If your that home owner that aspires to be the envy of the neighborhood with a beautiful lush green lawn through out the summer months, it is time to get busy! Spring is the time we prepare lawns for the hot months ahead and create lush green lawns for all to admire.
Grass helps keep the earth cool. It’s mother nature’s way of protecting herself against the heat of summer months. It keeps important ground dwelling creatures safe below the roots and here on the west coast where grass grows abundantly it’s important that we continue to care for our lawns.
A little further south in California a monetary incentive was offered to remove grass and lawn from yards to reduce water usage. The problem that has arisen from this initiative is that the removal of lawn has actually increased the temperature of the ground and is having a negative effect on the environment. Large trees that relied on that lawn cover to cool it’s roots have suffered and rocks, gravel and decking that has replaced lawns assist in holding heat and also increases the temperatures and alter the eco system.
So even though we often have water restrictions during the high summer months it is important to keep some turf in our yard. If not for the environment, then just simply for a nice place to stretch out on a hot summer day and cool off under a west coast tree.
There are somethings we can do to ensure our lawns are prepared for those hot summer months. Prepping our lawns before hand will help with water absorption, nutrient intake and more giving our lawn the best defense against heat waves.
We tend to over water our lawns, and even during restrictions a properly prepared lawn can continue to thrive if the reduced water is able to reach the roots and be observed along with much needed nutrients.
So the first thing we do in the spring is aerate a lawn to ensure that those roots systems are not impacted and air, water and important nutrients are able to reach the source. You can water a compacted lawn all day long, but if the water can’t reach it’s source it will still not thrive. So breaking up those roots systems and allowing for water to be absorbed is our first step.
Another very important step is de-thatching. Thatch is the light brown layer that builds up between the soil and the green grass. It’s made up of living, dead and decaying organic matter; compressed roots, stems and runners. But when the organic matter between the green grass and the soil builds up faster than it decays, thatch becomes a problem. Making it harder for grass roots to take hold in the soil. Excessive thatch could also become a breeding ground for pests and disease.
Feeding & Seeding
After making sure those roots are ready to absorb water and nutrients it’s time to feed and seed that lawn. With an abundance of products on the market we find the right product for your lawn taking in to consideration it’s placement in proximity to high summer heat, it’s current condition and any nutritional unbalance we observe. After de-thatching we may need to create a cover of topsoil and at that time a good seed cover is a great idea to promote new growth.
A healthy prepared lawn in the spring often requires little maintenance in the summer. With maximum absorption to the roots those water restrictions will have less of an effect and you can be sure that your lawn is absorbing what it needs to continue to thrive and is your best defense against weeds and unwanted plant growth. With a strong root system in place invasive weeds don’t have a chance. Be the envy of your neighborhood with a healthy lawn to be proud of.
Spring Lawn packages starting at $125.