09 Sep 3 Steps to a Healthy Lawn Ready for Next Year
As the bright sun and warm weather turn to dark clouds and bitter cold, your grass will turn an obnoxious shade of brown. Luckily, if you think ahead, you can ready your grass for the next growing season and bring back a healthy green plant. Lawn fertilizer and weed control prepares your grass to become lush and full when the warm weather comes around again next year. Here’s all you need to know to get started.
Step 1: Aerate
Throughout the spring and summer, your grass produces ample roots that crowd together and clog up the works. By the end of the season, the roots are tangled together and unable to suck up enough nutrients to thrive.
To reverse this process, you need to poke small holes in the lawn to let fertilizer and oxygen flow through the ground. You do this by rolling an aerator across the lawn in an organized fashion. Make sure to repeat the aeration process several times to break up the tangled root balls. Check for good flow by watering your lawn briefly and watching the liquid flow freely into the ground. If the water pools for an extended amount of time, repeat the aeration process once again.
Step 2: Fertilize
You can choose from liquid or granulated fertilizer for your lawn. Although the liquid flows easier into the ground, the granules stick around a bit longer to provide several doses of nutrients. You’ll only want to complete the application process once a season to avoid killing the grass with an overdose of nutrients. Therefore, make the single application count.
Combining a fertilizer application with weed control can kill two birds with one stone. Having green grass is wonderful but if it’s full of weeds, all that work was for naught. When applying weed control in your lawn, make sure you’re doing it at the right time. Here in Minnesota, the timing can be tricky. There are other ways to prevent weeds, too, like cutting your grass to the correct height.
Consider using a fertilizer application bin to evenly spread the liquid or granules across the lawn. The bin meters out the perfect amount of fertilizer for each square foot. Otherwise, you’ll have to mark off your lawn in sections and measure each dose of fertilizer.
If you would like more help, ask the experts at KG Landscape for our fertilizer and weed control packages.
Step 3: Water
If you’re using liquid fertilizer, allow the nutrients to soak in overnight before watering. When using granulated fertilizer, you can water immediately after the initial application to help the nutrients sink below the ground.
Do not overwater, however. You only want to wet the ground evenly during the first few days after the initial application. A week later, deeply water the lawn to encourage the grass roots to grow downward. Keep watering your lawn once a week until the rainy season takes hold. From there, you can take a step back and let nature run its course. Using a smart irrigation system on your lawn can take care of that problem for you!
You can only perform these steps twice a year to keep your grass in good shape year round. Avoid the temptation to repeat this process more than that or you could give your lawn chemical burns.
Regularly watering your lawn will go a lot further than over fertilizing. Make sure to perform the fertilizing routine at the beginning and end of the growing season. Avoid treating the grass during the harsh winter season. In most climates, the rain will provide enough water for growth during winter. If you’re seeking Minneapolis lawn care services, don’t hesitate to contact KG Landscape for your free quote!