Spring is an exciting time when many people get the urge to start perfecting their lawns. Just make sure you don’t make these common spring lawn care mistakes.
What a difference a year makes, no? Twelve months ago there was still snow three feet deep in my front yard. Today, the lawn is turning green.
What are some of the important lawn care tasks that we should be paying attention to at this point in the season?
A frequent question that we are asked is whether frost will injure lawns. The short answer is no, it won’t. But (there’s always a “but” isn’t there?) it’s a different story if a frost-covered lawn is subjected to traffic.
It happens quite often, I’ll be in a hardware store or one of the Big Box home improvement stores looking for a tool or whatnot and someone will spy the Lawn Dawg logo on my shirt. They’ll say, “Hey, can you tell me what the best fertilizer for my lawn is?” That’s fine, I like to teach people about caring for their lawns even if they’re not customers.
Ask any Lawn Specialist this question and they will tell you they heard this a thousand times “ Why does my neighbor’s lawn look better than mine?” There is no easy answer, in fact there can and will be many factors in why both lawns look different.
Everyone in New England and New York talks about the weather or more accurately complains about the weather. We humans have it easy, we can go inside and escape the heat or the cold and when we travel comfort is right at our fingertips with our car’s climate control.
Sometimes when a customer is particularly upset with the state of affairs on their lawn, I’ll get a call to go pay a visit the next time that I am at that particular branch office. And while there are times when the lawn specialist might have done a better job of this and the homeowner could have done a better job with that, there are times when no one at all is at fault. Sometimes the brutal truth of the matter is, that for a particular area, grass just isn’t going to grow.
You may be surprised to learn that of my thousands of lawn photographs this is one of my favorites. “Why? It’s brown!” you might say. I’d agree. “It’s ugly!” you might retort. I’d disagree with that, but the reason requires explanation.