Most Common Questions
by Nellie Neal
Homeowners spend more time and
money on their lawns than any other single part of the landscape. Common
problems pop up every summer; take action now to deal with the ones
bothering your green carpet.
To thicken a thin lawn, fertilize
with a complete lawn formula, apply plenty of water, overseed with same or
similar turfgrass seed, and raise the mower height.
weeds are the problem, tackle them now with a postemerge lawn weed killer,
but also remember to treat the lawn earlier in the spring next year with a
pre-emerge lawn weed suppressing product.
Most lawns get pests sooner or
later, but sooner is better to do something about it. Once you see a
browned area developing, or notice a marked change in the lawn’s color,
take action. If you’re not sure of the problem, dig up a damaged piece
and let the pros at your Growise Center help you diagnose the problem.
leaves can be the barometer of the lawn’s health. Pale green leaves can
indicate drought, especially if the grass stays down when you walk across
it. Darkening green leaves may reveal an overdose of potassium,
potentially stunting the lawn. Yellow leaves can tell you the area stays
trimmed along driveways and sidewalks make valuable new plants to repair
bare spots in the lawn. Lay six-inch trimmings into damp sand until they
root. Cultivate the bare area, work in some organic matter, and plant your
say to fertilize the lawn in spring, and too many homeowners forget to do
that. Then summer comes and they figure it’s too late. Truth is, a
healthy lawn can benefit from a complete lawn food applied once, twice, or
three times in each growing season. First, at greenup, use a combination
fast and slow release lawn food. Second, at midsummer, apply a slow
release. Last, use a winterizing formula in late summer.