Lawn care and continued maintenance is key to a healthy, good looking yard in Tennessee & Kentucky. Your yard may be the first thing a visitor notices about your home. We all want a green, lush yard that may be the envy of the neighborhood, but you may have to work for it. Unless you want to do all of that work yourself, you can always contact a U.S. Pest Protection representative and inquire about lawn care services for your residence!
Water is probably the most important gift you can give your yard.
All living things need water to survive and your lawn grass is no exception. Make sure your lawn has a regular adequate water supply. During rainy seasons you may not have to worry too much but during droughts it becomes extremely important. During dry conditions most lawns will require an additional applied 1 inch of water per week. One way to tell if the grass is moist and healthy is to walk across the lawn. If the foot prints disappear fairly quickly the grass is moist. The foot prints will remain for thirty minutes or more the grass is dry and needs watering. Newly planted grass seeds or sow will require two to three times more water.
A yard needs nourishment! Feed your lawn!
Grass get nourishment from water and soil, but to be healthy it needs additional nutriments. This comes in the form of applied fertilizers. Fertilizers supplement with two forms of nutrients, “Macro” nutrients and “Micro” nutrients. Macro-nutrients include the big three: Nitrogen (N) promoting growth and leaf development, Phosphorus (P) promoting root growth and seed formation and Potassium (K) promoting resistance to disease and drought. The macro-nutrients are boldly listed on the fertilizer bag. Each come in different percentage combinations when applied during each season and for specific grasses. Micro-nutrients are minerals in smaller amounts that help promote healthy growth and development.
Basics to remember!
- First, your lawn needs water
- Second, your lawn needs food
- Third, your lawn needs Macro-nutrients N-P-K for health
What is a weed?
Basically a weed is any type of plant or grass that you do not want in your lawn. This could be another variety of grass or a classic weed such as crabgrass or dandelion. There are two basic control methods for weeds. Pre-emergent Control: The application of a control product at the time when the weed seed just begins to grow or germinate stopping growth. Post-emergent Control: The application of a control product as the weed is growing, killing the weed and stopping growth. These two types of control are used in conjunction during the year to keep your lawn weed free.