Cyclone Rake Blog: April 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

April is National Lawn Care Month!

April is a month of firsts for many lawns – first spring flowers popping up in and around the lawn, first fertilization, and the first mowing. That makes it a good time to review some important lawn care tips, courtesy of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, who remind us that April is National Lawn Care Month.

Watch the Water

If you have to water your lawn this year, make water count. It’s a valuable resource. Water in the early morning or later in the evening to let the moisture soak into the soil, avoiding evaporation. Consider using irrigation systems that minimize water usage. Deep watering every few days, rather than everyday watering, best nurtures turfgrass roots.

Apply the Right Rates, Types of Fertilizer

Know what your soil needs; conduct a soil test to see if any nutrients are lacking in your lawn. Then apply slow-release fertilizers that feed appropriate amounts of nutrients over time to the grass. Some homeowners even spread a thin layer of finished compost onto the lawn in the spring for an organic nutrient boost. Remember to keep nutrient sources away from storm drains and other places where water flows freely.

A Perfect Lawn May Not Look It

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A lush, deep green lawn through the whole season may not be best. The National Landscape Professional Association urges its members and homeowners to “Embrace the Brown” during periods of lower rainfall and higher heat in summer. Most turfgrasses will enter a natural dormancy stage, where the grass crown “shuts off” sending up new blades and older blades brown.

Many turfgrasses, especially cool-season grasses, will shoot up green blades with rain and cooler temperatures. Irrigating can keep the grass from going into dormancy – but not irrigating during a couple brown weeks can save water, and the grass probably won’t miss a beat.

Fall Seeding is Best

Spring seeding may be unavoidable, such as repairing large areas of damage from a winter construction project. But if winter damage is not widespread, wait until later to seed. The turf may bounce back. Another benefit: less aggressive weed growth in the fall, when crabgrass is at the end of its lifecycle.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

4 Animals That Can Destroy Your Yard: An Infographic

View the infographic below to learn about some of the most unsuspecting animals that can actually destroy your yard, as well as tips on keeping them away.

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