If you love a lush, green carpet covering your Atlanta lawn, then you need to make suer that you’re giving your turf what it needs, all year round. When it comes to lawn care, timing is everything, and whether you like DIY turf care or prefer to hire a professional landscaping company like Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group, you should have a basic understanding of what your grass needs in order to thrive. 

In today’s blog post, we’re giving you Lawn Care 101, and we hope that you find what you’re looking for! This blog post is part one, and we’ll be covering what kind of turf care you need to do in spring and summer. Part two will focus on fall and winter, so tune back in for those seasons! If you’d prefer to leave lawn care to the pros, contact our professional landscaping company in Atlanta for all your residential landscaping needs.

Spring Lawn Care

Fertilizing

After winter, you may be surprised to see how quickly your yard starts turning greener. And if you love your lawn, you may see this green as a sign to start fertilizing. But don’t start just yet — you need to wait until your grass actually starts growing before you fertilize. Fertilizer is most effective after the grass has used up its own resources, and then starts slurping up what you’ve fed it.

Here at Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group in Atlanta, we specialize in eco-friendly landscaping, and we encourage our clients and the greater landscaping community to utilize organic fertilizer. Not only is it better for our planet and our water supply, it also ensures that you’re not burning those first fragile new shoots. If you’re unsure of what type of fertilizer to use, contact our landscaping company. 

Overseeding

While overseeding sounds like a problem, it’s actually something that you should be doing to keep your lawn lush. It’s done by scattering grass seeds over the lawn, and it’s especially important to do if your yard has suffered damage over the winter. Overseeding ensures that your turf isn’t patchy.

Pest Control

Earthworms and other bugs start coming alive in spring. More damaging, you may see moles burrowing through your yard. As they feast on worms, moles damage the root system of your grass and wreak havoc to your yard. If you’ve got a mole problem, you should lay mole traps in the summer, just before they build more tunnels. 

Weed Control

Crabgrass and other weeds germinate in late spring, and it’s a great idea to eliminate them before they fully emerge in summer. There are special herbicides that are designed for pre-emergent weeds, and they’re a great thing to add to your spring lawn care routine. 

Dethatching and Aeration

This is one of the most important things you can do for your lawn. If you only do one thing in spring, be sure to dethatch and aerate your lawn. Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group in Atlanta is more than happy to do for your lawn. If you want to try it on your own, you’ll need to remove leaves and twigs using ga rake. Then aerate the soil on a day when the soil is slightly damp, but not soaked. Doing so ensures that oxygen, water, and other nutrients are able to reach the roots of your grass.

Summer

When it comes to taking time to care for your lawn, most of us put in the work with summer in mind. After all, that’s when we’re spending the most time outdoors having fun. But, that also means that your lawn is getting a lot of traffic — and a lot of time in the Atlanta heat. Here are some turf care tips for keeping your lawn looking great all summer.

Mowing

The height of your grass is one of the most important ways to prepare your lawn for the heat. You should be maintaining your lawn at taller lengths — at least three inches — to help them develop deeper root systems. Avoid mowing too frequently and always use sharp mower blades to prevent tearing the grass.

Watering

A green yard is all about watering. You need to water deeply during the hot season, and Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group can install a sprinkler system for you so you don’t have to drag a sprinkler back and forth across your yard. Sprinkler systems properly distribute the water, supporting grass health and preventing brown patches. The best time to water is early in the morning before the sun gets too high and starts to evaporate your efforts.

Weeds

Summer weeds are very visible and can end up overshadowing your grass if you don’t control them. When you get lawn care and lawn maintenance from our landscaping company, you can trust that you’ll ensure that your lawn isn’t overtaken by weeds. We’ll also treat summer pests like turf caterpillars and grubs. 

Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group

We hope that you enjoyed this post on seasonal lawn care, and if you’re curious about what to do in Fall and Winter, be sure to check back in for part two. Our Atlanta landscaping company is proud to provide our Atlanta community with the very best in residential and commercial landscaping. We provide a variety of professional landscaping services including turf care, hardscapes, irrigation, and landscape lighting. We serve customers in Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, and everywhere in between. Contact us today for a free estimate on your lawn care!