May 01 2018

The Summer Lawn Care Checklist from IPHCS

After a harsh New Jersey winter, you deserve a bright green lawn in spring and summer. Your lawn is the heart of your landscape, the single most important element for curb appeal and the foreground for your entire home. That’s a lot to take care of, but don’t worry, Integrated Plant Health Care Systems (IPHCS) is here to help with our summer lawn care checklist.

1. Fertilization

Spring is the time to fertilize your lawn for the warm season ahead. Fertilizer is what gives the grass its nutrients, which, in turn, creates that beautiful shade of green you seek in summer.

2. Crabgrass and Weed Control

Unfortunately, the lush scenery of summer is often accompanied by invasive plants such as crabgrass and broadleaf weeds. Both of these nuisances can be very difficult to control once they start growing, which is why we use specially formulated herbicides to keep them at bay.

3. Insect and Mosquito Control

Ants, fleas, mosquitos and other pests are not only damaging to your lawn, but also hazardous to your family. Mosquitos, for example, are known carriers of malaria, the West Nile virus, Zika and many other diseases. Just like we do with weeds, IPHCS uses natural, environmentally friendly formulas to minimize insect infestations in your lawn.

4. Grub Control

It’s common to find a lawn grub here and there, especially in summer. However, if you notice dead patches of grass and/or many active grubs when you pull back a section of soil, take action immediately and call a professional. Grubs are the larvae of beetles; they feast in summer, hibernate in fall and winter, and come back as beetles in spring. Applying a grub control product proactively can help you avoid a two-fold, two-year infestation.

5. Lime Applications

Liming your lawn means adding ground limestone rock to the soil, which helps to neutralize acidity so that your grass can receive its nutrients. Because spring and summer in New Jersey are relatively rainy, most lawns here need lime. That said, lime is not a substitute for fertilizer, but rather, a soil amendment to improve the health of your lawn.

Are you looking for ways to enjoy a greener, fuller lawn this summer? IPHCS can combine all of the above and more into a holistic annual lawn care program. Call us at 908-393-8330 to learn more.