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Now or Later? When is the Best Time to Fix My Lawn?

Posted by Rob Reindl on Nov 26, 2019 8:23:00 AM

lawn technician inspecting lawnIf you have a lawn that isn’t looking too great, you might be wondering about the best time to fix a lawn. That is, what makes sense to do now—and what can (or should) wait. After all, if you’re considering investing in a professional lawn care service in Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or Northern Kentucky, it’s important to you make sure that you are investing wisely.

First and foremost, we commend you for your quest to understand the best time to repair a lawn. You are wise to contemplate timing as lawn care really is all about the proper timing.

When it comes to Now or Later? the answer is really dependent upon the time of year that you might be reading this article and making your inquiry. For that reason, we’ve broken this article into different seasons.

(In order to get the answer to your question, scroll down to the time frame in which you’re reading this, and click to jump to those sections.)

Early Spring (Our Visit Round 1)

The official “beginning” of each new lawn care season is the early spring. But that’s not to say that you can’t start a lawn care program at any time. As with any season, there are certain services that are best performed now and others that can wait. 

lawn technician spraying lawn in early spring

Perform Now

  • Preemergent crabgrass control 
  • Broadleaf weed control (once temperatures allow)
  • Fertilizer and soil health bionutrition

Perform Later

  • Aeration and overseeding
  • Surface insect control for chinch bugs and bill bugs 
  • Preventative grub control 

Note: As eager as you may be to start filling in bare spots your lawn may have, the best time to seed the lawn is actually in the fall, which we explain in more depth here.

Late Spring (Our Visit Round 2)

If you are starting your lawn care efforts in the late spring and missed the first round of treatments, then you’ve missed an early application of preemergent for crabgrass. That doesn’t mean you should hold off on starting a lawn care program

It just means that there is a good chance you may have additional crabgrass breakthrough in summer. Late spring is still a great time to get started on a lawn care program and we still have time to get late-season preemergent down for a substantial level of prevention. 

lawn crabgrass in late spring

If the crabgrass breakthrough is minimal, we include post emergent crabgrass control materials to touch up some areas in the summer.

Perform Now

  • Crabgrass control booster 
  • Broadleaf weed control
  • Fertilizer and soil health bionutrition
  • Surface insect control for chinch bugs and bill bugs  

Perform Later

  • Aeration and overseeding
  • Preventative grub control

Early Summer (Our Visit Round 3)

With the summer weather comes some changes to your lawn care program. If you are just getting started with our lawn care program, you have missed the window for pre-emergent to prevent crabgrass and may already have a problem with it. 

We can address this with a post-emergent material this summer and next year focus on preventing it. Since the preventative treatments in your lawn care program were missed, there may be an additional charge if you need to treat a substantial portion of your lawn with post emergent.

lawn technician spraying lawn weed control in early summer

However, you’re still in good shape to begin a program to prevent destructive grub damage and address some other concerns.

Perform Now

  • Broadleaf weed control
  • Post emergent crabgrass control
  • Guaranteed grub control 
  • Nutsedge control
  • Guaranteed surface insect control for chinch bugs and bill bugs 
  • Fertilizer and soil health bionutrition

Perform Later

  • Crabgrass prevention
  • Aeration and overseeding

Late Summer (Our Visit Round 4)

The late summer is one of the most difficult times of the year for a lawn as it often has to deal with extreme heat stress. On top of that, if you have not already had your lawn treated with a proactive lawn care program then your lawn might also be facing issues such as insect damage or the spread of invasive weeds. 

lawn technician fertilizing lawn in summer

For that reason, you might be thinking about the best time to renovate the lawn—and more specifically, what you can do right now.

Perform Now

  • Broadleaf weed control
  • Surface insect control 
  • Crabgrass post emergent (additional charge if you didn’t receive the preventative treatments in spring)
  • Nutsedge control
  • Fertilizer and soil health bionutrition
  • Curative grub control (if you have active grub damage)

Perform Later

  • Crabgrass prevention
  • Guaranteed grub control
  • Aeration and overseeding

Early Fall (Our Visit Round 5)

As temperatures change once again, so does our lawn care program. If you are just starting a lawn care program now, it’s pointless to treat for crabgrass. If you have some of it, note that it’s going to die off with the first frost. 

Next season, be sure you prevent that nuisance weed in the first place. While crabgrass control has ceased, this is actually the best time of year to have an impact on some of the more difficult-to-control broadleaf weeds such as wild violets and ground ivy. lawn technician aerating lawn in fall

Now is also the ideal time for aeration and overseeding.

Perform Now

  • Broadleaf weed control
  • Fertilizer and soil health bionutrition
  • Aeration and overseeding

Perform Later

  • Preemergent crabgrass control 
  • Insect controls chinch bugs and bill bugs 

Late Fall (Our Round 6)

This is the time for a final round of lawn care treatments for the season. Although it’s now too late to seed (as dropping temperatures will make it difficult for grass to survive), it’s not too late to aerate! 

lawn technician fertilizing lawn in fall

This is also a great time to control those difficult-to-control weeds if the fall temperatures allow. Though you might feel discouraged about signing on late, wondering if it’s even worth it, this is honestly the best time to get rid of weeds. If you don’t do it now and you just hold off, your lawn is going to look even worse come spring. But by getting started now, you really are giving yourself a very valuable head start. Properly feeding the lawn at this time of year will ensure the lawn has the nutrients it needs to continue to develop a healthy root system through the winter months. 

Perform Now

  • Broadleaf weed control 
  • Fertilizer and soil health bionutrition
  • Aeration

Perform Later

  • Crabgrass preemergent and control
  • Insect controls for chinch bugs and bill bugs 
  • Overseeding

Winter

If you’re reading this article and it’s the winter, then now is the perfect time to start talking with lawn care companies in Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or Northern Kentucky about what they can offer you. The great thing about talking to a lawn care company now is that they can assure you a spot on their schedule. 

It is also one less thing for you to worry about when spring rolls around. The last thing that you want to do is put this off even longer and get a late start with a lawn care program

Honestly, around here, sometimes spring-like temperatures can start as soon as February and you’ll start to see early weed growth. Don’t procrastinate and get stuck in a last-minute scramble. This will also help your company tremendously as it allows them to better prepare for the upcoming season by ordering the proper products and getting you added to the schedule. 

The fact that you’re even thinking about it now is commendable! Use this time to do some research and make your educated decision on a company that is best for you. Come spring, you’ll be ready to go.

Best Time to Repair a Lawn

You may have noticed an overarching theme no matter what time of year you are reading this article and that is the fact that NOW is always a good time to get started when it comes to repairing your lawn. There is pretty much something that can always be done and putting this off further is really not going to do you any good. You’re only continually setting yourself (and your lawn) back.

Oasis Turf & Tree lawn care sign in beautiful lawnBecause there is an ideal timing for everything, it’s important that you hire a lawn care company that takes timing into account and switches up its products and services throughout the year. 

At Oasis Turf & Tree, this is exactly what we do, paying close attention to what your lawn needs no matter what the season. And all year-round we are applying fertilizer and introducing valuable bionutritional materials to improve your soil health

This means that even during those times of year that we cannot perform certain services we are still improving the health of your lawn in a very beneficial way. This means that when the timing is right for other services, they’ll be even more effective.

Though it may be tempting to put off your lawn care, it will ultimately only make it take longer to get your lawn into good health. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!

Want to learn more about professional lawn care services for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio or Northern Kentucky lawn? Request your quote, choose the lawn care program that’s right for you, and then sit back and relax as the pros help you get your lawn into great shape.

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