Lawn and Garden Care 101
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to spruce up your yard again. Imagine hosting spring cookouts and family get-togethers outdoors with a lush, green lawn to enjoy it all on. In Fallon, NV, keeping a nice lawn can take a lot of work. Hot temperatures and problematic pests can wreak havoc on your lawn and garden, so it’s important that you take the appropriate steps to prepare and maintain your yard. Things like fertilizer, pesticides, and sprinkler systems are just a few of the supplies needed to keep your lawn and garden looking their best.
For a complete list of our lawn and garden care tips, keep reading below! If you’re interested in lawn care advice or even gardening rentals, connect with the experts at ACE Hardware.
Lawn care starts with an effective treatment plan and a bit of preparation. Now is the perfect time to do so considering the Fallon weather and temperatures are quite moderate. There are several factors that may affect how healthy your lawn is throughout the growing season. Follow these steps to ensure your lawn stays green and thick all spring and summer long.
After the long winter, thatch can build up and prevent your grass from looking its best. If you’re not too sure about what thatch is, it’s described as a loose, intermingled organic layer of dead and living roots. When this dead grass that gets stuck between living grass and the soil is not able to receive proper air, water, and nutrients, your lawn can end up looking rough. At Louie’s Ace Hardware, we carry all the hardware and garden supplies you need such as dethatchers to restore your lawn to its prime.
Aerating should be an important part of your lawn care process as it allows air, water, and nutrients to get to the grassroots. If your lawn is looking a little dead and colorless, it might be due to a compaction issue. Soil compaction causes the lawn to harden up and prevents new grass from growing. Water, sunlight, air, and nutrients are unable to reach the soil below the surface, which leads to several problems with your lawn. If you notice any of the following issues, then it’s probably time to aerate your lawn:
- Puddling water
- Bare areas
- Thin or patchy spots
- Thick layers of thatch
To remedy this, an aerating lawn care tool is used to remove plugs from the lawn, creating holes that let in water, air, and nutrients.
Regular feeding with a good fertilizer is essential for proper growth and lush, green color. There are many types of fertilizers to choose from and to choose the best one for your lawn, it’s recommended to first perform a pH test on the soil. If the acidity levels are high, then you’re going to need to fix this before you fertilize. You can then choose from a weed-and-feed type of fertilizer, an organic mixture, and much more. Ask your local Fallon ACE Hardware store for help determining the best fertilizer to use for your lawn.
It’s commonly recommended for homeowners to use slow-release fertilizers, as they release nutrients more efficiently and can be applied less frequently. It’s best to fertilize in the early morning or evening, then water thoroughly.
#4 Pest and Grub Control
Grubs are the larvae of beetles that hatch and thrive below the surface of lawns. They feed on the roots of your grass, killing it from underneath. They also attract animals like birds and moles who tend to dig and rip up grass from the top. Essentially, these little bugs ruin your lawn from top to bottom and they can be very difficult to notice directly since they live underground. If you notice any of the following changes in your lawn, then you may have a grub infestation:
- Irregular brown spots
- Patches of dead grass
- Soft/spongy grass that can be easily lifted up
- Increased animal activity in your yard
Other pests, like ants, centipedes, earwigs, fleas, millipedes, spiders, and ticks can run rampant in your yard. By applying a perimeter pest control around the area of your home and lawn every 4-6 weeks, you can avoid these types of problems.
Water is a precious resource, and too often around Fallon, we see people’s sprinklers watering everything but their lawn! Invest in a decent adjustable sprinkler that suits your lawn shape and size. This will save you money and ensure that the water is being directed where it’s needed.
If you’re like many of us who just don’t have a green-thumb for gardening, you’re not alone. The great thing about gardening is that you can always try again. While it may be disappointing and off-putting at first, seeing the results of your hard work are well worth the effort. Here are some garden care tips to help your garden thrive this spring and summer.
Clean Out the Area
To start your garden journey, you first need to clear out any debris in the area to prepare it for new life. Be sure to cut, prune, and dispose of any dead branches, leaves, or plants. Also, give your garden area some new soil and grab a bag of fertilizer while you’re at it. Lastly, mulch your borders with compost or manure and stop any young weeds in their tracks. All your hard work will pay off when it’s time to sow seeds and start the most fun part of gardening – planting!
Tend to Surviving Plants
If you were lucky enough to keep some of your plants alive through the winter, first give yourself a pat on the back, and then see that they get some much needed attention. Start by pruning leaves and dead foliage on the plants, give them some fertilizer, and give them a good watering. Also be sure to pack down their roots if you noticed them pop up during the frigid temperatures. All of this will help give your plants a fighting chance of survival!
Plant Trees, Shrubs, and Other Plants
After all that hard work tidying up and removing unwanted plants, it’s time to get planting. If you didn’t manage to plant trees and shrubs during the fall, the ground should now be free from frost and therefore soft enough for you to get planting now. That way, your new plants will be fully established by the time winter hits again.
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