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Tips To Care for Your Lawn, From Weed Control To Aeration

Follow our expert lawn tips provided to achieve the green, thick, healthy lawn you have always wanted. At All Seasons Landscape Services in Delaware, Ohio, we provide all the services suggested in the tips below, in addition to offering commercial snow removal and ice management during the winter months.


Core Aeration

Spring and fall are great times to give your lawn a good core aeration to improve its ability to take in water, oxygen, and nutrients. By aerating, you are helping break down thatch buildup, which blocks the flow of nutrients, water, and fertilizers to the roots of your lawn. Core aeration is one of the most beneficial steps to take to get a green and healthy lawn.

Seasonal Cleanup

In the spring and fall, it's a good idea to clean up and remove any debris that has accumulated on your lawn and in your landscapes. This includes leaves, sticks, branches, seedpods, and any other organic debris. Leaves are the main focus. If they are left on your lawn for too long, they will smother the grass, not allow sunlight to penetrate, and can cause mold and disease.

De-Thatching

If your lawn has over a 1/2 inch of thatch, we recommend de-thatch your lawn in the spring. This can be done with a rake by hand, or for larger areas, a power rake or de-thatcher can do all the work for you. The de-thatcher will remove all the dead grass and organic matter and leave it on top of your lawn. The thatch is then cleaned up and removed. This allows water and nutrients to be much more effective in keeping your lawn healthy.


Fertilization and Weed Control

A good fertilization and weed control program will help keep your lawn green, free of weeds, and more resistant to disease, traffic, and stress all year long. Performing a soil test will yield results of your soil's pH level, so it can be adjusted accordingly. This will make sure you don't over fertilize or under fertilize.

Water, Water, Water

During the spring and fall, it is not as necessary to manually water as much as summer, because there is more rainfall and temperatures are cooler temperatures. In the summer months, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water is needed per week to keep your grass alive and actively growing. Water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid watering midday due to excessive evaporation and at night due to the chance of a disease infestation.

Mowing

When mowing your lawn, remember to keep the height a little bit higher in the summer. This will help shade out weeds and insects and allow your grass to store more water. Also, in the summer, the time between mowing may be a little bit farther apart. Mow when your grass is dry if at all possible. Never cut it shorter than 2 1/2 inches or remove more than one third of the grass height during any one mowing. In the summer time, it is best to keep the grass around 3 1/4 to 3 3/4 inches.