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Step-By-Step Guide For A Perfect Lawn In Virginia

The experts at Potomac Lawn Professionals have been creating idyllic lawns in the D.C. metro area since 2012. Ever since we helped our first customer, friends and neighbors have been asking us how we create such perfect lawns. Considering that our goal has always been to create perfect lawns in Virginia, we thought we would share our expertise so that everyone in the area can have a healthy and vibrant lawn!

 

This guide is designed to help you attain a better understanding of what it takes to create a picturesque lawn. Most of the services listed are part of our full property maintenance package. While the services and tasks listed in this guide can be performed by a capable DIY expert, it does take a lot of skill, time, and resources to create and maintain the highest quality lawns. Our specialists implement a hybrid turf care program that utilizes premium organic and chemical fertilization products, and we use top of the line equipment to keep your turf trimmed and neat every week. We highly recommend using a professional lawn care service, like Potomac Lawn Professionals, if you are looking to create the perfect lawn on your property.

 

Though this guide will help you maintain a beautiful lawn, some yards struggle to even begin growing turf every season. If you are looking to start a new lawn from scratch, our sodding services can certainly help! We can deliver and install premium sod that will instantly give your yard a new, lush lawn. We also provide a wide variety of other landscaping services in Virginia, such as mulch installation, garden maintenance, pruning, and more, that will make your yard turn heads all year long! Call us at (703) 533-5296 today, and get one step closer to having the perfect lawn and yard!

Early Spring

  • Before any other service can begin, our spring leaf cleanup takes care of any leaves and tree debris that have fallen onto your lawn over winter.
  • Raking and leaf blowing are performed to get your lawn cleared and ready for other treatments.
  • For large commercial properties, mulching of leaves can be performed for a quick leaf removal service that can also improve soil quality.
  • As your lawn begins to re-emerge for the year, between February and March, we apply small amounts of an appropriate early-season fertilizer via spoon-feeding applications.
  • Pre-emergent crabgrass control is applied to make sure unwanted crabgrass growth is stopped before it even begins. 
  • Any broadleaf weeds that have already emerged will also be treated at this time.

Spring

  • To start our second turf care visit of the year, we introduce beneficial sulfate, potash, and micronutrients to your lawn’s soil. 
  • We return later in the springtime to apply a follow-up treatment of pre-emergent to prevent crabgrass.
  • Post-emergent weed control is applied again at this step to any broadleaf and grassy weeds that have emerged since our previous visit.
  • In April, we begin our weekly mowing routines to keep your yard consistently and uniformly trimmed all year. 
  • Grass clippings are recycled into your lawn as we mow for a natural fertilizer.
  • Turf height is kept at 2.5-3.5 inches. Only the top ⅓ of your lawn is removed. 
  • Blades are kept sharp and clean to reduce the transmission of fungi.
  • Edging is performed once per month along walkways and hardscapes.
  • Line trimming is performed for hard to reach areas. 
  • Watering can be performed every other day early in the year. Each zone should receive between 15-30 minutes of watering. 
  • Water early in the morning, and allow a heavy rainfall to replace a watering session.

Early Summer

  • When the summer sun starts to warm your turf, pests will start looking for lawns to invade. To prevent any such invasion, we apply an insecticide fertilizer and grub control treatment at this time. 
  • Weed control efforts continue in early summer, which include a focus on controlling broadleaf weeds, sedges, and grassy weeds that have already emerged.
  • Weekly mowing schedule continues through this step.
  • Grass clippings are recycled into your lawn as we mow for a natural fertilizer.
  • Turf height is kept at 2.5-3.5 inches. Only the top ⅓ of your lawn is removed.
  • Blades are kept sharp and clean to reduce the transmission of fungi.
  • Edging is performed once per month along walkways and hardscapes.
  • Line trimming is performed for hard to reach areas. 
  • Watering can be reduced to 2-3 times per week. Each zone should receive between 15-30 minutes of watering. 
  • Water early in the morning, and allow a heavy rainfall to replace a watering session.

Mid Summer

  • This time of year is ideal for an application of our organic soil conditioner, which includes humic acid, kelp, and other natural micronutrients that are not found in a traditional fertilizer product. 
  • Weed control efforts continue in early summer, which include a focus on controlling broadleaf weeds, sedges, and grassy weeds that have already emerged.
  • At our discretion, mowing may be switched to a bi-weekly schedule at this step.
  • Mowing directions may be alternated to avoid turf stress. 
  • Grass clippings are recycled into your lawn as we mow for a natural fertilizer.
  • Turf height is kept at 2.5-3.5 inches. Only the top ⅓ of your lawn is removed.
  • Blades are kept sharp and clean to reduce the transmission of fungi.
  • Edging is performed once per month along walkways and hardscapes.
  • Line trimming is performed for hard to reach areas. 
  • Water 2-3 times per week. Each zone should receive between 15-30 minutes of watering. 
  • Water early in the morning, and allow a heavy rainfall to replace a watering session.

Early Fall

  • At this step, core aeration should be performed to reduce soil compaction, allow water and nutrients to be better absorbed, and help fertilization and seeding efforts achieve maximum results. 
  • Seeding with premium fescue seed is performed at the time of aeration, as the core aeration process creates the ideal environment for seedling germination in fall.
  • As fall approaches, we apply a fertilizer that is designed to promote new seed germination and root growth. 
  • For fall applications, granular fertilizers are often preferred due to their slow-release nature and ability to reach the soil through scattered leaf debris. 
  • At this point, weed control treatments will focus mainly on emerged broadleaf weeds.
  • Grass clippings are recycled into your lawn as we mow for a natural fertilizer.
  • Turf height is kept at 2.5-3.5 inches. Only the top ⅓ of your lawn is removed.
  • Blades are kept sharp and clean to reduce the transmission of fungi.
  • Line trimming is performed for hard to reach areas. 
  • Water 2-3 times per week. Each zone should receive between 15-30 minutes of watering. 
  • Water early in the morning, and allow a heavy rainfall to replace a watering session.
  • Watering of newly seeded areas must take place for up to three weeks (even if the rest of the lawn stops growing).

Late Fall

  • When your lawn begins to enter into the dormant months, we revert back to spoon-feeding smaller doses of fertilizer to your turf. 
  • This step should include the final post-emergent weed control treatment of the year.
  • Our weekly mowing service typically ends in November because turf growth largely halts by this point.
  • If turf growth continues at this step, weekly mowing should continue until it stops. 
  • Watering is not typically needed/recommended this late in the year.
  • Raking and leaf blowing are performed to get your lawn cleared before winter weather arrives.
  • For large commercial properties, mulching of leaves can be performed for a quick leaf removal service that can also improve soil quality.

Winter

  • During our winter visit, between December and January, we apply lime and other mineral supplements that will winterize your turf and help balance your lawn’s pH level. 
  • This treatment is sure to give your lawn the best chance it can have to survive the harsh winter conditions.

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Potomac Lawn Professionals is here to answer your lawn care needs. We know how big a difference having a well-kept lawn can be on a home or commercial building. There are countless different steps to caring for your lawn and trying to do them all yourself can be a huge hassle and money sink if done wrong. Leave it to the lawn professionals to provide the right service for your lawn at the right time.

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