Time for Spring Lawn Care

Look around you for signs of Springtime. The temperature is getting a little warmer. The days are getting longer with daylight saving time right here. Flowers are starting to bloom and leaves are sprouting their buds. Birds, butterflies and insects are starting to show up.

This all means that it is time for Spring lawn care to make sure you have the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood to enjoy with your family and friends.

At Houseman Services, as part of the annual lawn care, there are 7 time periods that are important to keep your lawn looking great. These steps are locally formulated to suit the needs of our Athens-area climate. It consists of 7 basic treatments that will further be tailored according to the needs of your lawn and the particular season.

Round 1 January-February

Our first application of the season includes both pre-emergent weed controls and post-emergent weed controls to aid in the prevention of broadleaf weeds and annual crabgrass. We also apply high potassium fertilizer for root development. Grassy weed controls are applied as needed.

NOW – Round 2 February-March

Our application of high nitrogen fertilizer will help ensure a quicker green up. A second treatment of pre-emergent and post-emergent weed controls will be applied on this application.

Round 3 April-May

With the onset of warmer temperatures we will apply a granular slow-release fertilizer to enhance the color of your lawn. Grassy and broadleaf weed controls are applied as needed. This is a good time to core-aerate your lawn.

Round 4 May-June

To help all warm season lawns maintain color and growth, we apply another granular slow-release fertilizer. Grassy and broadleaf weed controls are applied as needed. Proper mowing and watering are the keys to maintaining a green, healthy lawn during this time of season

Round 5 July-August

Heading into the end of summer, we apply another granular slow-release fertilizer mixed to maintain the color and feed the roots of your turf. Grassy and broadleaf weed controls are applied as needed.

Round 6 September-October

This application consists of both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed controls to aid in the prevention of annual winter weeds. We also apply high potassium fertilizer designed to strengthen root systems. This treatment is also designed to help minimize the possibility of winter damage.

Round 7 November-December

This treatment will condition the soil and help balance the pH level so that your turf can use our fertilizers more efficiently. Grassy and broadleaf weed controls are applied as needed. Any lawn that did not receive pre-emergent on Round 5 visit will receive it on this treatment in addition to the lime and weed control.

Grass Types

We have experience in treating all types of lawn problems in the Athens area. All of our lawn care technicians have been trained to identify not only common lawn problems, but also the rare problems that you might be experiencing. Call us today or submit your question online. Our trained staff of lawn technicians are trained to identify all types of lawns including Fescue and Bermuda grass, as well as all the various varieties of these grasses. Here are the grass types:

Bermuda

A dense, dark green grass with fine to medium blades, it is the most popular warm season turf grass among Georgia homeowners. Bermuda grass is idea for families with young children and pets because it holds up very well to heavy foot traffic.

Type:  Warm season grass
Sun Exposure: Full sun to very light shade

Centipede

Centipede is a law maintenance, medium textured grass. Centipede grass requires less frequent mowing than other grasses because it grows slowly. Due to the slow growth, it takes longer to mature and fill in a yard after seeding. It isn’t the right grass for heavy foot traffic.

Type: Warm season grass
Sun Exposure: Full sun to very light shade

Fescue

Fescue matures quickly after seeding and requires frequent mowing. It is finely textured and fast-growing. As a cool season grass, fescue requires more water during the summer than warm season grasses, or it will go dormant. It tolerates shade better than most grasses and is resilient in drought and fluctuating temperatures.

Type: Cool season grass
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a coarse, broad-leafed grass, which has a lower cold tolerance than other warm season grasses and is not often found as far north as Atlanta. It is ideal for areas along the South Georgia coast, and fares well in lawns that receive partial shade because it performs best in moist soil.

Type: Warm season grass
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Zoysia

Zoysia comes in several varieties ranging from fine to coarse textures. It is a dense, slow-growing grass which requires periodic dethatching. The good news is that it does not need to be mowed. It can tolerant foot traffic as well as high salt levels near coastal salt water.

Type: Warm season grass
Sun Exposure: Full sun to very light shade

Other services

Here are the other services that you should be managing for your gorgeous lawn:

Soil Testing / Fertilizing

Core aeration

Watering

Weeding

Mowing

Brown areas

If you would like assistance with your lawn, give Houseman Services a call at 866-964-PEST?

Houseman Services is the only complete service company in the Athens, GA area. We provide Weed control, fertilization, shrub care, mulch & pine straw, sod, annual plantings, irrigation, and commercial & residential lawn maintenance. We are also state certified and licensed in wood destroying organisms (termite control), household pest control, public heath, and turf & ornamental weed control. We are licensed to control and treat mosquitoes, termites, all pest problems and turf & ornamental weed control. Contact the professionals at Houseman Services and set up a free inspection of your yard. We have been servicing homes and businesses in the Athens, Clarke County area since 1985!