Tips for Bringing Your Lawn to Life in Atlanta

Lawns are alive and, much like ourselves, have certain nutritional needs- and thrive in nurturing habitats. A healthy lawn can be very charming; full of life and vibrantly colored. Also much like ourselves, they can succumb to diseases that can cause many unsightly conditions, or complete death, for some parts of the turf. Bald spots are very unattractive, and sadly common, as a number of factors can lead these notorious patches. These patches can be hard to deal with, especially when the cause is unknown. They have been attributed to:

  • Destructive bugs, ravenous birds, and fungi.
  • Dryness and malnutrition, caused by very cold or hot weather, with little precipitation.
  • Lawn diseases
  • Mold
  • If you live in a neighborhood where your neighbors are consistently walking their animals through your yard, then pet waste can also be a factor.

For each factor, there is evidence you can use to help diagnose the problem. If a bald patch is encircled by a ring of fungi (also called a fairy circle), then the fungi is most likely the cause of the localized damage. The problem can be solved by simply digging the fungi out of the ground and replacing the malnourished topsoil, spreading seed afterward. Caterpillars are among the top pests known to debilitate turf, this is, of course, due to their incredible appetites. Check the concerning areas for chew marks, or munching stragglers; the area will also grow a bit each day, in an irregular shape. An abundance of worms and caterpillars can also attract an abundance of birds, who will peck and scrape at the landscape to get their grub. Birds are normally beneficial, however if large numbers are coming to your lawn to feed, exclusively, then they will frenzy for food. To bring burrowers to the surface, mix dish detergent with water, 1 – 2 oz per gallon, and pour it over the area. Subterranean pests will dig out to the surface to avoid contact with the mixture; after they do, their fate is up to you. As usual, replace damaged topsoil, and reseed the area. In the case of damage due to pet waste, you can dilute the affected areas and the grass will return with your help.

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Weeds are not only a leading contributor to lawn death in Atlanta, but they are also the number one sign of an unhealthy lawn. The fact of the matter is, weeds will not grow in a strong, healthy lawn. The best approach is to boost your turf’s natural “immune system” by giving it vitamins and minerals it needs. Applying fertilizer will inspire growth, and eventually the grass will “choke out” the weeds- that is, if the weeds don’t die from overgrowth, first. Weeds cannot sustain the growth they experience when treated with fertilizer and the roots will soon be unable to keep them alive. Product choice is very important, for example, an all inclusive bug killer will not only kill pest, but it will also eliminate beneficial insects. For some reason, these beneficial bugs are less eager to return to your lawn after removal than the pests that cause damage- so keep them safe! 

The weather here in Atlanta can be unpredictable and unforgiving. Climatic damage and grass diseases may seem too overwhelming a force to overcome, but there is help. During dry periods, it is best to water your lawn less often and more deeply. Dry soil will not allow shallow water to reach the roots. When it comes to grass diseases, seek help from a certified landscaper or local farmers and gardeners. Diagnosing a disease and finding the proper treatment are practices these individuals are trained in; they can often offer you great connections for lawn care service quotes in Atlanta. They can give you personal opinions and lawn care service reviews, as well as ideas for affordable treatment plans.