The Right Lawn Care Supplies Make for a Healthy Lawn
Taking care of a lawn is not extremely complex. The simple tasks of mowing and trimming the yard are so routine that everybody who has property does it or has a service take care of it. Even the next level of taking care of weeds and providing for the other needs for your lawn is entirely achievable by the average home owner with the purchase of affordable supplies that are available at any corner garden or hardware store in season.
Even during the off seasons of fall and winter, you may find yourself laying in supplies of pre-emergent to spread on your lawn and water in. This is a specially developed formula that can go a long way to keep down the amount of weeds and encourage grass growth in the spring. By watering pre-emergent into the soil, the chemicals will retard the ability of weeds from germinating from seeds in the soil. When spring comes then, the weeds cannot even get a start and you have stopped the propagation of weeds from year to year. Pre-emergent that you put out in the early spring also encourages growth in your grass so your lawn gets a good start when springtime begins the cycle of growth.
If you are starting to plan your purchase and storage of chemical supplies for your lawn, you have some decisions to make. You can get some good deals buying in bulk but you will have a storage issues. You really don’t want to leave bags of open fertilizer and weed killer outside to expose to the elements. That can ruin your stock which defeats your purpose. But if you have a secure shed that can hold a dozen or so large bags of various chemicals, you can buy in bulk. Most lawn care chemicals do not have a serious shelf life so a big bag or several big bags can last for years as you use out of them as needed.
The summer brings the need for weed killers and/or fertilizers and what you need to put out may change by the month. You may need broadleaf weed killer one month and crabgrass killer the next. Other chemicals that may be needed to control pests such as insecticides, grub control supplies to discourage moles and ant or termite control chemicals all might need to be stored as you go.
Similarly, the types of fertilizers you put out may change throughout the growing season depending on where your turf is each month. In late winter or early spring, weed and feed works well so you don’t have alternate weed killer and fertilizer. As the growing season takes off, you will want fertilizer that encourages rapid growth and thickening of your yard so new sprouts do well and existing grass turns your yard into a think lush grass carpet. Then as the summer continues, fertilizers that cause the grass to become greener are appropriate.
Learning the cycles of your lawn from late winter through the spring growth through a busy summer and then into the fall and winter months as well is a big part of knowing in advance what supplies you will need. If you can buy and store them as you go, more power to you. But just having a good annual schedule of supplies means you will be stocking up in time for each need and that means your maintenance will be on time and effective throughout the life of your yard.
The Right Lawn Care Supplies Make for a Healthy Lawn
Being Smart in the Use of Any Lawn Care Product
If you walk out in your garage, you probably have dozens of bottles of different products you may have bought over the years for your yard. The lawn products industry does a good job of convincing us that we need to spray something on our yard for just about any yard related correction we need to make. And the outcome is you often find yourself overrun with half used bottles of everything from broadleaf weed killer to sprays to kill grubs that might (or might not) be eating the roots of your grass and attracting moles.
This is not to say that these various products are not effective because they may very well do exactly what their labels say they will do. But no product can replace your judgment and wise decision making about how to use different products so you not only do what is best for your lawn but do so in an environmentally responsible way. Being smart in what products to use on your lawn and how to use them just makes sense and if you have a plan for each potential problem, you may not have to buy so many lawn chemicals which will make your garage easier to manage as well.
A good example is weed control. The purpose of weed control is twofold. First, you want to get rid of weeds because they look terrible in your lawn and you don’t want your yard to degenerate into a wild field. Secondly, you want to discourage weeds so they don’t crowd out your grass and take away valuable water, nutrients and sunlight from the vegetable life you want to see thrive on your property.
The chemical approach to handling weeds then is to kill them. Broadleaf weed killers are good for some of the problem weeds because they cause the weeds to wither and die which leaves room for healthy grass to spread and grow into the available space. However, whenever you spray a liquid weed killer on your lawn, the potential for damage to the root systems of trees or that the toxins will kill desirable non-grass plants like flowers or bushes is a real concern.
So one way to head off the problem before it starts is to do your lawn treatment in the early fall and then the late winter by putting out a pre-emergent product which does not kill weeds. Instead is simply prevents germination of weed seeds that are lying dormant in the ground. When the weeds cannot germinate and grow into mature plants, that gives your grass the chance to grow and spread with the aid of the limited application of fertilizers. This is smart weed control and an approach that takes care of the problem before it really takes over your yard.
You can use some common sense and wise advice from your local expert gardeners that you can find working at one of the better greenhouses in your community to devise a smart plan for handling just about any lawn related problem. You may still find yourself using chemical products to get a problem area under control. But by being smart before you buy, you are using the right chemicals and not just anything that you find that will only clutter up your garage even further.
Some Easy Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Happy Yard
Unlike taking care of your house or your car, the unique variable in caring for your yard is that it is alive. That stand of grass is just as much a living thing as your dog, your cat or you for that matter. And like all life forms, it requires the basics of life which is food, water and in the case of plants, good sunlight. But unlike your kids or your dog, the tips you need to keep your yard happy and productive are very easy to do if you just take the time on a regular basis to give your yard some tender loving care.
Just as you would not think of letting your animals or kids go without water, water is the heart of a good program to take care of healthy grass. Of course, you can water a yard too much. But if you run the sprinkler on the yard for a half hour or so or until the water begins to run off, you will see the results in a rich green turf. The best time to water is the morning because more of the water is absorbed by the grass before evaporation takes its toll. A terrible time to water is late at night because that can cause fungus problems.
Each year there is some maintenance that you can do that will help your yard be in tiptop shape when the summer is upon you. All lawns go through changed and need help getting back to what you want in a lush, full spread of grass. So inspect your grass as the season ends to determine where some remedial work might pay off before the next growing season gets going.
By clearing out any areas that have become bare, you can seed that ground at the end of the growing season, which gives the seed the winter months to settle in. Do your routine watering which you should cut back slowly as your grass begins to go into hibernation. But that watering will help the new seed “set” to be ready to sprout in the spring. You can also use some quick start fertilizer if you want to see sprouts right away. But if the soil has been fertilized and has some nutrients in it, that isn’t always necessary.
Other annual or seasonal activities that you should plan into your yard maintenance plan are fertilization and aeration. Aeration involves creating small holes in your yard to create room for air and living things to move under the surface. These natural elements in the ecosystem must be able to access the root system to provide vital nutrients to your grass’s root system. Aeration may be as simple as walking every foot of your yard with spiked shoes on so the soil is opened up for further growth. There are specialized tools and services for aeration so consult with your local greenhouse on what is commonly needed for your soil.
By keeping up on the weed and feed and weekly and monthly maintenance, you can assure that your lawn will be healthy and green when the season is in full swing and you really want it to look good. And you feel good because you have learned to take good care of it just like you do everything involving your family and your home.