Aretha Franklin and Rodney Dangerfield were asking for a little RESPECT. That’s what your lawn needs to be happy and healthy. You will also be happy to know that a great looking lawn and home landscape can add 10%+ more value to your home.
Studies show that visual improvements to your home both inside and out pay back dividends. A great looking green lawn stands out in the crowd. I just visited my friend Paul’s new house in Delaware and even though the season is early, his lawn looks much better compared to his neighbors. Why? Because he fed his lawn with Winter Survival last fall. The lawn was only installed last spring and it looks great. How can it be so much better than his neighbors? Many of his neighbor’s lawns are light green and look “choppy.” By choppy I mean, the grass height of growth is all over the board and very inconsistent in color, but Paul’s lawn, having been maintained properly with feeding, mowing and watering looks great. All it takes is a little respect.
It is early spring, time to plan to see if you are going to do anything different to improve your lawn this year. What grade did you give your lawn last year, an A, C or D-, did you show it any respect? I’m sure when you drive around your neighborhood you notice certain lawns that look significantly better than others, why is that so? Usually in life when you put something in, you get something back in return, the same goes for your lawn. If you only fed your lawn 1-2 times last year and your neighbor fed theirs 3-4 times, their lawn will win “the best lawn in town” contest.
Did you ever take a shovel to your soil and observe it? First of all, can you even get the shovel into the ground or is it so compacted you cannot dig more than 3-4” deep? If your soil is that compacted, how can you expect little grass plants and roots to establish themselves and survive? Is this an area where drainage is a problem and water sits and compacts the soil? Perhaps you need to aerate and add Love Your Soil to “loosen” your soil? If you have an abundance of earthworms, they are an indication of healthy soil. Does your soil seem moist and able to hold water or a dusty, sand composition that will retain little if any water? Perhaps you need a dose of Organic Lawn Food in your lawn program to build a better growing environment for your lawn.
If you have bare spots, of course you should re-seed them with superior quality grass seed. If you do not sow seed in these bare areas, they will fill in with crabgrass and other weeds that already exist in the soil. The best way to grow a great lawn is to have wonderful soil and quality grass seed. Once you have these 2 keys ingredients, you need to feed the grass during the growing season from early spring through late fall. Lawn grasses hibernate in the winter like bears, but, like bears, your lawn likes to be woken up with a spring feeding. Some lawns green-up earlier than others in spring because they were fed in late fall the prior year. This should be a regular practice in your fall lawn care program.
Remember, it’s early in the year and you have plenty of time to get a great lawn this year. Be sure to feed your lawn twice this spring before rough summer weather approaches. Be proud of your lawn, show it a little respect this year and you will be rewarded. Maybe a few cars will slow down or stop to look at your great looking lawn. Good luck and enjoy your lawn!