It’s December, what could your lawn need from you now anyways? Not much, consider this a gift from us for the holidays! We hope you all are very proud of your lawn. Perhaps you don’t have the best lawn in town, but we hope can you give yourself a grade of at least a B? We heard some groans. Have you been bad to your lawn? You’re not going to get any gifts this year!
Let’s look back at what you might have done differently this past year and how we can improve for next year. Why are you not happy with your lawn? Do you have too many bare spots? This is an indication of using poor quality grass seed and also problems with the soil. Perhaps it is compacted or has a low soil pH value. Have you considered renting an aerator to relieve compaction? An application of Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil will help loosen heavy, compacted soil making it loose and porous. How long have you lived at your house and you still have not taken a soil test? If the soil quality is poor, are you still going to try to grow a lawn there or add some topsoil or Mag-I-Cal Calcium Fertilizer to improve the soil? Have you tried using organic products to help build up the soil quality and stimulate microbial action? We just heard one homeowner bought 3,000 worms online and spread them all over their lawn – we assume by hand and not with a spreader! That is one way to improve your soil, but applications of Mag-I-Cal and Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil will help this problem if you are scared of handling earthworms.
Is the area you are trying to grow a lawn too shaded or suffering from a lack of water? It was very dry this fall for a number of months and many lawns have had a tough time. All grass needs some level of sunlight to survive. Will you consider trimming some tree branches or removing trees this winter? Do you need to invest in an irrigation system? Most lawns are not irrigated at all and do very well once you establish a healthy environment to grow grass.
Are you using the wrong grass seed mixture for the area you are having trouble growing grass? We hope not. Most grass seed mixtures are formulated to survive best based on the name given like Full Sun or Dense Shade. In hot-dry sunny areas Tall Fescue holds up very well. Perennial Ryegrass gives you quick cover to control erosion and establish a new lawn fast. Perennial Ryegrass can sometimes germinate in early spring when the weather is cold. Kentucky Bluegrass has the uncanny ability to spread and filing bare spots over time due to their root systems. Fine Fescues such as Creeping, Chewings or Hard Fescue work very well in shaded areas. A combination of these grasses actually gives nice diversity to many areas of your lawn. Consider using our Black Beauty orBlack Beauty Ultra grass seed mixtures to achieve the quality lawn you desire.
We know you want to watch football at this time of the year, but what about all of the leaves covering your lawn? Please rake them up to avoid snow mold problems on your grass. Did you wash out your spreader well and lubricate the moving parts? What about your mower? Did you put it away without draining the oil or perhaps getting the blade sharpened for next year? Remember in New Jersey the law states you cannot apply fertilizer to your lawn between November 15th to March 1st. These blackout dates are enforced in many states thanks to new fertilizer laws. Be sure to check your local government websites for more information.
We hope that these troubleshooting tips will help you understand what may have happened this year to your lawn. Now you have the knowledge for next spring to grow the best lawn in town. Have a very happy holiday season, best wishes to you all of you and have a Happy New Year!