Hello folks! How are you doing? Oh me? I’m doing great, my lawn is green and alive, and I’m thinking about planting some new colorful flowers to liven up the space a little. You see, it has taken me regular efforts to go from a “this place must be an old pet cemetery” kind of lawn to a “bluebirds and other fairy tale like cute animals visit my garden everyday and sometimes sing with me” kind of lawn.
It takes work, that is true; but believe me, with some simple steps and proper seasonal care, your lawn will turn into the perfect ground for growing beautiful and colorful plants that will brighten your space (and your mood… I mean, never underestimate the healing powers of a beautiful garden, it’s basically the superhero of open spaces).
So, if you feel like your lawn needs more care, or if you just want to give a new breath of life to a colorless garden, look no more! On this article, you will learn everything about lawn care, from winter till fall. You will also get to discover some major issues that can hurt your lawn, and how to get rid of them.
So, without further ado, discover our ultimate guide to all year round lawn care. Ta-daa!
Winter lawn care
It’s winter, it’s cold, rainy, maybe it’s snowing where you live, and it’s so cold that all you want to do is cuddle in the comfort of your warm bed.
But, what about your lawn? I understand that you’d rather do anything than be outside when it is so cold, but still, your lawn needs to be taken care of if you want something to grow in it in spring. And, good news: you won’t need to go out of your way to take care of your lawn during winter. Minimal caring can be as helpful as the hardcore summer caring, and with our tips, you will be able to do it with your eyes closed (not literally though! Don’t try this at home children).
First, there is some pre-winter care to do before the first frost. As the first winter frost approaches, one thing you should do is mow your lawn (so that animals and/or bugs don’t colonize it), aerate your lawn so you can reduce compaction, and finally, apply some fertilizer so your lawn can be fed all winter long.
When winter comes (Game of Thrones reference y’all!)
After going through the previous steps, you will know that the most important has been done when it comes to winter lawn care. After that, all that is left is regular maintenance, such as giving your grass some rest: don’t let people walk over it, and always get rid of any leaves, branches, furniture, or other objects sitting on it.
It is also better not to mow your lawn, unless it is necessary and all good conditions are present, ie: if the lawn isn’t wet, if there’s not frost coming, and if the temperature is above 5°C.
Do you want to know more about winter lawn care? Check out this helpful infographic.
Spring lawn care
Spring has come, yey! It means birds are singing, flowers are blooming, it’s sunnier, warmer, and we can actually wear t-shirts outside without getting pneumonia! But, that also means that time for some hard work has come, at least, gardening-ly (that word doesn’t exist… I think) speaking. With a warmer atmosphere comes more lawn work, and it is only for the better, since it will help you keep a colorful garden for quite a while.
So, ready to know what it will take you to get the garden of your dreams (hyperbole again, sorry…)? Here we go, folks!
Early spring care
As the spring has just sprung (sorry, I really needed to use that expression), there are some things that you should do early in the season if you want your lawn to be healthier. What are they? Keep reading and you’ll get your answer!
First, make sure to clean up your lawn, and I mean, thoroughly clean it up, until it’s spotless. Remove any branches, leaves, twigs, or other debris that you find laying around, dispose of them or add them to your compost (the ones that can be added to it of course). Another thing you can do is rake out the dead grass so that your lawn is ready for more work!
If you spot some bare patches in your lawn, make sure to repair them and water the newly seeded areas every day until the grass reaches a height that makes it possible to be mowed. But, don’t mow it, instead, wait until those new patches of grass are as high as the surrounding lawn, and then go on with it.
And if you see weeds creeping around your lawn, make sure to kill them using a proper fertilizer that will not hurt your grass. Make sure to fertilize your grass before the first mowing and apply mulch when the soil has warmed.
Late spring care
If you feel like your lawn could be thicker, don’t hesitate to overseed it. And don’t forget, the newly seeded areas need to be watered daily for at least week to grow. Another thing you can do in late spring is getting rid of dandelions. I know, they look cute and all, but in the end, the are weeds that should be exterminated (wow, this word sounds so hardcore).
And finally, be sure to apply some pesticide to deal with hibernating grubs who are about to wake up and chew on your grassroots.
Summer lawn care
Summer is when your lawn needs the most extensive care, and it’s understandable, since those are the hottest months of the year. The heat and drought can stress your grass more than you think, add to that the constant watering and fertilizing that we put our lawns through (since a lot of summer activities take place in our gardens, we tend to overly care for our lawns, which actually makes the situation worse), and you end up with sad grass that just wants to be left alone.
But, as we all know it, there are ways we can prevent our lawns to turn into arenas from The Hunger Games, through good and respectful summer care.
Want to know more about it? Keep reading!
Early summer care
First, make sure to feed your lawn, this will help it withstand drought and heat conditions that happen during the summer. A fertilizer that slowly releases its nutrients throughout time is recommended.
Mow high and when you’re done, don’t get rid of the grass clippings, instead leave them laying around; when they break down, they will feed your lawn (yes, auto lawn cannibalism).
Mid-summer is the hottest time of the season, which means that you will have to water deeply, up to 4 or 6 inches. If you’re not sure how deep the water is reaching, use a screwdriver to check.
Every six weeks, make sure to feed your lawn using a slow release fertilizer. If you notice bugs, use a product that gets rid of them and feeds your lawn at the same time. But if your grass goes dormant during the summer (happens with winter grass), avoid feeding it until rain season comes.
Late summer care
Start watering your lawn in the early morning, so that your grass loses less moisture to evaporation. Another thing you can do is to keep working on weeds, as weeds take no vacation!
Fall lawn care
When the days start getting shorter, you might think that your lawn won’t need that much care. But, everyone loves a green, nice looking lawn, right? And it doesn’t change during the fall, which is why you should give special care to your grass during this season.
How? Keep reading and you’ll know!
First, decrease the height of your lawn mower. Then get rid of any weeds you find in your grass, deal with them before the weather makes it difficult for you. Another thing you can do is rake your lawn, so that leaves don’t get stuck there when it snows and turn into a home for bugs.
Aerate your lawn so it can get all the water and nutrients it needs, overseed, and finally, use some fall fertilizer to give your lawn all the nutrients it will need during the season.
Lawn problems and their solutions
Finally, we’ll take a little tour in the neighborhood named “lawn problems” (ugh, what a horrible metaphor, really). Just like any other plant, your lawn is bound to deal with problems such as bugs and diseases. But, you can help it combat these, and here’s how!
As we know, your lawn’s grass can die if it’s not well taken care off, especially during the summer when drought is common. And if your grass is totally dead because of that, then we hate to break it to you, but there is no way to revive it. But, if it’s just dormant, then regular and proper irrigation will help it come back to life after three or four weeks.
Lawn weeds are pretty common, they can be dandelions, buttercups, daisies, or black medick. Sure, they look beautiful, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t hurt your lawn, which is why you should get rid of them. The best way to treat your lawn would be to apply a selective weed killer that, if used correctly, will kill those weeds without hurting your grass.
Lawn mushrooms occur when you don’t clean your grass properly, mostly when you leave dead grass clipping or old mulch laying around. But don’t worry, even if you discover mushrooms in your grass, know that it’s not impossible to get rid of them. If you find out that your lawn is too wet, try to reduce the moisture in it. Make sure to rake your lawn and replace old mulch. Finally, you can treat your lawn using fungicide.
Tatch occurs when you leave layers of dead materials on your lawn, such as grass clippings or dead leaves. The simplest way to prevent it and/or get rid of it is to rake out thatch in early fall and early spring and always remember to rake up grass clippings after mowing.
Lawn moss can be a serious issue during spring and fall, which is why you should treat it directly when you find it. It often occurs because of bad drainage, and the best way to get rid of it is to use a lawn treatment that contains moss killer.
In the end…
Taking care of your lawn might seem like a hassle at first, but after a while, you will see results that will convince you that it is worth it. So, take care of your lawn and have a blast doing so!