front lawnDid your lawn take a beating in 2016? Now is the perfect time to start planning to keep your lawn looking good through 2017! There were over 30 days between June and August of last year where temperatures had reached over 90 degrees. This heat may have affected your lawn, making it brown and hard to look at, but there are things you can do to help keep your lawn looking green.

1. Keep Your Grass Long

Remembering to keep your lawn cut at about 3 inches (or higher) is important to keep your lawn healthy. By doing this, it helps to keep the soil shaded from the summer heat, which can help prevent weeds from growing and diseases from forming.

2. Get a Soil Test

If your grass is persistently thin and patchy, it may be due to a problem with the soil and not necessarily with the grass itself. A soil test may be a good idea to determine the exact problem and to find out if amendments are needed. Correcting the soil deficiencies with a few additional treatments will help to bring your lawn around.

3. Proper Treatments Throughout the Year – Especially in the Fall

Future summers will benefit with proper maintenance of the lawn, specifically in the fall months. With the temperatures dropping and the rain falling, aeration, seeding, and top dressing are important for maintaining and helping to prepare it for the winter. Often times aeration is overlooked as a major contributor to turf health. This technique pulls plugs out of the ground allowing oxygen and water to get down into the soil and roots and, most importantly, helping to remove soil compaction. With the resulting plugs that were created, the seed can fall into the holes and begin to grow. But aeration and overseeding is not a cure-all for bare areas in lawns. Generally, about 30% of grass germinates with overseeding after aeration. For areas where bare ground exists, slice seeding would be the best option. Don’t forget to water, because if the seed is not kept moist, even the best seeding job will not be successful without proper moisture. Just remember, fall seeding will give you the best opportunity for a successful lawn!

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