Choosing the Best Lawn Maintenance
It Starts With This!
Perma-Green recommends beginning each season by assessing your lawn for damage. After accounting for the previous year’s foot traffic, pests, drought, and winter stress, numerous other factors are taken into consideration. Factors include issues caused by drainage, shade, soil Ph changes, soil compaction, high foot traffic damage, pests, and thatch.
Once the lawn’s issues and problems are assessed, a strategy with best-practice solutions and treatments is developed. This strategy is the foundation of a smart Month by Month Lawn Maintenance Calendar.
Perma-Green does distinguish itself from over-the-counter treatments like Scott’s and Fertilome by using treatments that address the homeowner’s need, rather than using a one-size-fits-all mindset. For companies like Perma-Green, a full-season lawn care program is customized to meet the goals of the homeowner. These professional-grade solutions are sometimes unavailable to the public.
For instance, instead of using grub control, Perma-Green uses premium pest control that protects your lawn from other pests like the armyworm—the culprit behind devastated lawns in 2021. When comparing the cost of buying GrubEx from a big box store to what Perma-Green charges for a full-season program, the financials come out to roughly the same cost. Yet the stuff Perma-Green uses is effective all season long and isn’t harmful to earthworms, animals, family, or mother earth!
The Best NWI Lawns Have a Plan!
Perma-Green offers the below month-by-month lawn maintenance schedule as a general guideline. The best full-season lawn care packages should be customized to the unique requirements of the homeowner’s goals and lawn. Packages also vary by area, weather conditions, and other factors. For example, the weed & feed and watering practice for a Chesterton composition (sandy soil) will be quite different from Valparaiso’s diverse soil types. Actual treatments and services should be individually assessed.
September is a month where weed competition is low, temperatures begin to cool down, and moisture elevates. Core Aerating, over-seeding, and fertilizing lawns is the best way to rejuvenate your land. Ala Carte Services can exceed the cost of an annual lawn care plan, creating a compelling reason to hire a lawn care service to save money!
October & November
October & November is the general timeframe for applying fall fertilizer and winterizer. While a full-season weed & feed program builds up the health of your lawn and prepares your grass to survive the bitter NWI winter, the MVP of your month-by-month lawn care calendar is fall fertilizer and maintenance.
While we appreciate Steve Daly’s helpful hints, Daly reminds us that every lawn is unique and best practice lawn services should be customized according to your lawn’s health & environmental factors. I discovered my best lawn ever after my first season with Perma-Green. I believe PG's advice and coaching were a big part of my success. To learn more, check out this link: Choosing a Weed & Feed Plan
Purdue Turf Science | 7 Reasons to Hire Lawn Services Like Perma-Green
1. Service: It is a convenient way to maintain an attractive lawn—especially with today’s busy lifestyles
2. Expertise: Lawn care professionals understand how plants grow & what it takes to cultivate an attractive lawn
3. Simplifies the confusing task of purchasing the proper fertilizers and/or pesticides for your lawn
4. Eliminates the time-consuming task of calibrating spreaders and sprayers to accurately apply products
5. Eliminates the liability of proper fertilizer/pesticide storage, which should be stored in locked, waterproof, and ventilated areas
6. Reduces the risks to our environment caused by inexperienced homeowners applying fertilizers & pesticides to their lawns
7. Professionals can use pesticides that are not labeled for home-owner use
Lawn Maintenance | Less Than Doing It Yourself!
Choosing the right lawn maintenance is critical in Northwest Indiana. The summer’s intense heat and mid-summer drought coupled with frigid cold winters leave your lawn depleted of its nutrients. Now consider the mosaic of soil composition. The only real solution is working with a lawn maintenance company that has experience & expertise in working with the diverse challenges of your yard. While it’s no secret that a good lawn service provider can often treat your yard for less than doing it yourself, many times the treatment is ineffective because the homeowner doesn’t mow or water their land correctly.
According to Steve Daly, who operates Northwest Indiana’s oldest lawn service, having your best lawn ever is easy. Find a lawn service that can be counted on to handle the weed & feed, water correctly, and set your lawnmower to the right setting. While the Valparaiso-based lawn service offers free coaching to their full-season customers, we asked Daly for a little professional advice as to what lawn maintenance needs to be done each month of the year.
Before getting started, Daly cautions anyone from using this guide verbatim. The actual advice given to his customers varies from yard to yard. Watering instructions, for instance, depends on the previous week’s rainfall & soil composition. The right amount of watering for a lawn with a sandy composition can lead to diseases in a neighboring lawn consisting primarily of clay. In my Valparaiso neighborhood, most homes have topsoil added to the front lawns and mostly consist of clay in the backyards.
The Best Lawn Maintenance Starts When Most Quit!
So where do you begin? According to Perma-Green’s Steve Daly, the best time to start a healthy, green lawn is when everyone typically quits—the previous fall. He states, “After a long winter and wet spring, your fall fertilizer & winterizer have proven why they are considered the MVP of any full-season weed and feed program.”
Daly goes on to explain, “Besides helping your lawn by providing it with the essential nutrients needed to survive the winter, these significant fertilizers are providing your lawn with the right nutrients & amendments in early spring when it’s still too early to start a spring fertilizer treatment.”
Daly blends his real-world experience with the refinement of formal education. His undergraduate studies were conducted at Purdue University. Furthermore, his practices are certified through Purdue’s Extension and OISC.