I have been trying for years to get my lawn here in Detroit to the right standard, and have failed miserably, in fact it is a similar story for me and my homes in both Boston and Chicago had a similar outlook. A friend of mine from Atlanta however, recently gave me some absolutely golden advice about lawn care, which I wanted to share with you.
My buddy works for a lawn care company and the Trugreen complaints which he sees daily, are much like mine in terms of how to get things just right. An online review, be it from Yelp or Glasspages, should always be taken with a pinch of salt, and my friend tells me that those about Trugreen are simply untrue, and easy to fix. Here are the tips from my buddy Mike, hopefully they help you too.
Cleaning the Lawn
The first thing that Mike does is clean his lawn in the springtime, clearing out twigs and debris which has fallen from the trees, as well as any fungus which may have grown on the lawn during the Fall and Winter months.
Fertilizer and Weedkiller
Next up, Mike applies a heavy dose of fertilizer and weedkiller to the lawn, ensuring that any risk of crabgrass or deep roots are avoided, whilst the fertilizer gives the lawn some much needed rejuvenation. Mike repeats this process 8 weeks later to ensure that by summertime, the lawn is looking tip top.
Mowing That Lawn
Contrary to what I have always known, Mike tells me that he mows the grass as early in the year as possible, and continues to do so every 4 or 5 days. Mowing the lawn should always be done in the early morning or late at night, to avoid the sun burning the fresh, wet grass in the midday heat. Mowing often also helps the grass to thatch, as the clippings will constantly stay in place, protecting the young grass, and ensuring that the grass can receive nutrients from these clippings.
Watering The Lawn
Watering the lawn should also be done early in the morning or late at night, again to avoid burning the grass. Mike waters his garden every single evening between the hours of 7-9, to ensure that it gets a good soaking before the following day.
The way that Mike deals with brown patch on the lawn, is not to put grass seed on them, or at least not until Fall, as the seeds won’t germinate. Instead, Mike will put fertilizer on these areas of the lawn, and give them a heavy soaking to ensure that the new grass shoots can come through.
No doubt the consumer affairs department in many lawn care companies face a similar situation to my buddy Mike, people making complaints which are very easy to overcome.