How to Get a Perfect Lawn in an Afternoon | Lawn Care Tips
Lawn Care Tips to Get a Lush, Green Lawn with an Afternoon of Work
Spring is fast approaching and like every year its the perfect time to tend to your lawn and achieve the lush, comfortable lawn you've been putting off for years. We get it -- each spring comes and goes and the everyday grind can often make it difficult to spend as much time improving things around your home as you'd like, let alone get to lawn care.
If this sounds like you we have great news for you -- with the right know-how and a few pieces of specialized equipment you can achieve great results with a few hours of work each year. Follow these steps and tips and you'll be well on your way to a brand new curb appeal. Don't believe us? We've been using these lawn care techniques personally and for our clients for nearly a decade and if you stick to it every year, you'll reap the rewards.
Though all of these lawn care steps are vitally important to achieving the results you're hoping for, aeration is inherently important. Aeration opens up small holes in the soil and these allow water, oxygen and other nutrients like fertilizers to have direct access to the roots of your grass. This will spark brand new growth and improve the growth that's already established. Furthermore, I can't tell you how many calls we get a year from people that have dying brown spots scattered across their lawn. Almost every time this is caused by overpopulation. Overpopulation happens when there is too many roots for the soil to support and as a result your lawn is starved of nutrients and due outs occur. Aerating breaks through these roots to allow nutrients to be absorbed into the and in turn result in a thicker and healthier lawn. Essentially you are temporarily thinning your lawn (for about a week) to thicken it in the long term. Make sure you buy an aerator that removes plugs from the soil rather than just pokes holes -- you'll see much better results.
Fertilizer really goes without saying, but if you use fertilizer right after aerating you're results will be noticeably better. This is because the fertilizer falls into the aeration holes and fed directly the the roots of the grass. Be sure the get a spring fertilizer -- these are high in nitrogen which sparks springtime growth and repair after the winter. Even better, get a slow release fertilizer that releases its nutrients over a period of about 4 weeks. With slow release you'll see you lawn improve from week to week until the nutrients are completely absorbed. At Shark Lawn Specialists we only use premium fertilizer and really it pays for itself -- the results aren't even comparable to the cheap stuff. Expect to pay $30-40 a bag and don't be afraid to double the recommended dosage on the bag as long as its a natural fertilizer with no chemicals.
Overseed your lawn after aerating and fertilizing. Overseeding is the process of applying a thin spread of seed on top of your existing lawn. This seed will become new growth in improve the versatility of your lawn, as well as thicken it. Like I said before, aerating is the key to all of this lawn care -- the seeds will fall into the aeration plugs and take as new growth after the first rain or two. The light thinning caused by the aerator also gives the new seed opportunity to grow uninhibited by the dominant grass and thicken your lawn in the long term.
Rollers are heavy tow-behind or ride-on cylinders that smooth out bumps and small imperfections in the surface of a lawn. Consumer rollers are often filled with water and weigh anywhere from 600-1500 lbs filled. It is important to do this step of your lawn care before aerating, as this will highly tighten the soil, and the aerator will open it back up afterwards. Its also best to roll your lawn in early spring when the soil is still lightly spongy and malleable.
Dethatching and Sweeping
A dethatcher drags steel, rake-like teeth across the surface of the lawn and loosens decaying grass clippings, leaves and other debris that gets compacted on top of the soil. This debris, or thatch, prohibits the soil from having a healthy flow of oxygen, water and other nutrients. Thatch also forces new growth to push its way through this layer of nutrient-poor, highly-compacted debris and limits the amount of seed that will take. After you use a dethatcher to loosen the thatch it is very important to remove this loose debris from the surface of the lawn immediately or it will simply compact into a thatch layer again. This can be done using a store-bought pickup sweeper or simply with a rake if you're on a budget. This step should be performed first out of all the lawn care steps we've outlined here, as it will provide a nice, clean base for further improvements.
So there you have it, follow these steps exactly and you'll see improvements this summer, and if you keep at it every spring you'll achieve your perfect lawn in a couple of years. Want even faster and better results? Perform each of these lawn care steps every spring and fall. All of these steps can be done in an afternoon of work, and provide a great excuse to crack open a few cold beers afterwards.
Still don't have time or want to leave it to the pros? Shark Lawn Specialists has been providing premium lawn care for the past 5 years and our clients absolutely love us. We are a local, family-operated business that knows most of our clients on a first name basis. We care for each lawn based on its own needs and don't stick to "cookie-cutter" applications. Let us use our experience and expertise to provide you with results you'll love and you'll be wishing you started with us years ago! We are located in Millbank, Ontario, and serve Kitchener-Waterloo and many surrounding regions including Stratford, New Hamburg, Elmira, Milverton, Listowel and more. Call us or visit our services page this spring and get a better lawn -- for less.