Prep your lawn for spring now

Less than two weeks from Christmas, the last thing you want to think about is how to prep your lawn for spring, right? Well, the year round process of lawn care is truly that, year round. Just remember all of the time you spent this spring and summer to have a beautiful lawn. Don’t let that hard work go to waste!

Now that winter is here, there are things you can do to prep your lawn for spring. Your winter work will ensure a healthy lawn once spring arrives. Here are some things you can do to prep your lawn for spring:

Remove heavy limbs from your lawn.

Heavy piles of anything cause compacted lawns, patchiness and dead grass. Those piles also make great hiding places for rodents and pests waiting to get into your home.

Rake the last of the leaves.

Don’t just rake the leaves, remove the leaves. Piles of anything are not healthy for any lawn.

Aerate!

Aerate before the ground becomes frozen. Breaking through “thatch” is what allows air, water and nutrients to get down into the roots of your lawn. Whether using plugs or spikes to poke down through thatch, this process increases airflow and helps with drainage.

Water the lawn.

Cold air and wind can dehydrate your grass. Give your lawn a deep watering if it needs it, but don’t water when the temperature is below 40 degrees.

Get rid of the weeds.

Brown lawns aren’t dead, they are dormant. Dormant lawns are asleep. Don’t let weeds take over just because your lawn doesn’t look pretty. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed killer.

Mow the grass, one more time.

As long as the grass is dry, mow it one last time. Make this last cut to be a little shorter than summer cuts. This helps to keep rodents away, especially voles.

If you have any energy left…

Winter is a great time for mower repair. Clean, repair, replace parts, and sharpen blades.

This spring, you will be glad you prepped your lawn.

Lawn care is a year-round job. Even in the winter, you are prepping for spring. A little bit of work and prep year-round will result in a healthier lawn come spring. 

Call us if you have any questions or concerns. Our year-round Lawn360 program provides aerating and pre-emergent treatments for your lawn.  Lawn and Pest Solutions provides licensed lawn technicians who know exactly how to help your lawn. 

Sports Field Aeration

Sports field aeration is one of the key elements in having the best looking field of play. Winning the game is the icing on the cake, but in our world today, there are so many other “boxes” to “check”. Stadiums, uniforms, sound systems, media guides and hype videos are all important! Our schools want to look good in, around, and on the field. So obviously, the field itself needs to look good! 

The old crew has more work to do…

In the past, management of school sports fields were typically the responsibility of coaches and a few maintenance guys. Some schools were lucky enough to have parents, booster clubs, even players to put in hours keeping the field cut and green. Today, the health and beauty of the sports field has reached a new level of expectations.

A sports field requires more than just good looks

The field of play should be healthy, thriving and safe! A safe field is not too wet, not too dry, it has the correct density so as not to cause injuries to players. A lush and thriving field can be used quickly after rain. No one has time to forfeit or reschedule games because of a waterlogged field! This is where sports field aeration, verticut and topdress come into play.

Aeration, Verticut and Topdress

The three key “ingredients” to reviving or building a safe and healthy field of play include:

Aeration perforates the soil to allow water, air and nutrients in.

Verticutting allows your turf to breathe easy, absorb nutrients and soak in moisture.

Top dressing applies sand or a soil mixture after aeration.

These three steps conducted by our licensed technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions can give you a winning field . Contact us here at Lawn and Pest Solutions. We are located in North Mississippi and service areas from the Memphis area and south. Our expanding sports field management services could be just what your team needs for a winning season. 

Why should I aerate my lawn?

Why should I aerate my lawn? I am already watering, mowing and “feeding” it! Aeration is a process where, to put it simply, holes are poked in your lawn. The holes in the top surface allow for “the good stuff” to get down into the roots. “Good stuff” includes water, nutrients, and fertilizer. Aeration makes everything healthy. When trying to visualize the concept, think about those delicious “poke cakes” where they poke holes in a freshly baked cake and then fill the holes with chocolate, pudding, condensed milk or fruit. Hungry yet? Here’s a link to a few ideas for poke cake. You might need a good snack after the lawn work!

Is aeration really necessary?

Thatch is the layer of dead grass that compacts on your lawn over time. Thatch can rob your grass of necessary rain and nutrients. It’s like a thick covering that prevents the good stuff from getting through to the roots. Aeration can break it up and improve the health and beauty of your lawn significantly.

Does it take a professional to aerate my lawn? 

If you are thinking about aerating your lawn and fancy yourself a DIY kind of person, go for it! People have used anything from pitchforks to baseball cleats. However, aerating your own lawn means you must have a LOT of time on your hands, a lot of energy and hopefully, a really tiny yard. 

Are you fresh out of pitchforks?

We fully support your DIY dreams and energy. But aerating your lawn is much easier for us with our equipment. While we are aerating your lawn, you could be inside making chocolate poke cake! You will see a noticeable improvement in your lawn over time if you add an annual aeration service to our Lawn 360 program. Lawn fertilization, weed control and aeration will make your lawn the best on the block! Our licensed and trained lawn technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS will take care of your lawn, no pitchforks needed. You can contact us here to have one of our nice folks give you a quote on a lawn aeration service. We can make the Lawn and Pest Difference in your lawn today! We serve the North Mississippi and the Memphis, Tennessee areas.