Top 3 Ways to Keep a Green Lawn
It’s May and everyone is looking for that eye-catching green lawn. Temperatures are moderate, rainfall is abundant, and you could probably cut the lawn twice a week if you really wanted to. This week we are looking at spring turf applications; how they work, and what you should be doing to promote strong stands of green grass and minimal weeds. While there is a world of science behind turf programs, we are breaking it down to the basics that will drive the best results.
Here are the best tips to keep your lawn green all season long:
1. Timing is Everything:
Good weed control starts before the grass is growing. The timing of applying weed control products can be just as important as the application itself. For both cool and warm season grasses the first application almost always involves a pre-emergent weed control. Pre-emergent works by inhibiting the germination of seeds that are dormant in the soil, therefore, timing the application for when soil temperatures are right for seed germination is critical.
2. There's Bad Before the Good:
While pre-emergent weed controls help to limit certain types of weeds; mostly crabgrass, it’s not impactful on broadleaf weeds. “Broadleaf weeds” are what we recognize as Dandelions, Clover, Buttercup and other commons weeds. The best way to treat these types of weeds is to apply a post-emergent herbicide. Post-emergent herbicides work to kill weeds after they have germinated. When trying to achieve a beautiful lawn, you’ll have to wait until the bad weeds come out, so you can feed the lawn to look good!
3. Feed Me:
After a long winter that’s exactly what your lawn is thinking; FEED ME. As grass transitions from a dormant to an active state, lawns need nutrients to stimulate new growth. Early Spring fertilizers that are higher in Nitrogen will fuel vegetative growth, providing those lush green lawns we admire.
While developing and maintaining a strong lawn doesn’t happen overnight, or in any one season, there is never a bad time to start. By treating the lawn with the proper fertilizers in the spring you minimize the competition from weeds. This will give your turf the headstart it needs to excel through the landscape season!
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Putting the Snow Season to Bed
How to Say "Good-bye Snow!"
The calendar told us that winter was over back on March 21st but Mother Nature hadn’t given in until April was well underway. At this point, only the northern most areas should have any concerns with accumulating snow and the better part of the nation is well into landscape clean ups and mulching.
All that’s left to calling it a wrap are the end of season close outs. While much of the effort towards snow and ice management is focused on the startup and execution of the services, closing out the year is just as essential to continued success and developing improved processes for the next winter.
Critical and useful topics to review at the end of the snow season:
It’s just a reality of delivering snow removal that parking bumpers get dislodged, curbs get broken, and plants compromised. Yep, things tend to get damaged on site. Conducting a site walk to review site conditions, identify any damages and to build a repair strategy is always a good idea.
As much as you wanted to see snow stakes installed and equipment dropped on site back in November, you want them gone now. Typically, having these items offsite by the end of April should be a reasonable expectation.
Site Clean Up
Funny thing about plowing snow, you not only pile the snow, but you capture all the trash and debris that was on the ground before the snow fell. So, when snow piles melt all the debris that was collected is left behind. For sites with environmental concerns where sand is often an alternative to salt or other deicers, a brush sweep of parking lots is often needed to remove excess sand.
Every season brings its own challenges and learning experiences. To better be prepared for the next winter, schedule a post season meeting to review scopes of work, level set expectations and discuss the wins and opportunities in service delivery so that you can build on the lessons learned to have an even better season next year.
While we are enjoying the longer days and warmer weather, don’t lose sight of ending the winter strong and using it to start preparing for next year.