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How Do I Prepare My Lawn for Summer?

May 25th 2020

Wondering how to revive your lawn in anticipation of summer? Look at the following simple steps you can apply to sharpen your yard's appearance before summer comes around.

Clean Up

Cleaning up is the first step to take in readying your lawn for a beautiful summer. And spring is the most enabling period to walk over to your lawn with a rake and clear out all that distasteful bulk of debris and twigs that have accumulated over winter.

Use Herbicides at the Designated Time

Never apply herbicides to newly seeded lawns. Herbicides can kill new grass. If weeds become a problem and you decide to use a herbicide, read the product label carefully to learn when it is safe to apply the herbicide to your new lawn. Alternatively, you can resort to weed control without chemicals.

Fill Up Patches

You can fill up the voids on your lawn using seed or sod. Lawns are seeded by spreading the seed over the soil and lightly raking it in. Grass from seed should show visible growth within two to three weeks if it is watered regularly while sod enables you to create an instant lawn.

Water Lightly but Frequently

You should water newly seeded lawns two to four times a day, so the soil around the grassroots never dries. When the seedlings are 2 inches high, decrease the frequency but water more deeply.

For sodded patches, water once daily for the first two weeks. After two weeks, test for root establishment by gently pulling up on the grass. If you feel resistance, the roots are beginning to grow into the soil beneath the sod. Once this occurs, reduce the frequency of watering,

Apply Fertilizer

Four to six weeks after your grass seeds germinate, apply 0.75 to 1.0 pound of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet. Apply again eight to ten weeks after germination.  Use starter fertilizers, which are high in phosphorus. These products are recommended when seeding a new lawn and after the fresh grass has begun to grow. They are especially beneficial if a test indicates that your soil is low in phosphorus. But do not use starter fertilizers on established lawns, go for high-nitrogen fertilizers instead.

Mow

Mowing is a crucial aspect of lawn care. Mow as soon as the first leaves are 2 to 2.5 inches tall. Most people wait too long to mow a new lawn, but you can rarely mow a new lawn too soon. Cut the grass to a height of 1.5-2 inches and continue to mow at this height each time the leaves reach 2-2.5 inches. After three or four mowings, increase the mowing height to 3-3.5.

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