Make the most of your property this summer by giving your grass a little TLC this spring. Here are five springtime tasks that help your turf grow lush and green until autumn.
Evaluate the Condition of Your Turf
Spring is the time to look at how well your lawn has endured the winter. Heavy snow, snowmelt, rain, and soil erosion can affect how well your grass renews itself in spring.
As your grass starts growing again in spring, check out the turf for the following problems:
- Bare or thin spots
- Discolored or misshaped grass
- Weedy areas
- Sunken areas
- Soggy areas
Weeds, discolored grass, and bare spots may indicate that deficiencies are in the nutrients your grass receives. The soil under the grass may be too acidic or too alkaline for the species of grass you grow on your lawn. Sunken and soggy spots indicate compaction or drainage issues in your soil.
Consult with a turf care company to test your soil for its pH and nutrient levels. When you know the pH of the soil, you can add amendments to adjust the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Hire a company to fix drainage issues in your yard if poor drainage is killing your grass.
Choose the Right Grass Varieties
If you plant grass seed in spring, warm-season grasses including St. Augustine and Bermuda grass will give you the best results. Cool-season grasses including Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass are best planted in the later part of summer and the early part of autumn.
When choosing grass seed, choose varieties or blends that grow well in the soil and sun conditions where you wish to plant the seed. Both sun and shade grass mixes are available to provide coverage throughout your lawn.
Your turf and lawn care company is a great source of knowledge when you’re not sure about which grass seed to choose. A turf care company knows the best grass species to plant for your particular property’s conditions and needs.
Look for Signs of Grubs
The most destructive lawn bug in Illinois is the grub. The word grub is an umbrella term for larvae that live just under the turf in the soil. The larvae of Japanese beetles are the most common lawn grubs in the Chicago region.
When grubs invade your lawn soil, you’ll notice browning of grass where the grubs have fed. Grubs chew on grass from the roots, so they kill turf from underground. You may also see disturbed spots in turf where raccoons and skunks have dug up your yard in search of the delicious grubs.
To confirm that grubs have invaded your lawn, peel back some of the grass to reveal the soil below the thatch. If you see C-shaped bugs that resemble plump white or gray worms, you likely have grubs. Grubs are hard to eradicate in spring, so call a pest control company to manage grubs in your turf.
Remove Mosquito Breeding Spots
Even if your lawn is a soft, elegant, emerald treasure in August, no one will want to hang out on the grass if your yard has mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are annoying, leave itchy welts, and can carry serious diseases.
Mosquitoes need standing water or moist areas to breed. Start in early spring to monitor your property for any wet spots where mosquito females might lay their eggs. At least once a week, empty any standing water you find.
Clean out your gutters, since mosquitoes can and will lay their eggs in clogged gutters. Get rid of old tires, toys, pails, and containers that collect water. Keep water from collecting in outdoor trash and recycling bins by drilling holes in the bottoms of the containers.
Mosquitoes love to spend their days on tall grass and weeds. Trim your turf and weeds to reduce mosquito resting places. If mosquitoes are so numerous that they make your outdoor time miserable, hire a pest control company to treat your yard for the obnoxious insects.
Hire Professionals to Help Manage Your Turf
Proper lawn care requires a commitment of time and labor. Your lawn may need a variety of amendments and treatments to look its best.
Some of the tasks you need to perform to keep your lawn looking sharp include:
- Spot weeding
- Applying lime
- Applying herbicides or pesticides
- Cleaning up debris
If your life’s too busy or you’re otherwise unable to handle all of your lawn care responsibilities this spring and summer, hire a professional turf care company to take over some of the tasks for you.
For example, a lawn and turf pest-control company can treat your lawn for pests, fertilize your lawn, weed your lawn, and provide other services throughout the grass-growing season. You get to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful yard without wearing yourself out doing all of the chores involved in proper lawn care.
Schedule your Chicago-area lawn and turf care now by contacting Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management today. We offer grub and mosquito treatments and eco-friendly landscape management for property owners throughout Northeastern Illinois.