Curb appeal is very important to your home’s value and the image you project. A nicely landscaped yard can add 15% or more value to your home. A nice lawn, landscaped beds, a deck, patio and pool in the back yard with a built in grill is very enticing, what’s for dinner?
Your lawn is probably the easiest thing to improve even though you may not think so since it usually covers a large part of your property. It certainly is less expensive to upgrade your lawn than a complete backyard overhaul. A typical lawn care program for a 5,000 square foot lawn can cost under $100 for four applications. If you needed to buy some grass seed and perhaps rent some equipment to plant it, you might be looking at another $175-200, certainly less than installing pavers. You can share equipment rental costs with a few neighbors who have the same idea of fixing up their lawns.
The conversation may go like this… “Hey neighbor, its early spring and your lawn is way greener than mine and I did not see you apply any fertilizer yet this year?” “Joe, here’s a little secret, I fed my lawn twice last fall with Green-Up for Seeding and Sodding when I overseed and the last time in October with Winter Survival so the roots stored some food and greened up my lawn once the weather started to warm up.”
“I noticed you also have fewer weeds than I do, what’s that secret?” “Timing Joe, timing, you can’t put your pre-emergent Green-Up with Crabgrass Preventer down too early. Remember, it sometimes cool and wet in spring and it takes time for the lawn to start growing and come out of its yellow-green winter dormancy stage. I like to apply it later in April not March; this extends my crabgrass control window. Joe, you have to put the Green-Up with Crabgrass Preventer down first and the broadleaf weed controls for dandelion in late spring.” “You mean Green-Up Weed & Feed?” “Yes, Green-Up Weed & Feed for control of dandelions while pre-emergent controls do not control dandelions.”
“Joe, I also noticed you have stripes in your lawn, I think your spreader is improperly calibrated or getting old and tired, how old is your spreader?” “ten years,” “Ten years, yes, it’s time for a new spreader! Did you take a soil sample and get a test for pH?” “Huh, what’s pH?” “Joe, remember in 8th grade science class, almost everything has some sort of pH value, our hair, skin, water and yes, the soil too. If you do not have the proper soil pH between 6.2-7.0, your lawn will not grow thick and green.” Apply soil foods Mag-I-Cal or Mag-I-Cal Plus to adjust soil pH.
Lastly, stop buying that poor quality grass seed, your lawn quality can only be as good as the seed you sow. Use Black Beauty grass seed, not one full of gimmicks, coatings and weeds listed that you have never heard of, these weeds are hard to control once you get then in your lawn. Our grass seed has little or no amount of crop seed or weed seed and high germination rates above 85% on the label. Be sure to use the right seed for the areas you have, sun or shade or both.
“I have moss and weeds and standing water and dog spots, what do I do?” “Joe, don’t cry, I’ll help you out and tell you what to do, you just need to do the work. Hey look, there are 3 more neighbors coming over now to learn how I have the best lawn in town!”