Month-to-Month Guide for Maintaining your lawn

Month-to-Month Guide for Maintaining your lawn

If you want your lawn to look it’s best come spring time, you need to care for it throughout the year. The following is a month to month guide on what you should do and when to make sure that your lawn is as beautiful as it can be.

April

  • Clean up debris from winter
  • Cultivation (aerating, spiking, slicing) – lawn should be actively growing
  • Overseeding, establishment (late in month; late summer is better)
  • Pre-emergence annual weed (i.e. crabgrass) control (or early May)

May

  • Cultivation (aerating, spiking, slicing) – lawn should be actively growing.
  • Pre-emergence annual weed control (or late April) if needed
  • Fertilization
  • Post-emergence weed control to actively growing weeds
  • Overseeding, establishment (early in month; late summer is better)

June

  • Post-emergence weed control (avoid hot weather)Late summer or early fall is better
  • Light fertilization (with irrigation); controlled-release nitrogen suggested

July

  • Irrigation (as needed or allow lawn to go dormant)
  • Monitoring for pests/problems

August

  • Monitor for pests (annual white grubs mid-Aug. thru Sept.)
  • Irrigation (as needed)
  • Prepare for seeding, overseeding (optimum time)
  • Seeding – latter half of month (optimum time)

September

  • Overseeding & establishment (optimum time) – first week
  • Fertilization (key time) – first 2 weeks
  • Cultivation (aerating, spiking, slicing) – lawn should be actively growing
  • Post-emergence weed control to actively growing weeds (optimum time)

October

  • Post-emergence weed control (early in month) if weeds actively growing
  • Cultivation (aerating, spiking, slicing) – lawn should be actively growing

November

  • Mowing until dormant
  • Late season fertilization within 1 week of final mowing of year

* Not all of these practices are suggested for one lawn in one season; this schedule is intended to be a guide when planning lawn care. Practices should be based on needs and problems of a specific lawn.

* Some practices cannot be done in conjunction with another; such as reseeding and applying most herbicides, or fertilizing new seedings at rates for established lawns.

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If the month to month maintenance of your lawn seems like a daunting task; let us help! Here at Greentech we’re experts when it comes to Dayton Lawn Care. We’ll help you no matter what time of year it is, to get your lawn looking healthy. Contact us today to see how we can assist you in achieving that lush green lawn you’ve been dreaming of.

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