Lawn Care Tips
- Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer. (This is optional if you fertilized in the fall or winter).
- Aerate the lawn to treat compacted soil.
- Mulch with organic matter, if necessary.
- Sharpen your mower blades at the start of the season.
- Learn the signs of bug infestation, and head them off before they get settled in.
- Water your lawn weekly if rain is scarce or your soil is poor. Otherwise, water only when rainfall is delayed more than 10 days.
- Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them.
- Sharpen your mower blade again halfway through the season.
- Water trees and shrubs thoroughly mulched before the first frost.
- But don't over water! Plants and shrubs should be expected to look a little brown in September and October.
- Mulch with organic material, or mow a layer of fallen leaves into the lawn.
- Fertilize your lawn around Thanksgiving to promote strong root growth during winter.
- Cut the grass a bit shorter just before winter to prevent its matting under snow.
- Put burlap windscreens around less hardy plants if they're in exposed areas.
- Use a broom to brush snow away from evergreen trees gently, to keep the weight from breaking the limbs.
- If ice or snow does break tree limbs, have the limbs removed as soon as weather permits – damaged trees are prone to disease.
- Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you're shoveling snow.
- Avoid walking on frosted or snow-covered lawns.
- Use only non-salt de-ices for sidewalks and driveways, so the runoff doesn't harm plants.
- Salt will damage grass, perennials, and shrubs, and will keep the plants from absorbing much-needed water.
- Check any perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots popping out of the ground. If they have, gently push them back into place, and add mulch.