Summer in New Jersey is the time we should be reaping the benefits of all the hard yard work we put in earlier in the spring. But the work doesn’t stop there. There is plenty more to do to maintain our yards and make sure it stays healthy for the rest of the season and into the fall. Our essential summer lawn care guide will help boost the health and beauty of your New Jersey lawn.
If you have followed proper weed control techniques in the spring by applying pre-emergent herbicides, then you won’t have too many weeds to contend with. But weeds will always find their way into your yard one way or the other. Now is the time to target weeds with post-emergent weed killer to make sure they don’t go to seed and cause a whole mess of trouble for you next year.
To keep your grass healthy you should be following a regular mowing and lawn fertilization schedule. Raise your mower in the summer to allow your grass to become more drought resistant. Keeping grass at the right height keeps your lawn healthy and prevents weeds. Taller, unkempt grass can attract a host of pests including fleas and ticks. Regular fertilization will keep grass thick and prevent stray weeds from popping up unexpectedly.
To keep your lawn lush it needs at least one inch of water per week or more if it’s hotter than usual. When you water make sure the water soaks into the ground a few inches to encourage roots to grow deeper. Don’t water during the hottest part of the day. This just wastes water and your grass doesn’t have enough time to drink before it evaporates. Instead, water early in the morning to allow time for the water to soak in.
To really give your yard a boost, schedule an aeration service. Lawn aeration helps with soil compaction and thatch buildup which can severely hinder the growth and appearance of your turf. Combine lawn aeration and overseeding to further enhance your lawn by making it thicker and more resistant to drought and pests.
Your trees and shrubs need love too. Keep your trees happy and healthy by pruning out dead or diseased branches. At Harvest Lawn Care, we provide dormant oil applications to protect your trees and shrubs from harmful pests and tree fertilization to get nutrients right where it’s needed, the roots.
Pest are everywhere and they can harm your grass, trees, and even get inside your house where they cause more problems for you and your family. To keep pests out of your home make sure your screens are intact and that all holes and cracks on the exterior of your home are sealed with caulk. Make sure there is no moisture from roof or pipe leaks as this can attract termites and roaches.
For the exterior of your house, ask about Harvest Lawn Care’s perimeter pest control to turn your home into a virtual fortress against pests.
Summer lawn care can take a lot of your precious time. Let the lawn experts at Harvest Lawn Care do the work for you. We provide a wide range of services that will keep your grass, trees, and shrubs looking their best, year-round.