All of us are spending far more time at home with the ongoing pandemic. Maybe yard work is something you’ve neglected or meant to learn more about but never had the time. We’ve compiled a list of lawn care tips to try this spring, so your yard is the green oasis you’ve always dreamed of.
Over time, the soil becomes compacted from thatch build-up, foot traffic, and other environmental factors. Aerating your lawn once a year keeps the soil loose enough that air, water, light, and nutrients can penetrate the soil and nourish the grassroots. Aeration, or core aeration, is the process of removing small plugs of soil from your lawn using a specialized machine. These cores are left on the surface and will break down naturally like compost. The series of small spaces give your grass room to breathe, making it stronger and more resilient.
At Lawn Lab, we use a more updated form of aeration, known as liquid aeration. Liquid aeration does not use an aerator, so your lawn won’t be filled with all those soil plugs. Instead, we use a specialized solution full of biological enzymes that break down the thatch in your lawn by eating it on a microscopic scale. This process is more gentle for your lawn, and it provides 100% coverage, unlike traditional core aeration. Plus, liquid aeration is more affordable than core aeration and requires less time to perform.
If you notice thinning or bare patches of grass, you don’t necessarily have to start over from scratch with new sod. We offer ryegrass seeding because it stays green even when we experience those rare cold days in Texas. This perennial grass is hardy and comes back year after year.
Some of the many benefits of using ryegrass for your yard include:
While this may seem like a common-sense part of any lawn care program, many people don’t realize just how important mowing can be. Mowing grass too short or too long can create problems down the road. Mowing too close to the earth can allow weeds to sprout. Weeds thrive in direct sunlight, so keeping your grass at the proper height casts enough shade that weeds can’t grow. Conversely, longer grass can trap too much moisture – the ideal environment that molds, mildew, and fungi thrive in.
Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles. They look like white caterpillars with brown heads, but they live below the surface and munch on the roots of your lawn. A few grubs here and there is not a problem, but when you have dozens, they can cause brown grass that can thin and die out. They can also cause the grass to lose its grip on the surface of the soil. When this happens, you can pull back the grass like a fresh sod roll. Unfortunately, you will likely not realize you’ve got a problem until the grubs are well-established on your lawn. The grubs stay hidden beneath the surface, and when they do emerge, they are in their adult beetle form. Thankfully, we can treat your lawn with a grub control application so you can avoid this problem altogether. Now is the ideal time to do it, as grubs are awake from their winter dormancy and ready to chow down on your turfgrass.
Lawns need three things when it comes to fertilizer: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. When purchasing fertilizer, you will see these things displayed in a series of three numbers. For example, 2-3-5. Nitrogen helps plant leaves and stems grow strong. Phosphorus nourishes roots, flowers, and fruits. Potassium helps plants tolerate environmental stressors like droughts. Having a soil test performed will help you learn what your plants crave and, more importantly, if the soil will be receptive to it.
Make this spring the season you finally get the yard of your dreams. From fertilizer to weed control, the experts at Lawn Lab will set your yard up for success. Get a head start planning your dream backyard today! Call (972) 287-7400 or contact us online. For more lawn care inspiration, check out our blog, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!