Lawn Care & Maintenance
Maintaining a perfect lawn
Having a vibrant green lawn doesn’t just happen overnight. It requires a level of care and devotion and a regimented schedule of regular watering, fertilization, mowing, and repelling weeds and insects. Many people are faced with the difficult question of whether it’s impossible to have that perfect lawn and spend time actually enjoying your weekend. The good news is, you can have both with a little help from us.
Fertilize, Water, Repeat
When it comes to keeping your lawn happy and healthy – watering and fertilizing are the single most important thing you’ll need to do to get it right. As a baseline, you will need to fertilize a couple of times in early spring, and once again in the fall before the first snowfall. To get incredible long-lasting results we recommend fertilizing every six to eight weeks.
When it comes to watering, most lawns will need one inch of water every week, however this depends greatly on the weather and temperatures you’re experiencing. If it’s a particularly dry season, you’ll want to water your lawn at least two to three times a week and make sure to give it a good soak to reach deep beneath the surface. At Yard Smart, we offer flexible scheduling to ensure your lawn never goes thirsty!
Get rid of weeds for good
The great news is that if you’re regularly watering and fertilizing your lawn it will drastically decrease the likelihood of dealing with the pesky problems that come along with weeds and insects. If your weeds persist, we recommend an initial application of treatment in the spring, and then on an as-needed basis applying spot treatments for difficult areas. We offer pre-emergent weed control and post-emergent weed control depending on your situation and needs.
Say goodbye to insects
We first want to start by saying that not all insects cause problems for your yard. In fact, some insects like worms, ladybugs, bees, and butterflies will actually help boost the health of your lawn and garden. If you’re dealing with grubs or crabgrass, those are problems that will sneak up on you as a property owner. If you’re faced with insect problems, we have the prevention and treatment methods to get rid of invaders without losing your lawn.
Everything about lawn maintenance
Do I need a schedule for lawn care?
Having a set schedule helps you stay on top of which tasks need to be done, and on which date. Although there is always room for some flexibility, having a routine for your lawn maintenance will be key to keeping your lawn healthy with lasting results. We recommend that you fertilize, water, mow and remove weeds on a weekly basis. This can become time-consuming and often requires lawn maintenance support from trained professionals – like us!
What do I need to buy for lawn care?
When it comes to owning the right lawn care equipment to do it yourself, the list becomes very long and the bills start to rack up. As a home owner, you should ask yourself if you’re willing to invest in having all of the necessary tools and products to properly care for your lawn. If you’re looking to start, we recommend starting with a hose, lawn mower, soil and leaf rake, spade shovel, a hoe, and some quality fertilizer.
Is it better to water my lawn in the morning or at night?
The time of day that you water your lawn does have an impact on its health. We always recommend watering first thing in the morning because it keeps the soil cool throughout the day. As best you can, try to avoid watering in the late afternoon/early evening before the sun begins to go down. If you water your lawn too late the blades of grass stay wet and it can encourage fungus growth overnight when the air is damp and cool.
How do I prevent lawn disease?
The best thing you can do to maintain the health of your lawn is to give it the right nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy. As previously mentioned, you will need to fertilize a couple of times in early spring, and once again in the fall before the first snowfall at the bare minimum. The two other important factors are to water between 6 AM and 10 AM, and to avoid cutting the grass too short. We suggest cutting your grass no more than ⅓ of the original height to prevent potential damage or disease.