Simple Summer Lawns
Keeping your lawn a lush and healthy oasis during the hot summer months is a breeze with regular maintenance and the help of Agway products.
Lawn-care maintenance involves three simple tasks: watering, mowing and fertilizing.
The best time to water is in the morning because it gives the grass a chance to dry. Watering in the evening doesn't allow enough time for grass to dry, and the excess moisture can encourage diseases.
Regular mowing is absolutely necessary to maintain the health and appearance of your yard. It also discourages weeds and pests.
Cut grass often enough so that no more than one-third of the total grass height is removed at one time. In the summer, it's best to leave the grass with a little more height. A taller height helps shade the soil, which reduces water requirements and lessens heat stress on the grass. Typically, Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescue grass should be kept at a height of 2 to 3 inches tall.
Fertilizing your lawn is another key to maintaining the brilliant greens of a well-nourished lawn. The three major nutrients that are the key to green are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
All three nutrients are essential in lawn care because they enhance color, promote quick roots and seeding, improve winter hardiness, and reduce the risk of disease. All three nutrients can be found in Agway Fertilizer products.
Year-round maintenance will ensure a great lawn come summer. Agway carries a four-step lawn-care program. With a balanced blend of fertilization, weed control and insect control, keeping your yard healthy is a snap.
Stage 1: March and May
Stage 1 prevents crabgrass all season long. It should be applied between the months of March and May.
Stage 2: May and August
The second fertilizer in the program, Stage 2, is a weed controller that should be applied between May and August.
Stage 3: September and December
Stage 3 Promotes root development and disease resistance. It should be applied anytime between September and December.
Step 4: Fall Fertilizer
To complete the program, Stage 4 is a fall fertilizer formulated to prep your plants for winter by promoting hardiness.
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