thinking of lawn“I think I’m going to take a year off and skip the whole lawn care thing.” This is a statement we hear from someone declining to use a lawn care service or someone trying to cut back some expenses year to year.

While it may seem simple on it’s face, taking a year away from your lawn care company may not be the best idea. While this approach may even seem to make sense after your lawn has reached a certain level of improvement, there are several reasons why we do not recommended this route.

4 Reasons to Not Take a Year Off from Lawn Care

beautiful lawn1) Grass plants require 3-4lbs of Nitrogen per year. To maintain proper health and to retain that deep green color we all strive for, your lawn needs nitrogen supplements regularly.

In addition, maintaining proper potassium levels helps grass plants to overcome heat and drought stress. The bottom line is if you deprive the plant of required nutrients your lawn will lose vigor and slowly decline.

crabgrass2) Weed and crabgrass will take over your lawn. Seeds from crabgrass, dandelions, clover, and other lawn weeds can survive for many years in the soil. Taking a year off of your lawn care program means that once you stop treating the weeds and crabgrass, those dormant seeds will begin to germinate.

Combine that with the lack of nutrients from skipping fertilizer treatments and the germination of the dormant weed seeds the lawn will quickly turn into a weedy mess, crowding out even more of your grass plants. These weeds will eventually die off at varying times of the year leaving a bare or thin area which will, in return, yield even more weeds.

Japanese Beetle and Green June Beetle Grubs3) Insects could destroy your lawn. Grubs are one of the most concerning of lawn insects. Annual preventative grub control treatments protect your lawn for the year they are applied. They do not carry over into subsequent years.

Grubs are cyclical and if you take off a year from treating during a peak period the results can be devastating. Extensive grub damage is costly and difficult to repair. The cost of an annual grub treatment is a small price to pay for the protection it provides.

money4) Fixing it later is more expensive than keeping your lawn healthy, all along. Once the lawn declines the time and money needed to get it back in shape can be significant. For example, it is not unusual to spend $500.00 or more in seeding lawn to fill in bare or thin areas.

Add to that a few additional treatments to control aggravated issues with weeds or pests and you could be spending an additional few hundreds of dollars more to fertilize, spray, and treat your lawn to restore its health. That doesn’t even guarantee your lawn will be back to its past glory.

In some situations, a lawn in very poor condition may require not one, but several lawn seeding services to create that dense plant base previously established. That year you take off and save, could cost you twice or more than to just keep it looking its best.

A Proactive Lawn Care Program Leads to Success

lawn careBen Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That is very true and applicable in lawn care. That a small amount of maintenance each year goes a long way to insuring your lawn looks good over the long term. If you need help improving or maintaining your lawn we would love to talk with you about how our lawn care service can help you.

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