If you live in the Northeastern United States, you know how your lawn struggles with the changing seasons, especially harsh winters. Most grasses growing in this part of the country are cool season turf grasses that grow quickly in the spring and fall. During hot summer days, grass growth slows down. When deciding on your lawn care schedule, make sure it supports the seasonal growth cycle of your grass.
About Seasonal Lawn Growth
As your grass becomes active in the spring, it has long roots overflowing with nutrients absorbed in the fall. The shoots use these nutrients for rapid growth. As spring days turn into steamy, summer days, root and grass growth slows down. When fall arrives, the roots grow deeper into the soil, getting ready for winter.
Lawn Maintenance Schedule during Grass Growth Stages
The following lawn care activities should be part of your grass maintenance schedule. Always consider your lawn’s growth stages because applying lawn care products at the wrong time can damage your grass.
Spring – Begin applying grass seed in the spring for new lawns or for repairing bald patches. Be sure to select high-quality seeds appropriate for your climate. An example is Scotts lawn care products, which encourage vigorous lawn growth with superb cool weather seed cultivars. Be wary of discount grass seed that doesn’t say what seed varieties are in the mix. You could end up spreading weeds into your soil.
If you have an established lawn, apply fertilizer and crabgrass control in the spring. Fertilizing your lawn is the easiest way to a plush, green lawn. This is also the time to begin mowing, keeping the grass from 1.5 to 3.5 inches tall.
Summer – During the summer, apply insect and grub control to prevent infestations that can damage your lawn. Also, continue mowing your lawn, when needed. You might notice yellow patches from sun scorch but don’t worry, the roots are still alive and need water. The best time to water is in the early morning or in the evening when it’s cooler.
Fall – Fertilize your lawn again in the fall and apply more grass seed in any patchy areas. The fall is also the time for aerating and dethatching if your lawn needs it. Continue watering and mowing your lawn until grass growth slows down for the winter.
Early winter – In the late fall or early winter, consider using a quality broadleaf weed control, winter guard and turf builder, such as Scott’s lawn products. These all-in-one solutions are an easy way to prepare your grass for winter stress.
Maintain seasonal lawn maintenance for your cool weather grass, and you’ll enjoy a luxurious, dense, pest-free lawn. You can begin your lawn care program during any season and then just continue it every year for a healthy green lawn.