In the north, it’s nearly impossible to keep a green lawn. Even when can maintain a green lawn, it is likely covered with snow. However, in the southern states, if you take the right steps and apply some tender loving care, plus a little fertilizer, you will have a lush green carpet of grass.
For many homeowners, having a beautiful green lawn is a point of pride. Winter does not have to be an excuse to let it hibernate. Use these lawn care tips and tricks to maintain your luxurious lawn throughout the winter.
Could the Secret Be Cool-Weather Fescue Grass?
Next time you are in your favorite lawn care shop or hardware store in smaller communities look for grass seed that is labeled fescue. This temperate grass works well in cool climates or scorching hot. Fescue, long-valued as an adaptable shade-tolerant grass suitable for a wide variety of environments. Its flexibility makes it tolerant of cold, shade, heat, and drought.
When you want a grass that provides outstanding resilience to any weather, sprinkle fescue seed liberally across your lawn. Make sure to use the turf-type, a modern variety of this normally long grass.
Over the years, it has been cultivated to produce a darker green that is more tolerant of the cold. This resourceful grass will flourish in any weather and depending on the goals for your lawn; it could be an exceptional choice to mingle into your lawn maintenance efforts.
Fescue has better resistance to heat than most “cool-weather” grass. That’s what makes it a better option in southern states with hot summers. Plus, it will establish itself much more quickly than other grasses, and its root can extend downward two to three feet, which helps it adapt to any climate.
Always use a spreader to add fertilizer to your lawn, as too much fertilizer will burn your grass. When you’re trying to cultivate a lush green lawn, you won’t want your fertilizer turning it yellow. By applying the recommended amount, your lawn will grow and prosper even through the winter.
Which type of fertilizer you use is your choice, there are some very good fertilizers, and you should use the one that works best for your lawn and your area. However, a 20-5-10 mixture is suitable for spring. The more you water a lawn, the faster it will grow.
Spring is the best time to fertilize. You will want to wait until the soil warms to at least 55°F or 13°C. An easy method to gauge soil temperature is when the lilacs bloom. If the lilacs are in bloom, it’s safe to fertilize your lawn.
The faster your lawn grows, the more nourishment it will need. Do you see how that cycle works? Therefore, if you have an automatic sprinkler system, you will likely need to fertilize after six weeks. If not, you can put it off another two weeks. In the summer heat, make sure to read your fertilizer instructions. Some require water to dissolve while others will burn your grass when water gets added too soon.
Never fill your fertilizer spreader on the lawn, those spilled granules will also burn the grass. Then, you will need to dig it up and reseed.
Lawn care is more than just turning the sprinklers on and off, particularly in the winter months. Aeration is a crucial part of keeping your lawn lush. Renting an aerator can make this task easier for large lawns.
Doing these five things will keep your lawn looking lush and green all year:
1. Pull the weeds, including the roots. Weeds will joke off your lawn’s growth.
2. Overseed to fill in any patches.
3. Improve drainage wherever possible.
4. Avoid mowing wet grass and only cut to three inches.
5. Add top dressing to prevent dehydration and allow new seeds to get established.
Follow these tips and tricks to get the greenest lawn possible even though the winter. Author Bio : Sarah works for Yourgreenpal and she loves writing for gardens and lawn care blogs.