You’ve made it through the worst of summer and now it’s not to start repairing your yard and getting it ready for fall. You might think that just because the days are getting shorter that you can relax on lawn care. But the choices you make for your yard now will affect it through the fall and into next year.
If you followed proper weed management in the spring with pre-emergent herbicides, then you probably don’t have a ton of weeds in your yard. Now is the time to take care of any stragglers that have made it through the season before they cause you a big problem when they go to seed. All you need to do is to spot spray the weeds with post-emergent herbicides that kill weeds but leave your grass unharmed.
From intense heat, drought, to pests, and disease, summertime is the most stressful time for our yards. Raising your mower a little can help protect your grass from the long dry spells we experience in the later part of summer. The thicker grass helps retain more moisture and keeps it greener longer, not to mention, thicker grass also prevents weeds from taking over.
Water is very important in the summer when rain is scarce. The important thing to remember when watering is to water long enough to allow the water to soak deep into the ground so that the roots can absorb it. Watering longer and deeper also promotes deeper root growth which will help your grass during those really hot days. Another important tip is to water early in the morning. Watering in the afternoon only wastes water as it evaporates faster than the plants can absorb it.
Lawn aeration is the single most important thing you can do for your yard. Your yard can experience compacted soil from all the foot traffic and dry hot conditions. When soil is compact your grass cannot get the water it needs and fertilizers are essentially useless. The only way to fix this problem is through aeration. Aeration pulls hundreds of plugs of sod out of your yard to allow air and water back into the soil, loosening it up and allowing roots to grow again. Combine aeration with overseeding and you will see a drastic improvement in the look and wellbeing of your turf.
Pennsylvania lawns are plagued by grubs. These little worms live under your grass feeding on the tender roots. They emerge in late May and early June as June bugs or Japanese beetles. The adults feed on leaves and other foliage for a few weeks, mate, and lay eggs in your yard. Then the eggs hatch and the cycle begins anew.
As you can imagine, over the course of several years grub can cause significant damage to your yard both directly and indirectly. Animals such as birds, raccoons, skunks, and moles all love to feed on grubs and they won’t let your perfectly manicured lawn stand in the way between them and dinner. At Delaware Valley, we can protect your lawn from these destructive insects with our comprehensive grub control program.
Mosquitos are the worst backyard pest in Pennsylvania. Despite their size, these annoying insects can ruin a backyard party in a very short time. Luckily you can prepare for your outdoor gathering by putting a dent in the mosquito population.
Everyone knows that mosquitoes need standing water to lay eggs but most people don’t realize how many things in their yard can hold water: old tires, rain barrels, flower pots, buckets, children’s toys, birdbaths, gutters, and many more. So take the time to go around and dump out all the standing water you see and you will notice a big difference in the number of mosquitoes you encounter.
Summer lawn care can take up a lot of your free time you could be spending with your family. Let the professional lawn care specialists at Delaware Valley Turf do the work for you. We provide a wide range of services to help your yard look it’s best.