Creating the perfect yard, with the perfect landscape, is one of the great goals of homeowners everywhere. With the new year comes an opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate. Managing your lawn isn’t as difficult as you may think. All it takes is a little information and some perseverance. Here are a few of the hottest lawn care tips for 2020.
When it comes to lawn care tips, you have to start with nutrition. Your grass is a living organism and as such, it requires nutrients to survive and thrive. A lawn that doesn’t get the nutrients it needs suffers from any number of lawn problems. Pests, lawn diseases, fungi, seasonal stresses, and weeds are all worse for lawns that don’t have enough nutrients. Lawn fertilizers are the best way of providing your lawn with the nutrients they need.
One of the best lawn care tips for 2020 is to get your lawn on a fertilization schedule. Our cool-season grass here in Maryland all have a pretty similar schedule of needs throughout the year. Starting in the spring, the grass needs a spring fertilizer to help wake it up out of winter dormancy. Summer fertilization is geared towards helping the grass stay resilient through the drought and heat stresses of summer. Finally, fall fertilizers are used to encourage deep root growth, allowing the grass to store vital nutrients for the winter ahead.
A great way to ensure your lawn gets the fertilization and treatment it needs is with a lawn care program from Through the Garden.
You can’t have a lawn care strategy without weed control. Incorporating a weed control strategy into your lawn care is one of the best lawn care tips for 2020. Weeds cause stress on your grass. They grow faster than the grass, outcompeting it for space and sunlight and damaging the health of your turf. Not only that, but they also drain the soil of nutrients and water, causing the grass to wither. Keeping weeds out of your lawn is a sure-fire way to boost the health of your grass.
Effective weed control begins in the early spring before the first weeds of the year have time to sprout. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to seal off the overwintering weed seeds, deactivating them and preventing the first wave of weeds. After that, you can use post-emergent herbicides throughout the spring and summer, spot-treating for any opportunistic weeds that made their way into your lawn. Finish out the year with broadleaf weed control in the fall because broadleaf weeds have a second bloom at this time. With this strategy, you can keep your lawn healthy, beautiful, and weed-free all year long.
The last of our lawn care tips for 2020 is proper and strategic mowing. By keeping your lawn to a fertilization schedule and eliminating the weeds, you’re going to see a lot of healthy grass growth. This means you’ll need to keep up with the mowing. However, strategically mowing your lawn can give you some pretty wonderful results.
Generally speaking, the proper mowing height for Maryland lawns is between 3 – 4 inches. Our cool-season grass actively grows in the spring and fall. During the spring and fall, it’s important to mow your lawn more frequently. Summer is tough for our lawns, but you can help. Mow less frequently during the summer, allowing the grass to stay longer and thicker. Long, thick grass can help preserve moisture and is more resistant to the heat and drought of summer. Proper mowing can even help with your weed control. Thicker, longer grass is more resistant to opportunistic weeds. By keeping your lawn just a little longer than usual, you’ll make a strong barrier against weeds. The most important rule of mowing is to never take more than ⅓ of the grass blade.
By following these lawn mowing tips, you can help your grass stay strong and healthy all year. If you need extra help, Through the Garden offers expert lawn mowing services to help you get the most out of your lawn this year.
By following these lawn care tips for 2020, your lawn will get healthy and stay healthy throughout the year. If you need a little extra help, then trust the experts at Through the Garden. With a full suite of lawn care and landscaping services, we can help take care of your entire property. Let’s make 2020 a beautiful year for you and your lawn.
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