With years of experience in the field, Weed Pro is no stranger to the many questions that surround lawn maintenance. Whether it’s concerns over when to take action, the level of care needed or the value of investing in specific techniques, homeowners come armed with a lot of uncertainties over how to best care for their lawn.
In an effort to provide clarity, we’ve put together a list of the most common lawn maintenance questions we hear and share answers.
How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?
Whereas warm season grasses grow most in the summer, cool season grasses (like those found in Ohio) grow most in the spring and fall. During these growth periods, mow your Ohio lawn on a weekly basis, and only cut ⅓ of the grass height each time. In the summer, you’ll only need to mow every two weeks or so since your lawn is mostly dormant at this time.
When Should I Plant New Grass?
Planting new cool season grass seed is best left for the spring or fall. That’s because grass requires ample moisture and a soil temperature ranging between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit to successfully grow. While water should be continuously added until the seeds germinate, these applications should increase in the case of very dry conditions.
Do I Need to Test My Soil?
The simple answer to this lawn maintenance question is yes. While a rise of weed populations in your Ohio lawn may be attributed to not enough water or a lack of fertilizer, a soil test can get to the root of the issue and eliminate uncertainties. For instance, the soil evaluation may show a low pH level. This indicates your soil is too acidic, which makes it a breeding ground for weeds and disease.
When Is the Best Time to Fertilize?
Fertilization should take place when temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit and around six weeks prior to the first frost. The former stimulates the growth of the lawn and boosts its nutrient uptake, while the latter helps grass build stamina before harsh winter conditions hit. You’ll want to avoid applications in the peak of summer as the mixture of heat and chemicals can cause lawn burn.
Should I Invest in Organic Lawn Care?
While organic lawn care is recognized as an eco-friendly option, this approach often takes longer to deliver results — ones that are typically less effective than its synthetic counterparts. The good news is that choosing synthetic products for lawn maintenance doesn’t have to mean sacrificing safety. At Weed Pro, we use treatments without hazardous chemicals that provide fast, effective results while still allowing family and pets to safely enjoy outdoor spaces.
Want to learn more about how Weed Pro can help with your lawn maintenance? Get in touch with your local provider.