Certain grass types are native to specific regions and do some of their best work under the hot Southern sun. Warm season grasses such as zoysia grass, Bermuda grass, and St. Augustine grass will grow best in temperatures ranging from 75 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Their growth rates are also at their highest during the summer season. This type of weather is common in Atlanta where summer temperatures reach an average of 90 degrees. In this instalment of our lawn care blog, we are going to give you some tips on how to take care of your yard in each different season.
The spring is when warm season grasses will slowly start to turn green again after becoming dormant during the winter. A nitrogen fertilizer can be used on most established lawns, but it is best to test your soil first before you decide to go with this option. Letting your lawn go through a soil test will help reveal any nutritional deficiencies that might be present.
Check the bag of the fertilizer you plan on using as it should have some instructions on how much you should use for your lawn. You should avoid spreading too much fertilizer in one area all at once. The smart thing to do would be to spread it on a lower spread setting. If you do things right, you should still have enough fertilizer in your bag even when you’re halfway through.
There’s still some debate as to whether or not you should bag the clippings after mowing your lawn. If you bag your clippings you’ll be able to reduce the build-up of thatch on your lawn during the warmer months. Note that if you mow your lawn weekly and cutting grass at the recommended height, then your clippings shouldn’t be too abundant to the point that they start producing a layer of thatch.
You can recycle the clippings back to your lawn where they will act as a natural fertilizer that will help maintain the health of your grass. However, you should only do this if you mow your lawn regularly and are cutting 1/3 of the grass blade, which is the recommended height. You should also sharpen your mower blades regularly as this helps put less stress on the grass and keeps fungus from damaging it as well.
Summer Lawn Care
The temperature in Atlanta will begin to rise right around late spring, and this is the perfect time to have your lawn aerated. Doing so will promote better and healthier growth for your grass right before it reaches its highest growth rates. As temperatures in Atlanta begin to reach 90 degrees during the summer, you should always water your grass early in the morning, preferably before 10 am because the heat and humidity can quickly evaporate the water.
Grubs are a nuisance that you should keep a lookout for because these things have become a huge problem in the Southern states. They’ll do most of their damage during the fall because this is when the grubs will begin eating at your grass roots. The best time to deal with them is July because this is when beetles lay their eggs. You can use chemical grub control to exterminate them, or hire an exterminator if you feel your grub problem is out of control.
Temperatures in Atlanta will begin to cool down during the fall and with it comes the challenge of keeping dead leaves away from your lawn. Your lawn will be covered with plenty of dead leaves during the fall, so you should act quickly if you want to keep your lawn from getting suffocated by them. Having a thick layer of fallen leaves on your lawn will prevent the grass from getting the required amount of sunlight, water and nutrients that they need to remain healthy and green.
Winter Has Come
So you’ve finally made it to winter with your lawn still healthy. This is when you can just sit back for a bit and cut down on the frequency in which you mow and water your lawn because this is when it enters its dormancy period. The grass will stop growing around this time, but you should still see to it to take care of your yard every now and then during winter.
Make sure that you’ve recalibrated your sprinkler’s settings because it can be pretty easy for your lawn to become over-watered if your sprinklers are still set for the summer season. Be sure to remove any morning frost on your grass if you spot any because it can damage your lawn. Grass will be weak and brittle as it enters its dormancy period, and morning frost can speed up its demise unless it is dealt with immediately.
This does it for our Atlanta lawn care tips. Make sure to see our Atlanta page and try out our free online quote to see how we can help you keep your lawn healthy.