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April 22, 2015

Treating Your Lawn for Summer

Summer is on its way, and it’s time to get your lawn ready for the change of seasons. The soil needs to be prepared to encourage quick, healthy growth, weed seeds have already germinated, and who knows what kinds of bugs are whetting their appetites for the tender shoots of your grass blades And newly formed roots. When it comes to treating your lawn for summer, you can do the work yourself or hire a lawn treatment service. Either way, here are some of the preparations that can get your lawn off to a great start.

Reseeding

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There are undoubtedly sections of your lawn that need reseeding. These areas may be bare because of any number of reasons. Grub worms eat the roots of grass, leaving spots of dead grass scattered throughout the area. Once the roots are gone, the grass dies and is worn off. Other areas are sparse because they do not get enough sunlight during the summer. Heavy traffic areas will need reseeding, too. This is especially true of pet owners whose pets wear trails in the turf. Each of these areas will need reseeding and, in most cases, amendments made to the soil. It’s a good idea to check with a lawn treatment service to see which seeds you need for each of these spaces. Some fescues, for example, are very tolerant of shade, and will fill in nicely under trees and in areas in the shade of your house. There are even ornamental grasses that can turn barren traffic areas into lush green spaces.

Soil Amendments

Ok, what about that section of your lawn that simply will not thrive? It is entirely possible that that the soil in that particular spot is damaged or sub-par in some way. In our case, a barren spot in our lawn was due to clay that had been dredged up when the neighborhood pond was built. Our house was built afterward, and topsoil spread over the clay. The solution was a soil amendment made of ground and powdered oyster shells. It is spread over the soil and watered in. The powder works down into the clay, increasing the quality of the soil and keeping it from packing down.

Fertilization

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By all means, fertilize your lawn for summer. Add a “green maker” rather than root stimulator, because the roots have had all winter to grow. As the fertilizer starts to work, the grass wil spread, covering the ground more quickly with richly colored grass. As you go into the heat of summer, there are fertilizers you can use to help the lawn grasses deal with heat without becoming stressed, but for now, a green maker will feed that lavish underground root system for a great start to the summer.

Preparing your lawn for summer is one of the first outdoor activities for the year. That first glimpse of a green summer carpet makes it all worthwhile.

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