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Year-Round Lawn Care

Give your lawn the TLC it needs! Remember, maintaining your lawn is a round-the-year affair. Winter, spring, summer and fall requires some Utah best landscaping maintenance work. Utah yards and lawns need attention, with changing needs for every changing season. To keep the natural beauty of your lawn, you need to know what kind of TLC it needs. Regular maintenance will help ensure that the lawn is healthy at all times. The rewards? A healthy and lush lawn that is a joy to behold.

Spring Lawn Care

Spring lawn care is, perhaps, the most important since it helps ensure that the lawn is healthy the whole year round.

–  Repair winter damage. Even with the care you provided your lawn during the wintertime, it is highly likely that the lawn may still suffer from some damage. You need to patch-up any damage brought on by the winter months. During the winter, fallen leaves, twigs and debris can be great areas for viruses, lawn diseases and pests to germinate. Wait for the soil to thaw and dry out before doing any major work. Once the soil is ready, you can start raking away the dead and rotten leaves, as well as matted areas of grass. You can also mow the lawn to get rid of the dead sections at the top of the grass. In addition, check the level of existing thatch to determine whether you need to aerate and dethatch the lawn.

–  Prepare the lawn for summer. Prepare the lawn by eliminating weeks and applying fertilizers and herbicides. The fertilizers replenish any lost nourishment that will help tide the lawn over during the summer. Lay down new seed on bare spots so that the new grass has enough time to develop roots before the summer.

Summer Lawn Care

The heat and dryness of the summer can cause the grass to wilt and turn brown. Keep mowing the lawn (through a seep hose or a sprinkler) but ensure that the grass stays at least two inches high. Short grass blades will result in drying out. When using the sprinkler, ensure that the sprinkler is regularly moved throughout the lawn so that it is watered evenly. Provide enough water so that the roots stay hydrated but not too much water that it drowns the grass. Water during the mornings or the evenings, to ensure that the lawn fully benefits from the water and the grass has enough moisture to withstand the scorching sun. Avoid applying fertilizer on the lawn as this may cause undue stress to the lawn. In addition, you should also look for signs that insects (ants or fleas) are present so that you can apply insecticide.

Fall Lawn Care

As the temperature starts getting cooler, your lawn also starts prepping itself for winter. Other things that should be on your checklist include:

–  Overseeding to increase the density of the lawn. This prevents the onslaught of insects and weeds.

–  Aerate your lawn to prevent compaction of the grass.

–  Regularly rake out the leaves and get rid of any debris

–  Apply fertilizer and grub control. This ensures that the roots still continue its growth as the grass remains nourished during dormancy.

–  Mow the lawn lower than usual to prepare for the winter months, where long grass can smother itself. Take care, however, not to mow too short that the crown of the grass is already exposed to the snow.

Winter Lawn Care

As your lawn “sleeps” during the winter, you need to prepare for its “waking up” in the spring, as well as preventing or at least minimizing any damage. Here’s your basic to-do list for winter lawn care:

–  Clean up. Make sure that the lawn is free of leaves and other debris so that what little sun is available can shine down on the grass.

–  Clear the cemented walkways of snow. You may want to avail of All States’ Utah snow removal services. This prevents people from walking on the lawn, which can cause the ground to get compact. This, in turn, prevents air and nutrients from getting to the roots.

–  If necessary, aerate to prevent compaction.