The new year brings us the opportunity to start fresh with our lawn care. 2020 could finally be the year that you achieve the perfect lawn. Your dream lawn. It’s possible to get that ideal lawn. Lush, thick grass, perfect for entertaining guests or for the kids and pets to play. If you want to finally get your perfect lawn, then it’s time to make a plan. Here are a few tips for setting your 2020 Lawn Care Goals.
Goal 1: A Weed-Free Lawn
Let’s start with the first goal: getting a weed-free lawn. Every homeowner dreams of the day when their lawn is no longer overrun by weeds. These opportunistic plants are more than just ugly, they’re damaging as well. Weeds invade a lawn by growing and spreading very quickly. As they get larger and spread to more areas of the lawn, they force the grass into competition.
Your grass competes for nutrients, sunlight, access to water, and space against the invading weeds. Because weeds are so much faster at growing than grass, they have the best access to sunlight and space. With such little room and murkier access to sunlight, the grass doesn’t have a chance to grow. Monitoring for weeds in your yard is a good way to stay on top of the problem. Here are a few of the most common weeds in Texas lawns.
Common Weeds in Texas Lawns
Having a plan of attack for the weeds is important for achieving your 2020 lawn care goals. Start in the spring, before the first wave of weeds have time to sprout. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop the seeds that are overwintering in your yard from sprouting. With the first wave out of the way, you can move to a spot treatment strategy. Use post-emergent herbicides throughout the late spring, summer, and fall. Finish the year with broadleaf weed control in the fall.
Goal 2: Lawn Fertilization Schedule
The next 2020 lawn care goal is to get your lawn on a fertilization schedule. Fertilizers should be applied seasonally, at least. Every season requires a different approach based on the varying needs of your grass. It’s important to note that not all grass-types have the same needs at the same time of year. Before deciding which fertilizer to use, find out which grass type you have.
Common Grass Types in Texas Lawns:
Your grass type and the region you live in determine the best schedule for lawn fertilization. If you give your lawn the right type of fertilizer at the perfect time, then your grass will continue to grow stronger and more healthy. Start in the early spring, after your second or third mowing. Make sure you fertilize in the summer and again in the fall. By giving your lawn everything it needs at the right times, you’ll be setting your lawn up for success.
A properly fertilized lawn has thicker, greener grass. It is also much less likely to develop a lawn disease or be invaded by turf-damaging pests. The grass will grow more uniform and you’ll get a big boost in your property’s curb appeal. Not only that, but your lawn will also be more resistant to weed invasions. It’s very difficult for weeds to find room to grow in a thick, healthy lawn.
Goal 3: Aeration
The last of the essential 2020 lawn care goals is to aerate your lawn. Core aeration is an intense lawn care service that will leave your lawn looking like swiss cheese. Don’t worry though, the lawn loves it.
Core aeration only needs to be done once per year. An aerator machine is used to punch tiny holes into your lawn, removing cores of compacted soil, and distributing them across the lawn. This process relieves your lawn of soil compaction while breaking up the excess thatch that has built up. The cores of soil break down and drop back through the grass canopy, adding a little boost of nutrients to the grass.
This beneficial service allows your grass to grow stronger by freeing its roots to grow deeper and spread out. Without the excess thatch and soil compaction, the grass roots will have easier access to water, oxygen, and nutrients. The result: a stronger and more beautiful lawn.
Achieve Your 2020 Lawn Care Goals with the Help of Ashton Walden Turf Services
Lawn care is a full-time job. Figuring out the best plan for your weed control, the perfect schedule for fertilization, and aerating your lawn once a year can be overwhelming. A great idea to help you achieve your 2020 lawn care goals is to trust it to the experts. Here at Ashton Walden Turf Services, we have a lawn care program that is perfect for your Texas lawn. If you pair it with our premium core aeration service, then you’re sure to have a healthier and more beautiful lawn.
If you’d like to get a head start on your 2020 lawn care goals, give us a call at (806) 632-3571 or request a free assessment here. Don’t forget to check out our blog for the top tips in lawn care, pest control, and more. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and deals.