Four Seasons Lawn Maintenance | Serving Athens, Georgia & surrounding areas.

Tips

Tips for All Four Seasons

January- February (winter):

1

Good time to plant or transplant any type of shrubs and trees.

2

While the trees are dormant, limb up any low hanging limbs.

3

Cut back crape myrtles prior to its new growth (6 inches above last years cut).

4

Cut back liriope and other ornamental grasses.

5

Start cutting your lawn lower each time until spring. This will remove all the dead grass that is there and will help the new grass establish better in spring.

6

Remove any leaf/limb debris on the grass areas (if not, you lawn is more likely to have a hard time establishing its new growth in the spring).

7

After the leaves are up, it is a good time to mulch or pine straw all the beds. The groundcover will act as a blanket to hold in moisture for the shrubs and trees.

8

Apply pre-emergent/post-emergent weed controls. This will aid in the prevention of broad leaf weeds and annual crabgrass.

March-April-May (early to late spring):

1

March: Scalp lawn as low as the mower setting will allow without damaging the root system of the turf (this does not include centipede or fescue grasses).

2

De-thatch lawn. This removes all the thatch build up that covers the ground. If it isn’t removed, the new leaf growth of the turf will have a hard time sprouting. Determining the amount of thatch build up a lawn may have, depends if a bagger is used while mowing (recommended) or is discharged back onto the lawn.

3

Aerate lawn: the working of the turfs soil without destruction of the turf. (aerate by: coring, slitting, grooving, hole punching, forking, sliding, or spiking).

4

Fertilize lawn. This will help ensure a quicker-green up.

April-May:

1

Plant annuals, perennials and other bedding plants mid to late April. Planting during this time will help to avoid any more frost.

2

With the onset of warmer temperatures, fertilize your lawn to enhance the color of your turf.

3

Make sure all of the above is complete by this time. In June it will be too late for any major renovations due to the warmer temperatures.

June-July-August (summer):

1

Water lawn. Please review your counties regulations before watering.

2

Prune shrubs as needed (if you remove too much it may cause permanent damage to the plant).

3

Fertilize your lawn to establish a healthy root growth.

4

Spot treat weeds. Too many weeds will damage the existing turf.

5

As the summer temperatures begin to get hotter, raise mowing height to prevent scalping.

September-October-November (fall):

1

Plant perennials for fall color. Once temperatures cool down, replace warm season annuals with pansies.

2

Remove leaf and limb debris at all times.

3

This is a good time to install cool season’s grasses (fescue and winter rye). For best results, aerate and fertilize lawn before installation.

4

Apply an application of pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control to aid in the prevention of annual winter weeds.

December (winter):

1

Plant bulbs for spring growth.

2

Cut back all perennials that die after the first frost.

3

Remove all leaf and limb debris.

4

Plant trees while they are dormant. This will allow the root system to be ready in the spring.

5

Cut back shrubs heavily (if needed).

6

Apply lime to turf. This conditions the soil and helps balance the ph levels.