You might think you don’t need to worry about your lawn until spring, but your lawn care plan for 2017 should start now. Since the Lubbock area experiences the extremes of all four seasons, with an average of 20 inches of rain per year, 8 inches of snow, and 264 sunny days, a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work. How do you make your lawn look its best all year long when it’s 100+ in July and below freezing in January? In Lubbock we know real heat and real cold and our lawns have to endure both. Ashton Walden wants to help, so here’s a quick guide to your lawn care for 2017.
Your grass is dormant, but not dead so don’t cut it too short. Cutting your lawn too short runs the risk of damaging the roots. What sort of grass do you have? If it’s Bermuda grass, set your mower one notch lower than you normally would for the last mowing of the year. If it’s fescue grass, keep your mower at the same level. If you have unwanted rye or poa grass, now is a good time to remove it. Now’s the best time to spray for weeds!
Remove any dead plants.
If you have Bermuda grass, it’s time to dethatch it. Dethatching is the process of removing the bits of grass that have died, and are gathering on your lawn, blocking moisture and air from getting through to the soil. Aerate your lawn, if needed. This helps you use your water and fertilizer efficiently.
Check your systems.
If you have an irrigation system, check it for damage or leaks. If you don’t have an irrigation system, now is the time to consider getting one. Double check water restrictions, which are subject to change, and use your catch cups to make sure your lawn is getting the correct amount of water.
Start a fertilizer and weed control program. You want your lawn to grow, but not your weeds. If you already have one, maintain your weed control program.
How often should I mow in the spring?
We recommend that you mow once a week in the spring.
Be vigilant against insects.
Do you know your enemy? Your pest enemies could include grubs. Be careful to prevent grub worm infestations. Here are some tips about keeping the grubs from destroying your lawn.
How much should I mow in the summer?
If the summer is hot and dry, raise your mower blades and mow less often. If the summer is unusually wet, continue mowing once a week.
Tune up your lawn mower, set a schedule for mowing, and change directions when you mow. Check out these other ways to minimize damage to your lawn in the summer.
How often should I mow in the fall?
You don’t need to mow quite as often in the fall. Your grass will grow more slowly as temperatures decline.
What else does my grass need?
If you have fescue grass, overseed and fertilize it. Also, don’t forget to rake your leaves.Your grass needs plenty of light to prepare for the winter.
What should I do about perennial weeds?
Destroy those weeds! Weedkiller is most efficient when the weeds are sending nutrients (and weedkiller) to their roots in preparation for “a long winter’s nap.”