In the past couple of weeks we’ve seen some very unfortuante damage in our ornamentals as a result of cold damage. Plants are enormously complex beings that are almost magically adapted to extreme climate condiditons, but at certain times of the year they are very vulnerable to catastrophic damage if certain conditions exist in the environment. Case in point this year is the morning of April 6th, a morning that saw temperatures dive into the mid-teens throughout the Lawn Dawg service area.
That seems like a simple question, doesn’t it? The succinct answer is when the lawn is hungry, but that’s a bit tricky to figure out especially in this day and age when we have access to both old-fashioned fertilizers and specialized, high technology fertilizers that can be custom manufactured to exact specifications. I’ve been in situations where the choice was to apply a tiny amount of quickly available fertilizer on a weekly basis, and still others where the choice has been to apply an entire year’s worth of fertilizer in very slowly available form.
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.