North Carolina has a temperate climate throughout most of the year, which means a longer growing season than other areas of the country. It also means that the state’s lawns need different types of care throughout the year. Use this checklist to make sure you are staying on top of your lawn care duties and can continue to enjoy a beautiful and healthy landscape.
Winter Lawn Chores
Even during January and February, North Carolin can experience warm days. Take advantage of this weather to mow your dormant grass. This will help to mulch up and remove leaves, pine needles and other organic debris.
You will also want to start spotting winder weeds that may have set up camp. Treating them now can make sure they don’t take over your lawn once the weather starts to warm up.
Spring Lawn Tasks
Get your soil tested. Spring is the perfect time to add lime or fertilizer as needed. However, you won’t know how much of what to add without a better understanding of the acidity of your soil. Investing in a quick and easy soil test can give you some valuable information that will help you create and maintain a lush, well-fed lawn.
During spring, the grass will come back to life and require periodic mowing. For the first few mowings, be sure to avoid cutting the grass too short. You only want to take off about the top third.
Summer Lawn Care
During the summer, your lawn will be growing fast and furious. This means that you will probably end up mowing about once a week. You can also encourage and support lawn health with regular fertilization. Just be sure that you are providing your grass type with the right amount of nitrogen-based fertilizers. Adding too much fertilizer can end up burning your lawn, so always follow product instructions carefully.
Hot summer temperatures and high humidity can also be hard on grasses. To help them survive periods of drought, raise the cutting height of your lawnmower to help slow down the process of evaporation.
Fall Lawn Care Checklist
Fall lawn care tasks will help set your lawn up for success next spring. Around October, you want to start aerating and overseeding the lawn. You can also apply a slow-release fertilizer that will continue to feed the grass throughout the winter months. By the time spring rolls around, your lawn will come back fuller and healthier than before.
For more lawn care tips or expert help with all your regular landscape tasks and maintenance needs, contact JT’s Landscaping and Lawn Care. We serve businesses and homeowners throughout the triangle area.