Did you know the lawn care services industry is worth almost $117 billion?

With such a large industry, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with options — whether you want to maintain your lawn or hire someone to do it. That’s where this guide comes in, though. The best lawn care checklist is actually one that has a mixture of both DIY care and professional maintenance.

Read on to learn about putting together a lawn care plan of your very own.

Clean up Debris

New Jersey is a state that experiences all four seasons, meaning you’re going to see things like falling leaves or dead grass, trees, and shrubbery throughout the year. During the winter, it might not be essential to clean up your yard regularly, but once the warm weather kicks in and spring starts, it’s important to clear it all up. This is going to encourage new growth and fresh life.

Here are a few things that should be part of your cleaning schedule:

  • Remove debris like trash, fallen limbs and branches, pinecones, acorns, rocks
  • Remove dead plants and plant growth
  • Rake up twigs and dead leaves
  • Inspect your lawn, plants, trees, and shrubs for signs of invasive insects and other pests.

Spending an afternoon tending to your lawn is enough to leave it looking fresh, and it’s also enough to encourage new growth for warm days ahead.

Do You Need a Watering Schedule?

You might think hydration is the key to a healthy lawn, but this isn’t always the case. As the weather warms up, you can expect rainy days to settle in pretty quickly.

If you’re going through a dry spell, you can water your lawn once or twice a week, but it isn’t always vital to the health of your grass — especially if your lawn is well established.

Mowing Matters

How you mow and how often you do it does matter, especially if it’s growing quickly.

You should be careful to not cut it too short, as longer grass can withstand stress like heat and bright sun for longer periods of time. It can also help repel common lawn diseases, like blight or fungus.

To mow properly, you should do it in a different pattern each time. It can help to avoid compacting your soil, and it actually helps the grass to grow evenly. It’s also important to maintain your lawnmower, meaning keeping the blades sharp and performing seasonal maintenance.

If you don’t feel like keeping up with the maintenance your lawn requires, though, you can always supplement this part by hiring a professional to take care of things.

Don’t Forget to Weed

A lawn filled with dandelions and other weeds probably isn’t on anyone’s wishlist. Healthy grass is great for keeping away invasive weeds, but there are other things you can do to keep them out of your yard.

Start with a fertilizer that’s going to help your grass grow while keeping weeds at bay. Also, instead of ripping out weeds whenever you see them, you can instead grab a shovel and hand dig them out. If you want to avoid strain, try a long-handled weeding tool.

Be sure to act upon dandelions before they sprout, as those small white puffs are actually seeds waiting to spread themselves further around your yard. The same spreading can happen if you use your weed-filled grass clippings as mulch, so make sure your lawn is relatively weed-free before you take up that method of mulching.

Do You Fertilize?

Next, do you fertilize your yard? If you choose this method of growth aid for your yard, it’s important to ensure you’re using the right product. New Jersey fertilizer laws can stringent, which is why hiring a service to assist with this step might be the proper move.

They’ll know whether or not your lawn needs fertilizer, and when it’s necessary. They understand your grass’s dormant seasons, and they whether it’s a cool-season or warm-season grass.

You’re also losing out on the risk of over-fertilizing your lawn, which is a big time-saver for everyone involved.

Repair Where Necessary

It’s important to repair your lawn when necessary as well. Even the most well-kept lawns are going to need a repair at some point, and there are a few things you can do.

Be sure to overseed in the spring to encourage growth, and also add mulch or compost-rich soil where you’re able. Remember, your lawn is going to need extra water for at least two weeks after you lay seed, so be sure to keep up with it.

You should only overseed the thinning areas, and remember to lay your seed as evenly as possible to avoid overgrowth.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Finally, if there are parts of this schedule that you know you can’t maintain, then your best bet is to bring in a professional. Not only will they know your lawn better than you do, but they’ll be able to create a custom plan to keep it looking fresh and maintained all year long.

If you don’t have the necessary tools to tend to lawn care, hiring a team of professionals will also save you the hassle of having to purchase or rent the things you’ll need for regular maintenance.

Ready to Get Started With Your Lawn Care Plan?

Now that we’ve gone over the basics of creating a lawn care plan, it’s time for you to get started. Remember, your lawn care plan is going to depend on your yard and its specific needs. It’s important that you understand its necessities before getting started with everything.

Sometimes, though, it’s easier to leave it all to the professionals. That’s where Landscape Renovations can help. Contact us to set up your lawn care plan and get started today.