time for lawn care, there are some actions that can be taken to help you prepare for the inevitable defrost that comes with Spring. These actions to be taken include some of the following:

  • Sharpen and Clean Mowers and Tools:
      • Since your tools will have gone through heavy use if utilized properly, it is important to sharpen or replace them again in preparation for next Spring. This will make your next year just as easy (if not more) than the current one you just finished!
  • Keep Your Lawn Clear of Winter Debris:
      • This is useful so that you have an easier time with initial maintenance of your lawn when Spring does roll around (especially if it comes quicker than you had expected).
  • Continue to Water, Mow, Treat and Fertilize Your Lawn (For Southern Lawns or Other Warm Areas):
      • Certain areas of the United States are able to keep grass on a year-round basis, and so maintaining the regiment that you have implemented throughout the other seasons will promote health. You might not have to be as consistent during the Winter, but it is still a habit to not stray too far from.

Professional Lawn Care With Lawnovations

If you have found this guide useful, but not sure if you can fit it into your schedule, be sure to contact a professional lawn care company to help you manage your lawn to peak condition. At Lawnovations, we specialize in bringing these services to the greater Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Contact us for any questions or potential quotes, and we will be certain to assist you in any way possible to keep your landscape in land-shape!