The uncomfortable truth is, it can happen to the best of us – an ugly, patchy, lawn. These are the five basic steps you can take to a better lawn.
- A thorough spring cleanup – Removing the dead leaves and sticks that have accumulated over your lawn since the last fall mowing helps to not only clean up the appearance of your property, but also helps to promote new growth. Left unchecked, this debris can damage your lawn. We can provide a complete Spring cleanup to help prepare your property and lawn for the new season.
- Repairing bare areas – Whether it’s from snow, salt, shoveling, or your sweet shnauzer, bare spots happen. It’s impossible to improve lawn, where there is no lawn. Repairing these areas depend on the cause and the degree of damage. Our property maintenance professionals are trained to assess and make necessary repairs whether that would require over-seeding, topdressing, hydroseeding, or even sod.
- Fertilizer – Beginning with that first, early spring application of fertilizer and crabgrass control (see last month’s post) your lawn needs to be fed not only to become aesthetically pleasing, but to stay healthy enough to withstand our north Jersey summer. Broadleaf weed control, insect inspection & treatment, as well as grub control are all essential components of a comprehensive plant healthcare program. For more detailed information, please be sure to visit the Plant Healthcare section of our site.
- Proper cutting – Quality cutting to the appropriate height (Bayer Advanced cutting guidelines), at the proper intervals, while using well-maintained equipment, helps to keep your grass growing strong. Recycling the clippings, or mulching the grass as it’s cut, returns necessary nutrients to your lawn and helps your grass retain moisture. And of course, who doesn’t like to come home to those beautiful alternating grass stripes only a professional service can provide.
- Watering – This last step is up to you, but we can help. Research shows that watering your grass deeply and less frequently, will help the roots to grow deeper into the soil. These deeper roots will help to protect your lawn and potentially allow your grass to stay green during periods of extreme heat or drought. We recommend watering your grass well, with about an inch of water, once a week, preferably the day after your scheduled cut. If you have newly seeded your lawn or installed sod, see our FAQS.
Not every lawn is created equal. Soil quality, sun, and weather can all have an impact on your lawn. Greco Landscaping & Maintenance has helped to beautify properties in Sussex County since 1985. We are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat brown, patchy lawns and much more! Call 973.209.4306 today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.