Whether you’ve just moved to a new house or are finally deciding to buckle down and start taking care of the lawn you already have, it’s best to approach a lawn care plan like you would any other serious investment of time, money, and effort.
As the saying goes, failing to plan is just planning to fail. That's why it's essential to have a lawn maintenance plan if you’re going to succeed in creating the beautiful, healthy lawn you envision. But, even before that plan is fully formed, there are some questions you should get the answers to so you can be sure your plan has a solid foundation.
What do I already know about this lawn, and what do I need to know?
Effective lawn care is highly customized. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula that works every time. So how familiar are you with this specific lawn?
If you’ve just moved in, reach out to the previous owner or whoever took care of the lawn before. If they used a lawn maintenance company, see if you can speak to them or get some information from their records. What is important to find out are what issues the lawn experienced in the past (weeds, disease, insects, compaction, etc) and what methods or products were used to alleviate them. How successful were they?
To find out even more, consider reaching out to neighbors as a helpful resource, as their lawns could be dealing with similar issues and are exposed to the same environmental factors.
What is the condition of the soil?
The next step is to find out the status of your soil. A soil tests can be purchased at most stores that sell lawn equipment, or they can be preformed by a local lawn care company.
In most cases, the goal is for turf soil to be at a neutral pH (meaning it’s not too acidic or alkaline.) If you find the pH is off, there are ways for to work toward balancing it out.
In addition to the chemical makeup of the soil, it's important to discover, if it is compacted. Does it require dethatching in order to allow for dense turf growth? What about insects - are there signs of any harmful burrowing insects or eggs already there that may foretell a problem down the road? A professional lawn care partner can determine the answers to all of these questions to make sure your soil is healthy to carry out your lawn maintenance plan.
What is the condition of my equipment and products?
It may not seem like a big deal as long as your mower or trimmer starts, but its condition can actually have a big impact on the lawn.
For instance, if your mower blade is dull, it can rip and tear the grass rather than cutting it cleanly. This causes unnecessary stress on grass and doesn’t look as nice. Similarly, if your trimmer or hedge clippers aren’t functioning well, they can cause damage and leave you with a poor-looking result.
Next, if you have seed, fertilizer, or other products from a previous season, it's important to ask, were they stored properly and are they still effective? If not, using outdated or the wrong products for your lawn can be a waste of time.
Do I have the time, energy, and patience required for this project?
Maintaining a lawn is a time-consuming, labor-intensive job. A lot of homeowners with the best of intentions get started on their plan to realize later that it is too time or labor intensive. To make sure your getting the job done right the first time, it can be beneficial to work with an experienced lawn partner.
At Lawn Master, we're your trusted Pensacola lawn care company to help you develop and carry out your lawn care plan this year. To find out more, request a free lawn evaluation to find out what we can do for you.