The needs of your lawn are directly impacted by the seasons. Your lawn requires something different in the winter than it does in the summer. This is why it is important to make a plan for lawn care with each changing season. Summer is here which means it is time to address the unique needs of your lawn that come with this time of year. In the summertime grass and weeds are growing, pests are active, and extremes in the weather can threaten the health of your lawn. A lawn care plan that includes proactive maintenance and professional services will help you keep your yard healthy and looking good all summer long.
Grass and weeds are growing
Summer is a growing season for your grass. Unfortunately, weeds can also thrive during this time of year. You need to make a plan that will help your grass grow, keep it maintained, and prevent weeds. Developing a yard that is full of healthy grass requires that you are proactive in providing the nutrients it needs. Aeration and fertilization are two ways to get nutrients to your grass. Aeration is the process of removing small plugs of dirt throughout your yard. This opens up the roots of your grass to the air and allows you to apply nutrients directly to those roots. Immediately after aeration is a great time to apply fertilizer to your lawn. Boosting the health of your grass is an excellent defense against weeds. Healthy grass will not be easily overtaken by the weeds that try and invade your yard. You can add an extra layer of defense against weeds by having your yard sprayed with insecticide by a lawn care professional.
Pests are active
There are many types of pests that appear to be more active in the spring and summer than other times of the year. A number of pests that can cause damage to your lawn are active during the summer. Some pests destroy the roots of your grass and kill it from the bottom up. Other pests feed off of the blades of grass causing damage from the top down. You need to have a plan this summer to help you protect your lawn from destructive pests. A lawn care professional can help you develop an effective plan for pest prevention. This will likely include regularly scheduled lawn care services. You can also apply pest control chemicals to your yard on your own. Be sure and take the time to learn about what you should use and how to apply it properly. Getting those two factors right will hopefully keep you from needing to reapply due to user error.
Weather extremes can threaten your lawn
In California, summer can bring extreme heat and drought conditions. These extremes can impact the health of your lawn. Make a plan now to protect it as much as possible from these variables. The most important step you can take is to focus on the health of your yard before those extremes kick in. If your yard is healthy it will be more resilient to the high heat and low water. Aeration, fertilization, pest control, and disease control will all help protect your yard from potentially extreme weather in the summer.
A thoughtful plan for lawn care now will maximize the chances that you have a healthy lawn through the summer and into the fall. If you have the time and willingness to learn you can handle many elements of a good lawn care plan on your own. If your priority is to maximize your chances of success without dedicating a ton of time then professional help is the best option. If you are unsure which option is right for you then simply set up a time to talk with your local lawn care professional.