Lawns are living, growing areas that need attention throughout the year. When the lawn is snow covered in Pennsylvania, you likely think there’s not much to do with your lawn. Mostly that’s the case, but it’s still important to have a lawn fertilization plan that addresses the lawn from early spring through the fall.
For the best results, it’s important to work with a professional lawncare company that can provide specific guidance for what your lawn needs. That’s going to differ from one space to the next due to the type of grass, quality of the soil, damage, and much more.
Knowing When to Fertilize Throughout the Year
A customized lawn fertilization plan for your space is the best first step. Work with a professional organization that can give you guidance on how to ensure your grass gets what it needs. Here are some guidelines that can typically be followed.
- Early Spring: Fertilizing doesn’t start in the early spring because it’s important to allow the grass to “wake up” from the winter months. That happens once the ground reaches about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Prior to this, clean up the lawn of any debris and leaves from the winter months.
- Fertilize During Growth: Fertilize the grass when it is most active. This growth period is when grass needs as much nutrient access as possible to grow. Fast-release fertilizers typically show improvement faster but aren’t the best for long-term lawn care. Organic fertilizers take longer to green-up the grass but are better long term.
- Pre–emergents: Spring and early summer are also the times to apply pre-emergent herbicide to the grass. This pre-emergent helps to keep crabgrass from coming in.
- Grub Treatment: Throughout the summer months, focus on grub treatment as needed. Grub treatment helps minimize damage to the lawn, often leaving dead grass patches. Treat when you notice them.
- Weed Control: You’ll also need to control weeds throughout the growth period. Choose selective herbicides based on the type of weeds present whenever possible.
- Fall Fertilizing: The fall months also require fertilization to help encourage strong root growth. This fertilization allows the grass to build up nutrient reserves as it moves into the dormant phase.
Hire Professional Lawn Care Services to Manage It for You
There’s no doubt that a fertilization plan is critical to ensuring the health and long-term success of the lawn. You don’t have to guess what to put down, when, or how, when you use a professional lawn care service to manage the process for you.
At Greenskeeper, we work with you to ensure your lawn receives the proper nutrients it needs throughout the year. Let’s talk about how to improve the way your lawn looks. With over 50 years of experience, we’re confident our service programs can meet your expectations.
To know more about our year-round lawn fertilization plans and maintenance, call GREENSKEEPER at (215) 938-8440. You can also contact us using our online form and get a free no-obligation quote today.