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How to keep your lawn healthy all year long

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Whether you experience summer-like weather all year long, or you have four distinct seasons, it’s important to maintain your lawn twelve months of the year in order to keep it in pristine condition month after month. The key to maintaining a healthy lawn is to plant grass seed on a regular basis to avoid brown spots or bare patches. The best grass seed nourishes your lawn and allows for maximum growth throughout all seasons, not just spring and summer.

A green and healthy lawn doesn’t get that way unless you maintain it by regularly watering, cutting and seeding it. Many people think that this only needs to be done in spring, summer and part of fall; but in fact, there are things to do in every season that will keep your lawn looking it’s the best.

Summer

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For many parts of North America, summer is the hottest time of the year, when the sun is strongest and the temperature is the warmest. During this season, it’s important to keep your lawn watered every day so your grass remains healthy and green. Even one day without water can cause your grass to turn brown and bristly. Watering times are extremely important also. Never water your lawn when the sun is at its hottest (usually between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) The water will evaporate quickly, causing your grass to burn, which will turn it brown. Most experts recommend that you water for at least 20 minutes early in the morning, and 20 minutes at dusk.

Autumn

This is the season of getting things ready for the long winter. Soon, the ground will be frozen and covered with snow and ice, so you need to make sure that your lawn is well fertilized and seeded for winter and spring. Along with seeding and fertilizing your lawn, fall is the time to wrap up your bushes and small trees to protect them from the harsh cold of winter. This prevents the frost from damaging the delicate branches and limbs.

Winter

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Once winter hits and the cold weather arrives, your lawn goes into ‘sleep’ mode, so many parts of North America don’t see their lawns for a few months because it’s buried under snow and ice. Some parts of your lawn may experience damage due to sand, and salt from de-icing. If part of your lawn is adjacent to your walkway, and you regularly sprinkle salt on it, you’ll need to remove as much of it as you can from the ‘lawn’ so that it doesn’t get absorbed into the ground. This can cause damage to your grass come spring.

Spring

Spring is the season of awakening. Your lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers are awakening from their slumber, and they may need some help reaching their full potential. If you seeded and fertilized in the fall, then your lawn should start to come up on its own, but it never hurts to put more seed and fertilization down. If you’re not sure what type of seed or fertilizer to use, you can visit your local nursery or lawn care center for advice.

If you hire a lawn care company to do part of the work for you, ask about their pesticide practices and policies. Many of them have alternatives to potentially harmful pesticide use.

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