Lawn Maintenance

Learn a few tips and tricks to keep your lawn looking great all year round.
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Lawn Maintenance Calendar

Spring

  • March and April: Rake up leaves and debris in yard.
  • Sharpen mower blade.
  • May: Apply broadleaf herbicide.

Summer

  • Water correctly: Soak lawn 6 to 8 inches deep. Sandy soils take 30 minutes. For clay soils, it could take a couple of hours.
  • If you plan to kill off your lawn, August is a good time to do it.

Fall

  • Mulch leafs on lawn with mower.
  • Aerate soil – getting air down to the roots.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide to prevent growth of annual bluegrass and chickweed.

Winter

  • Maintain your mower – drain the oil and gasoline and change the filter.

Fixing Brown or Bald Spots

Small Patch

  • Clean up dead grass with a rake, trowel or shovel.
  • Scrape the grown grass or poke holes in it.
  • Lightly scatter seed.
  • Water.

Large Patch

  • Loosen edges of the brown patch using a shovel.
  • Dig up the dead grass. You could use a device called a sod cutter to help.
  • Till the soil.
  • Rake remaining debris, grass and soil to even out the surface.
  • Lay sod by first starting along an edge.
  • Butt the ends together.
  • Cut off any excess using a knife.
  • Roll out any bumps.
  • Water sod to help it establish a good root system.
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