Many new lawn care clients are absolutely shocked to find out about all the work that needs to happen before lawn fertilizer companies can apply their products to grass. For the best outcome, lots of preparation must be completed before fertilizer can be laid down. If you are anxious to get a jump start on getting your lawn back to good health, we have some helpful advice that will guide you in the right direction. Here is what your local lawn fertilizer companies wish you’d do for your yard this weekend:
Rake it up.
This is obviously important for clearing branches, leaves, and other debris off the grass. A less obvious purpose for raking is to prevent the development of too much thatch. In case you don’t know, thatch is a layer of grass clippings and other organic matter that can build up on the soil surface. When it gets thick enough, thatch can prevent water, nutrients, and sunlight from reaching the soil.
Apply your pre-emergence.
These weed control products get rid of weeds before they get past the germination stage. This prevents them from spending the entire spring and summer propagating more weeds throughout your lawn via root and seed spreading.
Apply your broadleaf weed control.
These products will get rid of weeds that have completed the growth cycle to become mature plants. Hey, it beats yanking out all those dandelions and such by hand, right?
Laying grass seed down right on top of your existing lawn is a simple way to help your grass grow in thicker. Adding extra seed in any dead patches will help those bald spots fill in nicely in the summer. Remember to water thoroughly after overseeding, to help grass seeds find their way down to the soil.
Check for soil compaction.
A yard that experiences high traffic will eventually become compacted. Compact soil makes it difficult for grass roots to function optimally. The solution for compacted soil is aeration, which should be taken care of in the fall. Just make a note of this need now, so that you can schedule it during your fall lawn care regimen.
Get your lawn mower in order.
Change the oil, sharpen the blade, and check the blade height before you really need to start cutting the grass. That way, if you need to order parts (or a brand new mower), you aren’t left scrambling to get it taken care of when your grass in shin-high.
The weather is warming up, and Atlanta-area homeowners are anxious to start hosting barbecues and other gatherings in their back yards. Kemko Lawn & Shrub has spent the last three decades perfecting their lawn care formulas. Whether you have warm or cool-season grass to tend to, Kemko knows how to help you achieve the greenest, lushest lawn of your life. Call Kemko at 770-466-6113 to request a free estimate from one of the top lawn fertilizer companies in the Atlanta area.