Nothing feels better than stepping onto a freshly mowed and beautiful lawn. In Colorado Springs, achieving that soft and perfected yard can be a struggle if you don’t do your due diligence throughout the year to ensure it’s lasting beauty. In this article, we want to share our favorite tips and tricks on how to maintain your yard year-round. We hope this advice will ultimately save you time and money on lawn care.
Before you get going on getting your lawn ready for the spring and summer, we suggest doing the following:
If you want clean cuts and a hassle-free mowing experience all summer, this is something that should be at the top of your list. Dull mower blades will rip and tear your grass which will leave rough, jagged edges. These edges will begin to discolor and could invite diseases into your lawn that can be a pain to get rid of.
Replacing inexpensive parts like a spark plug or air filter will ensure that your mower is in tip top shape. We recommend doing this every year to save on bigger maintenance costs that could arise because of old parts. It’s a simple job to change these out, and you will notice your mower running smoother once it’s done.
When you use a mower that has gas left in it throughout the winter, your putting your small engine at risk. Gas that has been sitting for a long time can gather moisture that causes some serious issues. This is especially true for fuel containing ethanol. We recommend using regular grades of gasoline in your mowers. If you need to dump old gasoline, as your city or county for local disposal sites that take old fuel. Don’t dump fuel just anywhere!
Spring is one of the most crucial times of year to get to work on your lawn. In Colorado Springs, your grass is probably starting to show some growth in early spring, so it’s important to be ready for that first cut with the recommendations outlined above. Remember, you never want to cut your lawn when the grass is wet. Always cut a dry lawn. This will prevent lawn diseases and a clogged mower.
We recommend fertilizing every six weeks. Start in March for the first application to get things started, and apply pre-emergent weed control at the same time. Fertilize every six weeks after that, ending in October with the last fall application. The fall application is important because cool weather grasses go dormant over the winter months and store energy in their roots for use in the spring.
For the best results, closely follow the application directions on the product you select for this process. You should plan to spend about $50 to $75 per application for an average 1/4-acre lot.
In Colorado, aerating is very important! What is it? The process of aerating punches small holes in your lawn so water, fertilizers, and oxygen reach grass roots. Aeration is a beneficial way to keep your lawn healthy. It helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the new root zone of your lawn. It is always best to pick a day to aerate when the soil is damp, but not soaked, so the aeration machine can work efficiently.
Springtime is the best time to treat your lawn with a pre-emergent herbicide. Using a pre-emergent herbicide is the most effective way to control weeds in your lawn. Have no worries, these types of herbicides pose no danger to your desirable plants. They simply kill the weeds in your lawn permanently which leads to less manual labor on your part to keep your lawn weed-free.
Pre-emergent herbicides work by soaking into the mulch/soil when properly watered. They create an invisible barrier in the soil which stops weeds from germinating. Another benefit is that they also kill newly germinated seeds that have not grown into an actual weed yet.
Here is a good mantra to guide you through the heart of grass-mowing season: The taller the grass, the
deeper the roots, the fewer the weeds, and the more moisture the soil holds between watering. With
that in mind, here’s how to ensure a healthy, green lawn:
Lawns that receive less than that will likely go dormant. The grass in a dormant lawn is still alive and should still receive at least 1 inch of water per month. Your grass will green up again when the weather brings regular rains.
Fall is the best time of year to patch any bare sports. Cooler temperatures help in this process so take advantage! To ensure a good patch, follow these steps:
Throughout the rest of the fall, the most important maintenance for your lawn is to keep it free of leaves and other debris. Feel free to compost your leaves and twigs for your lawn, but always remove any big clumps that can cause your grass to die. Here in Colorado, we recommend giving your lawn another round of fertilizer in the fall. Your grass will store nutrients in its roots as it goes dormant over the winter months. This will give you a nice jump start in the spring when the ground begins to heat up again.
Maintaining your lawn throughout the year can seem like a daunting task to some. That’s where The Lawnsmith can step in to eliminate the work for you and your family. It’s never too late to give Keith a call at (719) 499-8873 to get your lawn on the right track! We can help you keep your yard looking great year-round with our Colorado Springs residential lawn care services.
With over 30 years in business, you can trust us to take care of your grounds maintenance, commercial lawn maintenance, landscaping, parking lot sweeping, and snow plowing in Colorado Springs. We have an A Plus rating with the Better Business Bureau of Colorado Springs. The quality of our work and the reliability of our crews are the primary goals that we have. You can be sure that we will offer you the very best value that you can find in Colorado Springs for all or your landscaping and grounds maintenance needs.
The Lawnsmith, Inc.
601 S Wahsatch Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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