How Seasonal Changes Can Affect Your Lawn Care Regimen

September 3, 2019

If you have a green lawn, you likely want to keep it that way. Unfortunately, Mother Nature can get in the way of your grass goals and aspirations. Here’s some information about how the weather affects the results of seasonal lawn care in Ogden, UT—and what you can do about it.

Rain

If your lawn recently received a lawn care treatment and it’s starting to rain, don’t worry! As surprising as it may seem to believe rainwater won’t wash product away, the rain actually helps active granular material in the soil. Even the heaviest downpour is okay. Because the tiny granules dissolve quickly, hardly any of the lawn treatment product will float away or get diluted. The exception to this is if you use a liquid weed control product. In this case, be sure the liquid weed killer has at least a few hours to settle before rainfall. Rain is not a problem once the product has had time to settle.

Performing lawn care treatment in wet weather is possible, as long as you keep alert to weather predictions of rainstorms. For instance, an unusually rainy spring and summer may cause a pre-emergent product to not perform as well as it would in normal conditions. Also, rain and high humidity can cause lawn disease or brown patches due to too much moisture.

Drought

A lack of rainwater can have detrimental effects on your treated lawn. Drought conditions make it challenging for weed control products to work well, because the weeds need to be actively growing in order for the product to work. Chinch bugs and other surface feeding insects can also stress a lawn, and they will become more noticeable if your lawn is dry. Drought can also mask symptoms of lawn problems and accelerate new and existing damage.

Excessive heat

Excessive and prolonged hot weather can wreak havoc on your lawn. Heat wilts grass, making it easier for weeds to grow through and take over. Unlike grass and other desirable turf, weeds can thrive in less-than-ideal growing conditions, such as excessive heat. Similar to drought conditions, you’ll encounter more surface insect problems, like a booming chinch bug population. Be aware that, when combined, heat and moisture create a breeding ground for pests and disease.

When excessive heat sticks around for long periods of time, lawns start to thin, and some lawns that thin won’t recover. So, while turf may recover after a few weeks in drought conditions, lawns in hot, dry conditions for more than a few weeks tend to run into trouble. Contact a lawn care company as soon as possible to remedy turf stress caused by heat.

Cold

The bitter winter cold slows plant growth, meaning weed control products won’t be as effective as they normally would be. It’s for this reason that it’s recommended to wait until the end of February to perform lawn care treatments, or do it before mid-December. The good news is that pests and diseases aren’t as prevalent in cold weather.

For more information about seasonal lawn care in Ogden, UT, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Ogden Lawn & Garden.

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