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This is a good time of year to consider renovating your lawn. Dethatching, aeration and reseeding can add many years of life to your lawn.
Aeration opens up the soil and stimulates root growth, especially when followed by a balanced fertilization. Core aeration also relieves soil compaction in older lawns and high traffic areas. Multiple aerations (2 to 3 or more per year) can greatly benefit high use lawns and help ease compaction.
Spring is also the right time to increase the mowing height of your lawn. Delta Bluegrass Company suggests the following:
Additional watering is necessary when temperatures exceed 90 degrees!
Slow release nitrogen fertilizers should be the preferred choice during the summer season. These fertilizers release nutrients over a longer period of time and maintain a steady growth rate. They are usually non-burning and cause less stress to your summer turf.
These fertilizers do not produce "growth flushes" like the traditional fertilizers that contain quick release forms of nitrogen.
Deep irrigations are recommended during the heat of the summer. Remember, the deeper the soak, the deeper the roots.
For best results irrigate between 12 am (midnight) and 5 am in the morning.
Mowing height in the summer should be raised to reduce added stress to the turf. With a deep root system, your drought tolerance will increase.
Blue/Rye High of 2 inches and Low of 1 inch
Tall Fescue High of 3inches and Low of 2 inches
Dwarf Fescue High of 3 inches and Low of 1 ½ inches
Mow regularly and never cut off more than 1/3 of the blade length for best results.
Keep mower blades well sharpened for the best cut and great looking turf.
Use a product designed specifically for the Fall season (winterizing fertilizer). Consult your local nursery for recommendations.
Reset your irrigation clock according to the weather in your area. Decreasing your watering schedule is necessary as the temperatures cool and the rain begins to fall.
Be sure to rake any leaves and debris that are covering your lawn on a regular basis. The additional debris may cause mold and disease if left unmaintained.
The winter season does not require much maintenance.
Consult your local nursery for a winterizing fertilizer. Your fall application of fertilizer should maintain your lawn through the winter months.
Adjust your irrigation according to weather conditions; you can turn off your irrigation when the rainy season begins.
For new installations in the winter, roots will take approximately 14 days to establish due to the cooler weather.
Adjust your mowing height to approximately 3 inches; this will maximize blade exposure to any available sunlight.