Here in Southern California, we are blessed with good weather most of the year. Unlike some of our friends in the north who experience below-freezing temperatures and our friends in the east who have invariable weather patterns, for the most part, our weather is pretty stable. This means we are able to spend a lot of time outside. And with the COVID pandemic such a recent part of our lives, many of us have put off traveling and are instead enjoying the comforts of our own backyard.
If you truly want to turn your outdoor property into your private oasis, a place to entertain family and friends, kick back and relax, it’s time to invest in a lawn care program. Lawn care programs typically include scheduled fertilization to help keep your lawn healthy and thriving, weed control for a well-manicured look, and insect control to stop pests from invading. Some even include disease control, fungicide treatments, and a variety of other components to ensure a healthy lawn. Read on to find out why lawn care programs are so beneficial and how one can help increase your curbside appeal and make your outdoor space the place to hang out.
Why Fertilization Is So Important
The first and most crucial step in any lawn care program is fertilization. Fertilizer is a blend of macronutrients, either synthetic or organic, designed to give your grass the supplemental vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy. Grass is a living thing, and like all living things, it requires certain elements to survive. This includes air, sunlight, and water which come naturally but nutrients and minerals become depleted and need to be replenished. Not only is a well-fertilized lawn healthier and greener, but it is also far better at preventing weed infestation, disease, and drought. As an added bonus, healthy lawns give back to the environment by producing oxygen, cooling the air during hot weather, and trapping and absorbing urban dust and pollution.
Cool-season grasses like fescue are best fertilized in spring and fall. In contrast, warm-season grasses such as fescue, St. Augustine, and bermudagrass are best fertilized in the spring after temperatures have reached 80 degrees. A properly timed lawn fertilization will help strengthen your lawn’s natural immune system against lawn diseases, fungi, opportunistic weeds, summer drought, and pests.
Weeds are obnoxious living beings that pop up out of nowhere at any time. They make even the healthiest lawns look disheveled and unclean. Some weeds spread by dispersing seeds above the ground. Others spread through root systems beneath the soil. Many lawn care programs include both pre-emergents and post-emergents. Pre-emergents are used in early spring to help prevent weeds from germinating. Pre-emergent is essential for preventing and controlling crabgrass. As spring continues, post-emergent weed control is used to stop any other weeds that have begun to sprout. Some of the most common weeds home and business owners here in Southern California face include:
Investing in a lawn care program can help prevent and control weeds from growing and spreading throughout your lawn.
What Is a Lawn Analysis and Why Is It So Important?
At Lawnscape Systems, we offer two comprehensive lawn care programs that will help ensure the health and vitality of your lawn. Before deciding which lawn care program is best suited for your turf, our technicians will come out and perform a lawn analysis. A lawn analysis is a comprehensive deep-dive and overview of your lawn’s health and condition. A certified, trained specialist will come out, inspect and determine the overall health of your turf. They will look for and determine if there are any lawn diseases present, thatch, excess weeds, lawn damaging insects, and sun exposure. They will also look at the environment surrounding your yard, including what type of grass you have, soil type, amount of shade, and the overall look and feel of your landscape. From all of this, they will determine a course of action and develop a customized plan to ensure a healthy, robust lawn.
Get Ready for a Lush, Vibrant Lawn With Lawnscape Systems Lawn Care Program
We offer lawn care programs to fit the needs of each of our clients. All of our services are applied by fully licensed and trained technicians, and we use only products approved by the EPA. Each program contains fertilization, and weed control, including control of the ever-annoying crabgrass that wreaks havoc on our South California lawns. Our supreme lawn care program also includes disease and insect control. Give us a call now and learn more about each of these programs and how they can benefit you. You can reach us at 800-255-5296 or fill out our online form here.