A healthy and vibrant lawn doesn’t just look good, it’s important to the environment, feels nice to walk and play on, will pique interest from friends and neighbours, and it’s really satisfying to know that you put in the effort and can see the results.
It’s not difficult keeping a lawn in tip-top condition either. It does take a little more than just a rake and a good lawn mower. However, with all the benefits outlined above it’s more than worth that little extra effort to have a lawn you can be proud of and the whole family can enjoy.
Some of the benefits to keeping your lawn in top condition include:
- Providing a space for your family to enjoy
- Increasing the value and saleability of your property
- Benefits the environment and the ecosystem in your yard
- It’s a fun and active outdoor hobby
You have to approach lawn care differently depending on the season, or more accurately, the weather where you live. Below I have put together a guide outlining the how to care for your lawn during each season. Properly maintaining your lawn leading into each season will ensure your lawn maintains the best possible condition.
Lawn Care Ultimate Guide for Year Round
- 1 Lawn Care Ultimate Guide for Year Round
- 1.1 Spring (March – June)
- 1.2 Fall (September – December)
- 1.3 Lawn Care Tools to Make Your Life Easier
- 1.4 In Summary
Spring (March – June)
Spring is the season where you really need to spend special attention to your lawn. Winter is now behind you and your lawn is going to start to flourish. Giving your lawn the kind of care it requires now is vitally important if you’re going to have a luscious, green lawn develop over the following months.
Feeding and Fertilizing during Spring
Your lawn is going to require a lot of nutrients during the spring months. A common mistake is to think that your lawn will get enough of these nutrients from rainwater and the soil. If you want a vibrant and full lawn you need to use some lawn food.
Use a proprietary spring fertilizer that’s high in nutrients. You can use spring fertilizers up until August but not after. Try and apply in moist conditions and add some water to the topside. Take action at the first signs of any moss or weeds popping up too. Catching weeds early is vital as they will be feeding off your lawn food and sapping some of the life out of the soil.
Mowing Your Lawn during Spring
You will notice your lawn starting to ‘spring’ into life, in spring. You need to start mowing the lawn early to stimulate more growth, but it’s important to set your mower to a high cutting setting so you don’t cut too low.
You only want to trim your lawn, with little and often being the key as opposed to infrequent low cuts.
Seeding Throughout Spring
By looking at the condition of your lawn you will be able to identify areas in need of some seeding. Don’t be afraid to overseed at the beginning of spring as it’s better to have a fuller lawn than a thinner one and the seeds will germinate easily.
If you have an uneven lawn then top dressing will smooth out these areas and give you a lovely smooth and even lawn surface. Take note of the mowing guidance above and keep trimming the tops off the newer grass to develop an even lawn surface.
Additional Spring Lawn Care Tips
Aerate dense patches in your lawn – Aerating is a process in which you spike the ground with a fork to allow more air and drainage into the soil. If you have any firm or dense areas in your lawn air out these areas to improve the drainage and quality of the grass.
Killing weeds – Weeds stick out instantly on a well maintained lawn and there is no greater enemy to your precious lawn. Use weedkiller sparingly and check it’s not going to damage your lawn. If you’re dealing with weeds by hand by sure to pull out the entire root.
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Fall (September – December)
It’s important to take good care of your lawn during the months of fall. This is your chance to use the last of good weather to get your lawn into top condition before a harsh winter comes. All your efforts during these months will pay off next year, below is everything you need to know to make the most of the fall months.
Feeding and Fertilizing during Fall
Lawn feed in the fall with give your lawn the nourishment it needs to survive the winter. Fall tends to be damp in most areas and the constant damp can take its toll on a lawn. Providing some high quality nutrients will give your lawn the lift it needs.
Pick up a lawn feed that’s been formulated for the fall season. You need a feed that is formulated to build strong roots and combat weeds going into the winter season. These feeds also improve your lawn’s natural absorption ability and will give you that bright, fresh green look.
Mowing Your Lawn during Fall
As the months draw on you will need to mow your lawn less. The days become shorter, there is less sunlight, and your lawn will slow. If you have a depth setting on your mower raise it a little to leave your lawn slightly longer as winter approaches.
Seeding Throughout Fall
Unless your lawn is in tip-top condition you may want to overseed it heading into winter. Seed can still germinate and flourish, filling out any patches before winter comes.
Additional Fall Lawn Care Tips
Keep your lawn free from leaves – A leaf blower is going to be your best friend through the months of fall. Trees will be shedding their leaves and if you leave them it’s not only unsightly it can attract pests and cause damp spots on your lawn.
Aerate any dry patches – Use a fork or some other sharp tool to spike some holes in any areas that look like they are dry spots. This increases the drainage and allows more air into the soil and roots of the lawn.
Lawn Care Tools to Make Your Life Easier
Edging irons are tools that allow you to cut straight lines into your lawn and as the name suggests, edges. Straight lines always gives the impression of a tight, and tidy lawn. You can even get creative and cut shapes into a lawn and work your way around ornaments and flower beds.
Investing in a good lawn mower is going to pay you back over the years. Some say a lawn is only as good as the mower and it’s true to a point. If you want to leave those stripes you see on award winning lawns then choose a mower with a roller. Buying the best mower your budget stretches to is a good start.
Hose or Sprinkler
Water is one of the main elements for a healthy lawn. Some people prefer to have a sprinkler on a timer, while others like to walk around with a hose so they can inspect their lawn. Either way, one of both of these items are essential.
Leaf Blower and Rake
Keeping dead leaves off your lawn can feel like a losing battle at times. A leaf blower makes removing leaves incredibly easy. I always keep a rake to hand too so I can collect all the leaves in a pile and remove them.
Feed spreaders are small troughs on wheels that distribute lawn feed or seeds evenly as you walk around. It makes covering large lawns quick and easy and helps you to achieve that even look.
I hope this article has helped you to understand that it’s not as difficult as you may have thought to create and maintain a luscious, green lawn. With just a few simple tools as outlined above, the correct knowledge, and some enthusiasm, it’s really not difficult at all – and incredibly satisfying.
The key is to maintain your lawn all year round. Following the guidelines for each season and making the necessary adjustments makes a huge difference. Once you have a healthy lawn it’s a lot easier to maintain it than it is to start from scratch.
If you have any questions about this article or any tips to add please drop me a comment and I’ll be happy to respond, thanks!