How healthy is your front yard? A vibrant green patch that evenly covers the whole lawn is not privy solely to those homeowners who seek out regular lawn services. Healthy grass is a direct reflection of the care it is shown, and yes that can be perhaps more easily achieved by professionals. But it is possibly for even the lazy to have a gorgeous yard, so long as they remember two truths: grass needs food to grow, and grass is food to many pests.
How and When to Feed Your Grass: The Seasonal Schedule.
Velvety green grass is a reflection of the nutrients the grass roots have had access to throughout the year. The necessary nutrients cannot all be easily got without the help of fertilization. These are (in no particular order):
- 1. Oxygen
As lawn fertilizer companies will tell you, fertilizer needs to be applied at a minimum four times a year but preferably up to seven times, which comes out to about every five weeks. In early spring, the roots are waking back up so to speak, and they are hungry. In late spring, weeds come up right alongside the grass shoots, and your lawn services will need to include a weed control method in the form of a special fertilizer or good old fashioned manual labor. The roots need a special phosphorous-rich fertilizer in the fall to keep them healthy through the winter, especially in very cold environments.
Pest Control Measures Made Easy.
There are many little critters that can destroy a lawn. Some pose no threat to homeowners, but some can cause trouble. Statistics provided by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology show that about 500,000 people go to the emergency room every year because of an insect bite or sting. If this seems an exaggerated response, then consider that over two million people have an allergic reaction to a bug sting. The ones that can damage a lawn are:
- 1. Moles: their presence is shown by dirt volcanos and ridges.
2. Voles: when snow melts in the spring it will reveal sunken dirt paths.
3. Japanese Beetles: feed on flowers, mostly, but still a concern for gardeners.
4. Grubs: these are the larval form of beetles, and feed on grass roots to grow.
5. Chinch Bugs: also eat grass roots, leaving bald spots.
6. Male Crickets: their presence is shown by spongy, irregularly shaped brown patches of grass.
7. European Crane Fly: eats grass roots, resulting in yellowed spots.
To get rid of these pests, it is necessary to know what is killing the grass. Some, like the mole, are fairly obvious. For some of the bugs, though, a full lawn service is needed to identify the pest and then to heal the grass. Most bugs can be flushed out by using plenty of soapy water poured over the grass. This will not damage the grass, but it will drown the bugs and help flush them to the surface.
A lovely yard takes work, it is true. A consistent fertilizer schedule is necessary, as is keeping a close eye on any bug activity. If the work sounds a little out of reach, you can always hire a reliable lawn service company to keep an eye on things for you.