The climate in Georgia allows for all kinds of amazing landscaping opportunities. Year round growing seasons are great, but you should be aware of just how your lawn needs to be cared for throughout the year. Georgia allows for several types of grass to thrive, but without some proper information and know-how, it could mean disaster for your lawn. In order to maintain a lush green lawn year round you need to know these three things: What type of grass you have, getting and using a lawn calendar, and how cool season grass needs special care in the winter months.
Know What Type of Grass You Have
Every type of grass is different, some are cool weather grass, and some like it hotter. Here in Georgia we have both types of grass, and it is important to know how to care for the type of grass that makes up your lawn. The type of grass you have will determine how fast it grows, how short to cut it, how much water it needs, how resistant it is to pests, disease and fungus, what kind of fertilizer to use, and when to apply your fertilizer.
Get Yourself a Lawn Calendar
Lawn calendars are easily accessible online through any search engine. Be sure to search for the specific grass type you have and for the state of Georgia. These calendars give you month by month instruction of what your grass needs to thrive. These detailed instructions will be invaluable to the health of your lawn. Follow these guidelines and you will have lush green grass all year round. Also see our recent article about the importance of having a regular lawn care schedule.
Caring for Cool Season Grass
Tall Fescue is the most common type of cool season grass in Georgia.
- Fertilizing Tip #1 is to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for spreader settings, and application details. Every brand is different, and not following the label may result in burning or damaging your lawn.
- Fertilizing Tip #2 is to always apply fertilizer to dry grass. This allows the granules to fall through the blades of grass to the soil where they can dissolve effectively when watered. If you apply fertilizer to wet grass, the granules will stick to the blades and burn them as a result of the concentration being much too high for one blade of grass.
- Fertilizing Tip #3 is to use a time-released Nitrogen formula to prevent burning.
- Fertilizing Tip #4 is to check the acidity of the soil according to the calendar to determine if Lime applications are necessary for your lawn.
- Fertilizer Tip #5 is to always use a broadcast spreader and spread 1/2 the amount of fertilizer one way over the lawn, then spread the other 1/2 perpendicular to the first direction. This ensures even distribution of the fertilizer. Finally, adjust your watering schedule or timers of your irrigation system according to your lawn calendar to ensure your lawn is getting the sufficient amount of water for the cooler months.
Not everyone has Tall Fescue grass, but knowing whether or not you do or you don’t is just as important in order to care for your lawn correctly. Once you know and understand the type of grass you have, and how it needs to be cared for in the winter, you will achieve the lush green grass you dream about. If you have any questions about how to care for your lawn, don’t hesitate to call us at Gro-Masters Lawn Care Service Savannah. We would be happy to help.
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