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Lawn Care - Year Round

Lawn care for year-round beauty
A beautiful, healthy, disease and weed-free lawn is easily achieved by following a program of regular seasonal care and maintenance. The calendar below is a seasonal guide and lists recommended procedures for year-round lawn care.

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Lawn Care Calendar

January - February
Sharpen mower blades and tune-up your mower. Refrain from walking on soggy or frozen grass. Do not mow at this time.
Check lawn for standing puddles of water. Correct drainage where necessary or replant those areas with more suitable ground covers. Apply dolomite lime to adjust soil pH when conditions allow.

March
Fertilize in late March, using an organic or slow-release formulations. (We recommended using Dr.Earth SuperNatural Organic Lawn food).
Start to mow if conditions allow at 2 inches. Remember not to remove more than one-third of the lawn's height at any given time. Recycle grass clippings onto the lawn as you mow.

April
Time to renovate your old lawn (if looking badly). De-thatch the entire lawn if old roots and stems at crown level exceed one half inch. Core aerate either by hand or mechanically. Dig out or spot treat any perennial weeds. Rake and over-seed bare spots with the appropriate seed mixes. Mow, if necessary, to a height of 2 inches. Time to install new lawns. Mow regularly at 2 inches. Remember not to remove more than one-third of the lawn's height at any given time. Recycle grass clippings onto the lawn as you mow.

May
Check all irrigation systems and insure that lawn optimally receives one-inch of water weekly, either through rain or by irrigation. Mow every 5 - 7 days maintaining a height of 2 inches. Dig out dandelions to prevent seeding.

June
Water deeply and slowly. Do not rely on timers for irrigation as temperatures will dictate water needs in addition to lack of rainfall. Continue "grass cycling". Mow 1 - 2x weekly, removing no more than 1/3 of blade raise, mower height to 2 1/2 to 3 inches.

July
Water deeply to one-inch per week, or allow lawn to go dormant by deep watering just once a month. Avoid fertilizing in hot, dry weather. Mow regularly to prevent weed seed spread.

August
Continue to water and mow regularly. Survey the lawn, planning which areas need fall renovation. Plan to eliminate lawn areas on steep slopes, or in deep shade. Research suitable ground covers as lawn substitutes for these areas.

September
When rains begin, fertilize with a natural organic or slow release formulations. (We recommended using Dr.Earth SuperNatural Organic Lawn food). Begin fall lawn renovation by weed control, thatching, aerating and finally over seeding. Install new seed or sod lawns.

October
Thatch, aerate and install sod. Top dress with up to one-inch of sifted compost if lawn was planted with very little organic matter. Turn off irrigation systems. Mow if necessary. Apply dolomite lime to adjust soil pH.

November
Late in the month, apply winter fertilizer which is vital to maintain healthy turf. Mow if conditions are not too soggy and wet.

December
Apply fertilizer if you didn't do so in November. Rake leaves and litter off lawn. Do not mow. Refrain from walking on soggy or frozen grass. Relax till March again. Happy Holidays!

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Swansons Nursery also carry's a full lineup of lawn treatments to control disease and pest problems.

Lawn Treatments

Click here for our Lawn Care info. Under 'General'.
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