We’re well into February now and it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming summer ahead, though to do so properly we have to take into account this summer past. Summer 2016 was hot, humid, and dry. This resulted in issues ranging from lawns suffering from insufficient rain water to the highest populations of chinch bugs we can remember dealing with in one summer. With these kinds of problems it’s important to take notice of how everything works together, that there is synergetic system at play here.
This system is comprised of things that can be controlled and things that cannot be controlled (this is where it can get complicated). What we can control is how we take care of the grass in terms of proper mowing, proper watering, proper feeding and care for the soil the grass lives in. What we can’t control is what Mother Nature throws at us. How we modify what we control as Mother Nature changes the rules all summer long is what separates a Great Lawn Care Company from an OK Lawn Care Company. To learn more about how a Great Lawn Care Company, Green Unlimited, deals with things please log into your customer account here and see our Maintenance Tips.
Another thing to consider is how old your lawn is. A lawn which is newer (1-3 years old) has not developed as strong & deep a root systems as a lawn which is more established. Proper fertilization, mowing and watering will speed up this root mass development. Younger lawns will suffer much more from prolonged periods of heat and draught – such as the summer we experienced in 2016 and as well as back in 2012. The summers are becoming hotter and dryer and the extremes of these weather patterns are hitting more and more frequently. This is why it is very important to be properly watering your lawn during these periods, which means watering 2-3 times a week. A question we get often is “How long should I water my lawn for?” and we have a simple trick to help you with just that: take an empty tuna can (or something of similar size) and place it in the path of where your sprinkler system hits. Once it’s full, you know you’ve watered your lawn enough in this area!
Many people think that because their lawn is new they don’t need to hire a professional service, yet. With new lawns it’s even more crucial to have professionals taking care of it for you. They can see how things are doing and make recommendations, such as aeration, to help promote stronger and deeper root systems for your new grass. Aeration is key as it helps to loosen soil and allow fertilizer, water and air to quickly reach your grass’ root system which is vital to its development. This will nurture a deep root system, resulting in a thicker, healthier, more draught resistant lawn.
One thing to also keep in mind is that if you notice anything weird going on in your lawn, it’s extremely important to let us know as soon as possible so we can come by and take a look. The quicker we can identify the problem the better – keep problems small and the cure is always less expensive. Those of you who have our Fusion program are entitled to free service calls, and that is something you should definitely take advantage of if you see something is “off” or you have questions on how things are going. With every regularly scheduled visit our Lawn Tech’s are conducting an inspection of anything that needs attention – between visits if anything pops up just schedule a service call and we’ll be out to check on it for you.
Check back for future blogs. We’ll be covering all these topics and more in greater detail as we move through the season and these issues are on the horizon for us to watch for.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us as we are always happy to help.
Here’s to having a more normal summer! Although I really don’t know what that is any more. We just have to be ready for anything these days.
We look forward to helping you this spring.