Lawn Care Training: The Lawn Care Calendar

Lawn Care Calendar by Classic Lawns

A beautiful lawn does not come without some effort. Year-round care is needed to achieve that bowling green look; below is a guide to what you should be doing in each month.

These are the lazy months in your lawn care year! If weather is mild, occasionally cut the grass with the mower blades set high – to maintain about an inch of growth. Check equipment. Keep off the grass if frozen or waterlogged. Keep an eye out for any fungal diseases; treat with a suitable fungicide.

Rake the grass thoroughly using a special rake or wheeled equipment. Spike the lawn all over and apply lawn sand if necessary. Keep mower blades high and just ‘top` the grass. Remove all debris from the lawn prior to first cut.

Re-seed bare patches, apply fertilisers and moss killer towards the end of the month. Mow regularly, lowering mower blades gradually to 3/4 inch. If moss is a problem, use a good brand of lawn sand and rake up the dead moss a fortnight later.

Keep mowing, increasing the frequency as required. Treat with selective weedkillers or combined weed/feed preparations if you haven’t fed the lawn in April.

Mow lawns twice a week if possible working to a definite pattern. Water grass if necessary, remembering to soak thoroughly. A good soaking is better than frequent light watering. Trim lawn edges.

Treat grass with second application of fertiliser or weedkiller/fertiliser. Water in as necessary. Don’t crop grass too closely – raise mower blades as required.

Keep on mowing regularly and watering as necessary. Fill any cracks caused by drought with a mixture of sharp sand and soil.

Raise mower blades to allow the grass to thicken and protect roots from winter frost and snow. Increase interval between mowings. Apply Autumn-Winter fertiliser, weedkiller and moss killer.

Rake out thatch from turf and spike lawn to assist drainage. Brush in peat and sharp sand. A rotary mower with a collector is particularly useful at this time of year to collect dead or loose leaves. Continue cutting as necessary.

Use a stiff broom to remove wormcasts from the grass. Raise mower blades to allow 1 inch cut. Don’t mow if very wet as this will compact the soil and encourage waterlogging. Treat “fairyrings” with fungicide.

Rake all debris from lawns. Continue occasional cutting if weather is mild. Service your mower and any other equipment.

Classic Lawns are a respected garden machinery retailer, specialising in lawn mowers, teak garden furniture and metal garden furniture.

About the Author

Classic Lawns are a respected garden machinery retailer, specialising in lawn mowers, teak garden furniture and metal garden furniture.


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The Lawn Guys: Ecologically Sound Lawn Care for the Pacific Northwest


Ecologically Sound Lawn Care for the Pacific Northwest


Findings from the Scientific Literature and Recommendations from Turf Professionals


ABSTRACT: Turfgrass management since 1940 in the U.S. has been characterized by intensive use of synthetic chemicals including water-soluble fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Conventional practices also generate solid waste (through removal of grass clippings) and hazardous waste (leftover chemicals), and use large amounts of irrigation water, which may be wasted through overwatering or runoff.

A review of current science suggests that these practices may be harmful to human and wildlife health, and also negatively impact the turfgrass ecosystem, contributing to significant declines in populations of beneficial soil organisms, soil acidification and compaction, thatch accumulation, and diminished resistance to diseases. Interviews with turf professionals around the Pacific Northwest region and a review of scientific and technical literature indicate that a proven alternative approach exists. It is based on observation of the entire soil and grass ecosystem, appreciation that turfgrasses are sustained by the activities of soil-dwelling organisms, and understanding that this grass community is a dynamic equilibrium among many plants, invertebrates, and microbial organisms. This equilibrium can then be shaped to support the natural vigor of the grass plant and the beneficial soil organisms, and to minimize pest problems, by application of proper cultural practices.

Recommended practices include: setting realistic expectations for lawn appearance and tolerating a few weeds; proper site selection and soil preparation; using site-adapted grasses; mowing higher; leaving clippings; correcting soil deficiencies; moderate use of natural or slow-release fertilizers; irrigating deeply but infrequently; renovation practices including aeration, over-seeding, and compost topdressing; and use of the integrated pest management process.

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Key Words: turfgrass, lawn, pesticides, herbicides, earthworms, biological controls, IPM, grasscycling, compost, natural fertilizers, ecological lawn care.


David K. McDonald

December 1999

Community Services Division

Resource Conservation Section

Seattle Public Utilities


The Lawn Guys – The Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Care

The Lawn Guys

Our Friends in FL have some great ideas that also apply here in
the Pacific Northwest. When it comes to Lawn Care and Landscape
Maintenance, some things are just universal. Whether you are in
Tacoma, Puyallup, Bonnie Lake, Sumner, Orting or clear across the
country in FL, a green lawn takes work and care to keep it that
lush green we all love to see.
That said, here are a few things to consider when taking care of
your homes lawn.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Care

by Southern Care Lawns, Inc

Category: Home / Gardening    (submitted 2010-05-27)
A great lawn is part of a great yard in general. So how do you get
the lawn you’re looking for? Here are a few lawn care do’s and
don’ts from Southern Lawn Care-a professional lawn service company
that serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco.

Don’t-put too much fertilizer. Applying fertilizers on your lawn is
the first basic step in lawn care but you have to know what type of
grass you have and what plant food to use. Horticultural studies
show that the nitrogen in fertilizer can burn your lawn, and when
temperatures get higher, the likelihood of burning goes up. To
prevent damage, go for a slow-release fertilizer with lower nitrogen
content. Make sure you follow the directions carefully when applying
it to the grass.

Do-water you lawn on a consistent schedule, preferably before the
sun rises in the morning (around 5 a.m.) or late at night. Moisture
is best absorbed during these times because the temperature is
relatively cooler. If you have just planted a new lawn, you will
usually need to water once a day so the seeds can germinate and a
good solid root system can form. On average, this can last from 2-8
weeks, depending on the type and grass and season. Also, it’s best
to water deeply that watering too often. Frequent, light watering
produces a shallow-rooted lawn, and you don’t want that.

Don’t-water your lawn before mowing. Horticultural magazines will
say that that you should water your lawn a day before mowing to
avoid the ugly crowning at the tip of your grass. Watering your lawn
a day before they get mowed will give them time to recover and make
them look nicer as they start growing again. Mowing should also
depend on the type of grass’ optimal height. Recommended mowing
heights are 3 inches for tall fescue, 2 1/2 inches for perennial
ryegrass, and 1 inch for bentgrass.

Do-apply occasional pesticide or herbicide to your lawn. According
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 9 million pounds
of 2, 4-D is used on U.S. lawns every year. This pesticide is the
most commonly used pest control solution for residential and
commercial use. Grass grows best in a biologically active soil where
soil organisms like earthworms recycle plant material so that
nutrients are slowly released in the root zone of the grass. Any
excess of organisms like ants and worms can cause your grass to die
so an occasional application of pesticide-like once every 4 months,
would be good.

Do-remove excess thatch. A thatch is the partially decomposed grass
stems, roots, and leaves found between the green part of a lawn and
the surface of the soil. Thatch problems are caused by excessive
fertilizing and watering, infrequent mowing, and frequent pesticide
use. Surrounding trees and shrubs could also cause thatches,
especially if they do not receive enough water. Provide more water
to grass that have trees and shrubs nearby.

Do-design your garden efficiently. Planning is the key, taking into
account the existing environment such as trees and shrubs, plants,
sun, wind and water. The landscape design should ensure water
drainage back to the ground’s water table. Patios and walkways
should be sloped so water drains into the lawn bed.

Do-try to use organic fertilizers for your soil. This is actually
more for the environment but using organic fertilizers and plant
food decreases the release of green house gases; so it’s always good
to do your part.

Try looking at horticultural magazines for more tips on caring for
your lawn. You can also contact your most trusted lawn care
specialist in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco.
About the Author
Southern Care Lawns, Inc
Barbara Holley
PO Box 57
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Phone: (727) 934-3227
Fax: (727) 849-2711


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How to…..Prune Your Fruit Trees

Pruning of Fruit trees


With spring approaching, thoughts turn to visions of lush green foliage, brightly colored flowers and fresh garden produce.  What better way to get a jump on the spoils of the summer months than prepare your fruit trees for a healthy and productive year?  Late winter to early spring is the ideal time of year to prune your apple, cherry, peach or plum trees.

Why Prune?

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There are several reasons to prune your fruit trees.  Proper pruning can be used to improve the strength and longevity, maximize fruit production and reduce problems associated with insects and diseases.  In addition to the benefits to the tree will result in a more attractive tree that is easier to harvest and maintain.



What to Prune?

The lawn guys SumnerThe strategies for pruning trees at different ages vary, but there are some basic principles that apply to all fruit trees. The first thing to tackle is what branches to prune.  It’s important in all trees to remove all dead branches, suckers and water sprouts.  These three types of branches may be removed at any time of year and may need to be pruned several times a year and may need to be pruned several times a year to reduce potential problems.  When branches are conflicting (rub against one another), cross or grow close together, prune the weaker of the two branches.  This is where The Lawn Guys experience come in to play.  Let us help promote healthy growth this year in your landscape.




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