Homeowners all over the country need to give a little extra attention to their lawns in order to keep them looking like plush green carpets.
A Simple Maintenance Program:
If your soil is below normal in fertility, or your grass is above average in demand, the lawn will benefit from regular applications of Lawn fertilizer in spring, summer and fall.
For those of us in the southeast 4 times a year is recommended. I go a little further and fertilize more often (6 times per year) and cut the application rate.
Also keep on the look out for specially formulated fertilizers for your grass type. Many new, fertilizers have been designed for grass types and weeds in your local area.
Most of these fertilizers are clean, dustless pelleted fertilizer and can be used on the lawn and garden.
It has a unique property – it is not made up of a mixture of different ingredients – part nitrogen particles, some phosphorus and some potash. Instead, each pellet contains exactly the same balanced formula of all three nutrients.
Also, each pellet may contain two kinds of nitrogen – one for an immediate boost and one for a slow release feeding. The phosphoric acid is also quick and slow acting.
In addition to being ideal for established lawns, it is the kind of plant food you want mixed with the soil before you seed it.
Water regularly and deeply throughout the dry months. To get deep water penetration and make efficient use of the water you use make sure the soil does not dry out!
Keep on the look out for broadleaved weeds and treat them to keep them from spreading.
The presence of moss in a lawn indicates lack of fertility, improper watering, poor soil drainage, compaction, or extra acidity. Check Ortho and Scott’s for products designed to kill moss by creating an environment that is too healthy for it. Always follow the label!
Lawn Pests To Keep On The Look Out For:
Sod Webworms – (Lawn Moths) Little tan moths flit over the grass at dusk, laying eggs. Eggs hatch into sod webworms and chew the grass bases.
White Grubs – They chew grass deep, making dead patches that you can lift like a doormat
Brown Patch – A fungus disease grass turn dark green and light brown in roughly circular spots. Water infested lawns as little as possible, use an aerating tool to let the grass and soil breathe.
Snow Mold – A fungus disease develops when compacted snow melts off top of lawns. Infested areas look cottony, pinkish-white. Brush infested areas, feed the lawn.