As August winds down, your mind starts turning to fall and all that comes with it. You may believe that your lawn care is less of a priority as summer closes. However, August is one of the most important months for lawn care. This is because now is the time to address any wear and tear from the peak of summer and rebuild your lawn’s roots in the fall so it can return successfully next year. If you want a beautiful yard in May, your work begins in August. Scientific Plant Service can provide you with the essential treatments you need for lawn care in August. Contact our team today if your property can benefit from the following services.
Fertilization at summer’s end will benefit your lawn during the next growing season. During the end of summer temperatures and rainfall moderate making it the ideal time to provide essential nutrients. By applying fertilizer, you give your yard what it needs to recuperate from summer’s stresses. Providing nutrients will ensure a more vibrant, lush and healthy lawn next spring.
Aerate Your Lawn
Summertime spent out on your lawn hosting parties or playing games can take a toll on your soil. Soil can become compacted, which means air and nutrients cannot reach deeply into the ground. If your soil is compacted, aeration loosens the soil by removing cores and redistributing them onto the lawn. The soil cores will then decompose and help combat excess thatch.
Stop Thatch Problems
Thatch can be found between growing grass and the soil underneath. It’s not always a problem, but it can smother your grass when left unchecked. Thatch is full of microorganisms that are beneficial for healthy plant growth. You don’t have to worry if thatch is less than half an inch thick. However, if it’s thicker, you want to remove it so your grass is not blocked from receiving the air and nutrients it needs.
Overseeding can be an essential part of lawn care in August. Throughout the hot, dry summer, your lawn may have formed patches of dead grass. If you want to grow new grass, the middle of August through the middle of September is a great time to do so. After applying grass seed, loosely rake the area and top-dress with mulch or compost. The final and very important step is to press the seed into the soil. Seed/soil contact is critical for successful seed germination. Overseeding also works best when your lawn is not compacted, so it may be necessary to aerate before you start.
Applying thoughtful lawn care in August can help you tend to your lawn and prepare it for fall, winter, and spring months.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.