Landscaping Olympia WA

Lawn Restoration

Restoring lawns when they go dormant

Restoring a lawn after wintertime is an essential part of maintaining a lush and healthy lawn. The first step is to assess the damage and determine the extent of any winter damage. Winter can cause a range of problems for lawns, including thinning, dead spots, and weed growth. To address these issues, you'll need to take a multi-step approach.

The first step in restoring your lawn after wintertime is to remove any debris that may have accumulated on your lawn over the winter months, such as leaves, branches, and twigs. These items can block sunlight and air circulation, preventing the grass from receiving the nutrients it needs to thrive. Once you've cleared the debris, you'll need to dethatch your lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead grass and other organic material that accumulates on the soil's surface over time, and it can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the grass roots.

After you've cleared away debris and dethatched your lawn, you'll need to aerate the soil. Aerating your lawn involves punching small holes in the soil to improve air circulation and water drainage. This process also allows the grass roots to penetrate deeper into the soil, promoting healthier growth. Once you've aerated your lawn, you can fertilize it with a slow-release fertilizer. This type of fertilizer will provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy throughout the spring and summer months.

Finally, you'll need to water your lawn regularly, especially during the first few weeks after restoring it. This will help the grass roots to establish themselves and encourage healthy growth. Overall, restoring your lawn after wintertime requires a bit of effort, but the results are worth it. By following these steps, you'll have a lush, healthy lawn that you can enjoy all season long.

Summertime restoration

Restoring a lawn after it has gone dormant in the summertime requires a slightly different approach than restoring a lawn after wintertime. When a lawn goes dormant in the summer, it means that the grass has stopped growing and has turned brown or yellow due to lack of water and heat stress. Restoring your lawn after summer dormancy involves rehydrating the soil, providing nutrients, and encouraging new growth.

The first step in restoring your lawn after summer dormancy is to water it deeply and thoroughly. This will rehydrate the soil and encourage the grass roots to start growing again. It's essential to water your lawn deeply, as shallow watering can lead to shallow root growth, which makes your lawn more susceptible to drought stress. You should aim to water your lawn at least once a week, providing it with one inch of water.

Next, you'll need to fertilize your lawn with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen is essential for promoting new growth, and a high-nitrogen fertilizer will provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to recover from summer dormancy. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying fertilizer to your lawn, as over-fertilizing can damage your grass.

After fertilizing your lawn, you'll need to mow it regularly. This will help to encourage new growth and keep your lawn looking neat and tidy. When mowing your lawn, be sure to cut no more than one-third of the grass blade length at a time. Cutting more than this can cause stress on the grass and make it more susceptible to disease and pests.

Finally, it's important to keep an eye out for weeds and pests, as they can quickly take over a weakened lawn. You can control weeds by applying an herbicide, and you can control pests by using an insecticide. However, it's important to use these products sparingly and only when necessary, as they can also harm beneficial insects and pollinators.

In summary, restoring a lawn after it has gone dormant in the summertime requires rehydration, fertilization, regular mowing, and pest and weed control. By following these steps, you can encourage new growth and restore your lawn to its healthy, lush state.


Restoring a lawn after wintertime:

  • Clear debris and dethatch the lawn.
  • Aerate the soil to improve air circulation and water drainage.
  • Fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer to provide nutrients.
  • Water regularly to encourage healthy growth.

Restoring a lawn after summertime dormancy:

  • Water deeply and thoroughly to rehydrate the soil.
  • Fertilize with a high-nitrogen fertilizer to promote new growth.
  • Mow regularly to encourage growth and maintain neatness.
  • Watch for pests and weeds and use control products sparingly if necessary.

My yard look great thanks to Mint. I couldn't get my lawn to grow even and I had a terrible weed problem. Mint took care of the weeds and fertilized, aerated, and thatched. Now my yard is the best looking in my neighborhood.

A. Quentin
Lacey, WA

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