2020 is finally here and it’s time to start planning for the year. This is the perfect time to start thinking about your lawn. Here are a few of our 2020 lawn care tips to help you bring out the green in your turf.
A lawn that isn’t fed the right nutrients at the right time has a tough time staying healthy. Weak, unhealthy turf is the perfect environment for lawn pests and nasty fungi and diseases. The first of our 2020 lawn care tips is to give your lawn the gift of a fertilization schedule. A fertilization schedule provides your lawn with the perfect nutrients at the perfect time, encouraging strong growth and beautiful, green grass.
Before you go buy the cheapest bag of fertilizer you can find, figure out what type of grass is in your lawn. Different grass-types have different needs throughout the year. Giving the wrong fertilizer to the wrong grass at the wrong time can be devastating.
So what does a typical lawn fertilization schedule look like? A fertilization schedule is all about meeting the needs of your grass and setting it up for success. Fertilizers in the spring should give your lawn everything it needs to wake up out of its winter dormancy. Summer fertilizers focus on stress management and beating the heat and drought conditions. Fertilizers in the fall focus on root growth to help the grass store nutrients and prepare for the frigid winter ahead.
Weeds never give up and neither should you. Getting control of your weeds is our next 2020 lawn care tip. Weeds are like a virus. They invade your lawn, multiply quickly, and strip away the valuable resources. They come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all do the same thing: hurt your lawn.
With preparation and early action, you can easily get a handle on your weed situation. The overwintering weed seeds in your lawn are ticking time-bombs, ready to grow. Defuse the situation with pre-emergent herbicides. Pre-emergent weed control coats the seeds and stops them from sprouting. Just like that, your first wave of weeds is eliminated.
Starting the year with a weed-free lawn in the spring means your lawn will have more time to fill in and grow strong and healthy. Keeping your lawn a little longer around this time also helps keep weeds from finding a place to grow. Throughout the summer and fall, you can use post-emergent herbicides to spot-treat your lawn. Monitor your lawn for weeds and act fast to keep them out of your lawn.
The last of our 2020 lawn care tips is a special treat that every lawn wants: core aeration. Core aeration is a revitalizing service for your lawn that relieves it of compacted soil, excess thatch, and all the problems that come with them. Compacted soil happens as we walk, play, mow, and entertain on our lawns. Soil compaction is difficult for roots to grow in and it’s almost impossible to absorb water and nutrients. If you have pooling water or water run-off in your lawn, then it’s time to aerate.
The service itself looks pretty devastating for a lawn, but don’t be fooled, they love it! An aerator goes over the entire lawn, pulling out cores of compacted soil and leaving your lawn looking like swiss cheese. Don’t worry though, the tiny holes fill in quickly and the lawn has a boost of growth afterward. Core aeration frees up the roots to grow deep and strong throughout your lawn, boosting the health of your grass. Water, nutrients, and air can easily pass through the soil now, giving your lawn access to everything it needs.
Getting everything right when it comes to lawn care is tough. These 2020 lawn care tips will help you get started, but if you want to take the guesswork out, then call in the experts. The pros here at Delaware Valley Turf have years of experience caring for lawns. Our lawn care program is designed for the specific needs of Pennsylvania lawns. You don’t have to worry about your fertilization schedule or weed control in 2020. Invest in a core aeration service too so you can secure your spot in the schedule before it’s too late.
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