Many Oklahomans work hard year-round to achieve a lush green lawn in the warmer months. Seasonal lawn care and maintenance requirements change as temperatures rise and fall, so it can be overwhelming to keep track of everything that needs to be done for your lawn throughout the year. The secret to great lawn care is strategy and knowing when to treat it appropriately for weeds and pests.
We have broken down the top five steps you can add to your lawn strategy this year to get the healthy lawn you’ve always wanted.
It seems self- explanatory that grass needs water, but the key here is to water on a regular basis all year long. Many people forget about their lawn in the winter months or don’t think they need to water their dormant grass. However, both cool-season and warm-season grasses need supplemental watering during cold, dry periods to keep them properly hydrated.
How often you water will vary based on where you live, the weather, and what type of soil you have. A general rule of thumb is to provide lawns with 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week in warmer months and at least one half-inch of water during dry winter periods. A good way to check if your lawn is evenly watered is to try, “the coffee can method.” Place two or three empty cans in each watering zone prior to watering. Check the cans after the watering cycle has completed and adjust the watering timing as needed.
Watering tip: During the summer, it’s best to water in the morning. During the winter, make sure you water before temperatures fall below 40. degrees.
Pests can wreak havoc on your lawn. By planning ahead and treating for specific seasonal pests, you can be ahead of the game in controlling pests in your yard.
Spring and summer are when many common pest problems arise. During this time, it’s best to start treatments for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites in March. Sod webworms, often called lawn moths, live in the soil under your turf and can cause brown patches.
You’ll also want to look for grubs around your trees and plants in both spring and late summer. Grubs typically damage lawns by feeding on grass roots. They develop into beetles, which can damage foliage and flowers as they feed.
Pest control is essential to help your yard thrive. Acenitec’s Pest Prevention Programs will keep most homes and businesses free of pest problems year-round.
Oklahoma has unpredictable weather patterns and fast temperature changes. These can deplete your lawn of essential nutrients it needs to thrive. Over time, many lawns will leek nutrients out of their soil. It’s important to use a fertilizer program that provides a slow-release fertilizer to give your lawn a more uniform growing environment.
Before weeds become a major problem, maintain a continuous year-round barrier. This can include several treatments throughout the year to treat different seasonal weeds. We recommend starting our Six-Step Lawn Care Program during the fall to control weeds and get your lawn ready for the winter months ahead. Also, keep this program in mind in January through early March for your spring lawn.
If you aren’t sure which weeds are disturbing your yard, start out by determining if they are grassy or broadleaf weeds. Grassy weeds are plants that can resemble turfgrass, but vary in size from traditional blades of grass. Broadleaf weeds are easily identified and stand out from surrounding turfgrass due to their larger, broader leaves and net-like veins. Dandelions, henbit, chickweed, and clovers are typical broadleaf weeds.
Lawn aeration loosens the soil beneath the surface of your lawn and creates channels for air, gases, and nutrients to penetrate to the roots. Core aeration experts use a machine with hollow tines to remove actual plugs, or cores, of soil. This creates holes a half-inch in diameter at set intervals throughout your yard.
Oklahoma soil varies, and for some areas like central Oklahoma, you may find your soil is fine-textured clay. Clay soil easily compacts which prevents needed oxygen and gas exchange in plant roots. Our lawn aeration service relieves the pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen, water, and nutrients penetrate throughout the root zone.
If you have warm-season turf such as Bermuda or Zoysia grass, springtime is a great time to do core aeration treatments. For cool-season turf such as Fescue and Perennial Rye, aeration is often done in the fall along with over-seeding.
For those problem lawns that seem to never thrive, poor soil may be the problem. Soil Maximizer adds soil microbes and elements not found in most fertilizers. Soil-Maximizer is an alternative to core aeration that can increase turf rooting, improve resistance to disease and pests, and reduce the amount of water grass needs to survive in the summer.
Soil-Maximizer is our organic lawn care method that combines the benefits of liquid aeration with thatch reduction, resulting in a beautiful, healthy yard. The Soil-Maximizer’s natural plant extracts provide beneficial bacteria, that commercial fertilizers leave off, to ensure a healthy food source for your lawn throughout the year.
Regular Mowing and Clearing
In spring and summer months, weekly mowing is essential to prevent overgrowth and keep your lawn well-maintained. If your grass gets overgrown, your lawn is much more susceptible to lawn diseases and outdoor pests that can damage your lawn.
In the warmer months, it’s also important to not cut your grass too short. For warm-season grass like Bermuda, you’ll want to leave some length to protect the grass and soil from extreme heat, about 3/4 inches for hybrid grass and about 2 ½ inches for others. An optimal height for a cool-season grass generally is 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches.
Throughout the year, you’ll want to keep your lawn clear of debris, limbs, pine needles, and leaves. Not only does this help keep your yard looking clean, but it also prevents tree and lawn diseases. By raking your leaves regularly, especially underneath trees and plants, you can ensure your lawn can breathe, preventing fungal growth and dead spots.
Our five recommended essential steps to a beautiful lawn are making sure your lawn is properly watered, free of pests, fertilized, has a healthy soil, and is cut and cleared. By adding these steps to your lawn care routine, you’ll be able to proactively maintain and care for your lawn.
Our Six-Step Year-Round Lawn Care Program and other services, provides you with these essentials for a green, thriving lawn and more. Speak with one of our lawn experts to determine what type of treatment is right for your property.