How to Control Dollar Spot in an Effective Way

Circular, sunken patches of straw-colored grass, no bigger than the size of a silver dollar. While an American coin inspired the name dollar spot, it’s only fitting that this lawn fungus comes with a cost. If left untreated, dollar spot can rapidly spread across lawns and eat away at grass roots, leading to bare spots throughout the lawn and breeding grounds for weeds and pests to thrive.

In the event that a lawn becomes infected, the best way to get dollar spot under control is the use of fungicides. Some fungicides on the market are of course more effective than others — and we’re here to help make those distinctions.

Boscalid & Flutolanil

Boscalid and flutolanil are two fungicides that can effectively treat dollar spot in the short term. From a long-term perspective, however, the story changes. There is a high risk that dollar spot will adapt to the boscalid and flutolanil over time and essentially learn how to outsmart their control measures. So even if more fungicides are applied, dollar spot will grow in spite of them.

Chlorothalonil & Mancozeb

Unlike boscalid and flutolanil, chlorothalonil and mancozeb are at low risk for dollar spot becoming resistant to them. While this bodes well for the long-term stability of the products, the problem is that neither of these fungicides is particularly effective in the first place. So while the fungicides will deliver the same results over time, these results tend to be lackluster.

Propiconazole & Fludioxonil

Propiconazole and fludioxonil offer the best of both worlds — high effectiveness with a low risk of lawn disease resistance. In other words, these fungicides effectively kill dollar spot fast so it doesn’t have an opportunity to adapt to disease control measures and work around them. This can be attributed to the fact that propiconazole and fludioxonil penetrate tissues to provide long-lasting, systemic control from the grass roots to the top of the plants.

The Lush Lawn Treatment Plan for Dollar Spot

At Lush Lawn & Safari Tree, we use the most effective fungicides on the market (propiconazole and fludioxonil) to remove dollar spot from yards across Michigan. To achieve the best results, we apply these fungicide sprays multiple times a year, ensuring each spray covers an extensive area to eradicate any sources of the lawn disease.

In many cases, dollar spot can leave behind a sea of bare spots in infected backyards. While unsightly in appearance, these bare spots offer an open invitation for insects and weeds to set up shop and cause subsequent lawn damage. With these concerns in mind, homeowners can also lean on our team for reseeding services. Laying down new grass seed can eliminate the patchy appearance of and introduce new healthy grass that helps crowd out pesky weeds.

There’s also a conversation to be had around fertilization. Among environmental conditions that can trigger the onset of dollar spot  — a list that includes poor soil moisture and excess thatch — low nitrogen levels in soil can be to blame. Nitrogen is the primary ingredient for plant growth, so without it, the root systems of plants become weak and less resistant to external forces. We offer nitrogen-rich fertilization services so grass retains essential nutrients for its health and is better equipped to ward off diseases like dollar spot.

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What Is Crabgrass and How Do I Prevent It?

Late May is an exciting time for homeowners, with warm temperatures right around the bend and more hours in the day to enjoy the outdoors. But for lawns, this can be a tricky time. Late May is also when a pesky weed tends to germinate: crabgrass.

An Introduction to Crabgrass

Crabgrass is an annual weed that favors warm temperatures and grows in bare spots of lawns where there is sunlight. While this “opportunistic” plant grows vine-like limbs and is naturally an eyesore for outdoor spaces, it also crowds out and weakens surrounding grass, making lawns more susceptible to the spread of insects and disease.

Aside from its distinct crab-like structure and light green hue, crabgrass is also defined by the fast rate at which it spreads. Once crabgrass germinates, a single plant can produce thousands of seeds between summer and fall. Growing faster than the healthy grass that surrounds them, crabgrass can quickly dominate lawns and leave homeowners unsure of what to do.

The Treatment Plan for Crabgrass

Considering the vigorous nature of crabgrass, getting rid of this weed after it germinates can be a trying task. But that’s not to say there aren’t measures that can help. A lot of this comes down to following best practices in lawn care:

  • Fill thin, bare spots on your lawn with grass seed to repair weakened areas
  • Mow your lawn at a higher setting so taller grass blades can shade the soil
  • Water your lawn deeply one or two times a week to help crowd out weeds

 

(Note: If you’re dealing with a small crabgrass infestation, you can pull them out by hand — if they are easy to remove. This should be paired with the lawn care tips highlighted above.)

The Better Bet: Prevent Versus Treat

The best way to kill crabgrass is to eradicate it before it even germinates. This solution comes in the form of a pre-emergent herbicide. How it works is simple: when applied to lawns, the granular material dissolves and creates a protective barrier near the soil’s surface to intercept and stop the growth of germinating crabgrass seeds.

(Note: Timing is important when it comes to the application of pre-emergent herbicides. To effectively control crabgrass throughout its entire growing season, pre-emergents should be put down before crabgrass seeds begin to germinate.)

Rather than take the DIY route, it’s best to let a professional handle pre-emergent applications. The licensed lawn care technicians from Lush Lawn can put down the proper preventative herbicides for your specific lawn conditions, avoiding any room for risk and ensuring the most effective results.

The Lush Lawn Crabgrass Prevention Plan

Crabgrass pre-emergent is included as a standard part of the Lush Lawn program. The preventative we use — Prodiamine — is the preferred product among professional landscapers. This granular pre-emergent provides season-long control of crabgrass, as well as other annual grasses and broadleaf weeds like chickweed, dandelions and more.

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Get Your Mower Ready for the Spring Lawn Care Season

Spring lawn care season is in full bloom, and now is the perfect time to get your lawnmower ready for use. It’s important to make sure that all parts of your mower are functioning properly before putting it to use so that any breakdowns can be avoided during the upcoming season. Follow these tips to get your lawnmower ready for this spring.  

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS YOUR SPARK PLUG?

Do you know where the spark plug is on your lawnmower? Or how to make sure that all the cables and breaks are functioning properly? Annually tuning your machine will help make sure that it stays functioning from year to year. Check out these five tune-up tips:

  1. Check the oil- If you didn’t change the oil at the end of last season, it would be a good idea to do that now. An engine can overheat and fail prematurely with insufficient or dirty oil. Checking and changing your oil now can save you money by extending the life of your lawnmower.
  2. Know the steps- Know the steps of how to tune-up your lawnmower. Helpful video or picture guides, like this one, will walk you through what you need to do to help your mower run its best.
  3. Be sharp and sharpen your blades- One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you begin mowing your lawn again is not sharpening the mower blades.
    Dull blades can do more harm than good to your lawn. A dull blade will “rip” out your grass instead of cutting it, which can subject your lawn to disease and even kill it overall. Therefore, make sure that your mower’s blades are either sharpened or replaced before using it on your lawn this spring. The Home Depot offers some great tips on how to sharpen lawnmower blades. Read more about how to do this here.
  4. Have the right tools- Knowing the tools that you will need for the project will save you time later on. For a complete list of tools that you will need to give your lawnmower a tune-up, click here.
  5. Do some research- This is said a lot, but knowing the proper techniques for mowing your lawn can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. To learn what you could be doing wrong, read this article for more information on tips and tricks on mowing this spring.

SUBMIT FOR A FULL INSPECTION

While it may not be the most popular idea, paying a professional, or even having a home improvement center look at your lawn mower can take the work out of the process.

Five Easy-to-Follow Spring Lawn Care Tips

Things are starting to turn green in Michigan. If you’ve driven through the parks lately or spent much time outside, you may have noticed the first subtle green glimpses of new life mixed in with the drab brown we’ve been surrounded by for five months. They’re tiny now, but these buds and leaves hold the promise of sunshine and summertime. Soon, the dreary browns and grays will be but a distant memory, and the trees, the shrubs and that one neighbors lawn will be vibrant emerald green. To help you be “that neighbor” — with the best lawn on the block — here are some helpful spring lawn tips:

  1. Weed Killer – There are a few different types of weed killer, and they work in different ways. Penn State’s professor emeritus of agronomy, John C. Harper II, gives the simplest instruction on which to use and when in his publication, “Lawn Management Through the Seasons.” He says, “Annual grass weeds, such as crabgrass, can be controlled with preemergence herbicides. These chemicals should be applied prior to weed seed germination in early to mid-spring…Broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion and ground ivy, usually are controlled with broadleaf herbicides. It is especially important to identify weeds present and select the herbicide that will provide the best control. Broadleaf herbicide applications should be made when weeds are actively growing in spring or fall.”
  2. Water – Water helps strengthen and enlarge the root system of your turfgrass, which will naturally choke out weeds. Once you notice that your lawn has begun to grow again, you may water it two times a week. For more information on watering your lawn, check out Michigan State University’s suggestions here.
  3. Fertilizer – Fertilizer is food for your lawn, and it goes hand in hand with water. Start with a light application of fertilizer to be sure that you aren’t also feeding weeds that you may not have control of yet. It is important to water your lawn after you fertilize, so if you are environmentally conscious or want to cut down on your water bill, fertilize your lawn before a forecasted rain shower.
  4. Move Matted Grass Around – If you have areas of grass that are matted down, hard raking will only damage your lawn. The newly growing grass beneath these mats needs a gentle touch so a leaf blower is a better option, as is a regular mowing with your lawnmower on a high blade setting to allow the circular motion to lift the matted grass.
  5. Reseeding – Bare spots and exposed soil in your lawn are likely to fill in with weeds like crabgrass, so it is important to identify these areas early in the season and encourage new turfgrass to grow. The old adage, “an ounce of prevention” is key here! For an in-depth guide to reseeding, see Michigan State University professor Dr. Kevin Frank’s article, “Tips for Reseeding Lawns in the Spring.” One final tip from Dr. Frank if you are following a reseeding with fertilizer: “Make sure to follow label directions, contain all fertilizer on the area to be seeded and off the driveway, and keep a minimum of 15 feet from any surface water.”

Get your equipment tuned up and dusted off and your supplies ready to go. With these suggestions, a little common sense, and a little elbow grease, you can have a lush, green lawn all summer.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Need More Help?

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Do I Have Snow Mold in my Lawn?

Snow mold is a common problem, especially in Michigan. It can turn your gorgeous green lawn from fall into a true eyesore. Even though most cases of snow mold are not completely detrimental to your lawn’s health and may not require professional treatments, snow mold can still be irritating. So what exactly is snow mold and why does it happen?

What is snow mold?

Snow mold is actually a form of mold that forms under blankets of snow during winter. If you take a walk around your yard, you may notice circular spots that are gray, white, or pink. In the center of the spots will be a cobweb-like material, called mycelium. If the spot is gray, the mycelium will be gray or white. If it’s pink snow mold, there will be a pinkish tone to the mycelium. Knowing the difference between the two is very important; pink snow mold can be very harmful to your lawn and you should contact a professional lawn service like LushLawn immediately. Luckily, gray snow mold is much more common than pink in our area and it will not kill your lawn.

Why does my lawn get snow mold?

It forms due to a lack of sunlight and restriction to airflow. It is especially common after the winter season after your lawn has undergone a period of freezing temperatures and snow cover. It can also form without snow cover if it is cool, rainy, or overcast. Snow mold can happen to even the most well-groomed lawn, especially in Michigan with unpredictable weather changes.

How do you treat snow mold?

There are many steps that you can take to help your lawn with the effects of snow mold. Wait until the grass grows a little bit and mow the affected area to remove the dead, “crusty,” parts. If a week or two later, lightly rake the areas and “fluff” up the grass. Make sure you don’t rake too hard or you could damage the plant.

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When Does Grass Stop Growing?

Your lawn’s health depends on proper care and maintenance. Nourishment and weed control are a couple of key elements, but the timing of your care regimen is also vital. Understanding your grasses’ growth patterns is essential to ensuring a beautiful and high-quality yard. If you’ve ever asked “when does grass stop growing?”, this guide is for you.

Understanding Seasonal Growth Patterns

When does grass stop growing

As you probably know, plants require a few important things to grow and reproduce. Sunlight and water are both critical components in photosynthesis. Plants use that light energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose, a critical building block for creating cells and seeds. Nutrients in the soil, air and water aid this process and help each plant survive, thrive and grow.

Temperature is another crucial part of this equation. Broadly speaking, temperatures changes signal seasonal changes and trigger specific segments of a plant’s life cycle. Plants respond to temperatures by either accelerating or slowing down specific processes. Warm weather brings growth and reproduction, while cooler temperatures prompt plants to become dormant or even die off.

That’s a pretty basic explanation, but there’s even finer science behind seasonal temperature changes and plant life cycles. Warmer temperatures trigger certain chemical reactions within each plant, including photosynthesis. In fact, photosynthesis speeds up thanks to enzymes’ better ability to bind to the right molecules during the process. However, extremely hot weather can slow it down and also rob plants of nourishment and moisture. Photosynthesis also slows down during cold weather, which is why plant growth typically decelerates during late fall.

Seasonal Grass Growth in Your Lawn

Now that you comprehend how temperatures impact plant growth, let’s apply this knowledge to your lawn. Growth patterns depend partially on the species of grasses present in your yard. Cool-season varieties such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrasses, bentgrasses and fescues are popular in Southeastern Michigan. You’ve likely observed how their growth picks up in the beginning or middle of spring and during the cooler temperatures of late fall.

Even so, this pattern slows down before chillier temperatures hit. Lawns like these still need a pre-winter plan, and part of that plan is knowing when you should mow it for the last time each year. Most cool-season grasses can still flourish comfortable in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit but gradually stop sprouting as it approaches 32 degrees. That usually starts to happen in late November or early December.

The Last Mow of the Season

With your lawn’s growth patterns in mind, you should carefully plan and time its final mow during the fall. This pre-winter cut can help prevent the development of moldy fungus that could damage your yard. Warm-season grasses are normally cut for the last time before their dormant season, usually before late October and prior to the first frost. Cool-season grasses should get their final mowing in November before their dormancy period begins.

Many homeowners make the mistake of cutting their grass too short during this final mowing session. Unfortunately, this can damage the lawn by stunting its growth or causing it to go into hibernation too early. The key is maintaining a reasonable height. Most guides recommend cutting grass to about 2 inches high. For cool-season varieties like Kentucky bluegrass, you can safely trim it to 2 ½ inches high during the last mow.

High-Quality Lawn Care From Local Experts

Knowing when to mow is just one important part of your total lawn care strategy. Southeastern Michigan homeowners count on Lush Lawn for healthy, gorgeous and thriving yards. Learn about lawn winterization today or request a free estimate by completing our contact form. You can also call Lush Lawn toll-free at (866) 303-2923.

Bare Spots in Lawn After Winter

Winters can be harsh. The strong winds, chilling temperatures and snow accumulation may not be comfortable for you, but they are particularly damaging to your lawn. If you experience bare spots in the lawn after winter, find out how you can restore your lawn in time for spring. Don’t spend months fighting with dirty bare spots, but accelerate your lawn growth with these repair tips.

Remove Debris

First, you need to inspect the damage. Some spots may appear bare, but simply have a buildup of dirt, leaves or other debris. Grab your rake and leaf blower or call a lawn expert such as Lush Lawn to thoroughly clean and inspect your lawn for any signs of dead grass and bare spots.

If there’s more than half an inch of grass clippings or dead grass, it’s best to remove this debris as well. A small amount of this debris can add nutrients to your soil, but too much can prevent new grass growth.

bare spots in lawn after winter

Don’t forget to take on any weeds that may be poking up. Some weeds are hardier than your grass, so you’ll need to either pull weeds or use a weed treatment. Contact a professional lawn care company for more information on the best weed treatment for your particular lawn and weed variety. Some weeds simply need to be pulled, while others require herbicide or natural remedies, like cornmeal.

Aerate Your Lawn

Heavy foot traffic and deep snow can pack down your soil and create issues for your grass seed. Thick soil prevents your grass seed roots from reaching necessary nutrients. The easiest solution is to aerate your lawn. Whether you choose an aeration service that uses a plug aerator or choose to aerate your own lawn, be sure you thoroughly aerate your soil in order to promote healthy grass growth.

Add Nutrients and Grass Seed

Ice and snow from a harsh winter can damage or completely kill your grass. Not only does your grass need a boost of nutrients to thrive this spring, but you may also need to plant more grass. Choose between grass seed or sod in order to restore your lawn and prepare for a healthy, vibrant yard this spring.

Grass seed is a cost-effective alternative to sod. You can choose the right grass seed or grass seed blend for your particular region, which greatly improves its ability to survive the winter. For best effect, your grass seed should be routinely watered and maintained by an expert lawn service.

Sod is a faster way to see immediate results. When you choose a professional to law new sod, you’ll immediately see a bright, green sea of grass all across your yard. Sod is an attractive option if you’re in a hurry and need quick results, but can be more expensive and difficult to maintain the same results.

Grass requires a blend of nutrients in your soil to grow properly. Depending on your location and soil type, you may need to add nutrients to encourage healthy, green grass to grow. Look for soil treatment programs that balance the pH level of your soil, add essential nutrients and give your grass seed the boost it needs to survive the next winter.

Choose a Professional Lawn Maintenance Company

If you’re struggling to repair bare patches in the lawn, it’s time to call professional reinforcements. For premier lawn care services and a helpful list of suggestions for optimal maintenance and prevention of bare spots, contact Lush Lawn today. At Lush Lawn, we specialize in year-round maintenance and healthy growth of your lawn. Once you shake off the cool temperatures and bitter winds of winter, it’s time to get outside and enjoy a soft, green lawn with your whole family.

Dethatch or Aerate Before Overseeding?

When most people think about maintaining a healthy lawn, they usually think about how much and how often they need to water. However, optimal seed to soil contact is just as crucial when obtaining ideal germination rates when you plan on overseeding. To accomplish this, there are two primary practices. A lawn care service such as Lush Lawn can either dethatch or aerate before overseeding. Both of these practices have their pros and cons, so you need to determine with your lawn care provider which one will most help your lawn to ensure it remains pristine throughout the rest of the year.

Core Aeration

Homeowners with compacted soil in their yards may want to consider core aeration by a lawn aeration service. It will bring more water down into the soil to help promote deeper root growth. The problem with this procedure is that it does not expose a lot of soil. A normal aeration rate is 16 holes for every square foot. Each hole will be roughly ½-inch in diameter. With that kind of rate, you will only create holes in about 2% of your yard. If you tend to leave plugs on top of the yard in lieu of raking them, you will get a bit more soil exposure. However, it tends not to be enough to germinate seeds.

Best time to aerate and overseed lawn

Dethatching

Dethatching is better capable of exposing more soil. It accomplishes this by removing the thatch layer of the area. The tines located on the dethatcher are able to cultivate the soil by giving it an optimum tilth, which helps the seeds better embed into the soil rather than simply remain on top. This produces a similar effect to raking your garden to loosen the soil before planting any seeds. A dethatcher does the same thing, but with grass seeds in the rest of your lawn.

Another benefit of a lawn service using a thatch rake is that it helps them locate crabgrass and other grassy weeds. Due to prostrate growth, the blades and stems of these weeds tend to be longer than grass. Therefore, when one rakes with a longer blade, the weeds are easier to locate. Then a viable weed control company such as Lush Lawn can make your lawn pristine once again.

Overseeding

After dethatching, thatch should be removed and put in the compost pile. If you do not already have a compost pile, then you should seriously consider adding one. After this has been done, high-quality grass seed. There are several considerations to make as far as the specific type of grass you plant. If you live in a particularly sunny area, then you can benefit greatly from Galaxy Kentucky Bluegrass Blend.

Your lawn care service should apply a topdressing of one yard of compost for every 1,000 square feet you have on your yard. This helps the seeds remain moist, and it provides essential nutrients, which enhances germination. The compost also brings organic material into the soil. As one alternates between seeding and topdressing, you can run through the seed with the back of your rake. You can also use a roller to push the seed deep down into the soil. After applying the compost, your lawn care service should water your lawn.

All This Can Be Done for You

If all this sounds like a lot, then you can take solace in the fact Lush Lawn is prepared to do most of the heavy lifting for you. We have lawn care professionals standing by who can take care of core aeration, dethatching and overseeding. We will help you in every aspect of your lawn care, and all you have to do is reach out. Call us or fill out our online form to get started, and soon, you can have the lawn of your dreams.

When To Plant Cool Season Grass

when to plant cool season grass

Cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues adore fall and spring weather. Their growth cycle launches into overdrive during cooler months and slows down again when summer temperatures hit.

Knowing when to plant cool-season grass has a huge impact on germination and lawn health. In turn, healthy grass is more resistant to pests and other issues.

What Are the Best Months To Plant Cool Season Grass?

There are two main growing seasons for cool-season grasses: fall and spring. Planting in one or both of these time frames gives new grass enough time to germinate and become established before the intense weather extremes of summer and winter.

  • Fall: The ideal time to seed grass in northern climates is in the fall. That’s because fall is the perfect combination of everything new grass loves. For example, the ground is still warm but not too hot, the air temperature is just right for growth, and there’s an abundance of rain and moisture in the soil. Late August and early September are popular times for seeding or overseeding.
  • Spring: If you missed your chance to seed in the fall, spring is the next-best choice. It offers a short window of cool weather for seed growth before hot summer months appear. Spring also provides an opportunity to touch up any bare spots from areas where the grass died over the winter, such as from a parked snowblower or snowmobile.

In Northern Michigan, for example, planting is best in late August. A helpful rule of thumb for planting and overseeding is to get new seed in the ground at least 45 days before the first frost.

What Other Lawn Care Tasks Should You Mark on Your Calendar?

Deciding when to plant cool-season grass is important, but it’s only the first step on your road to an immaculate lawn. For gorgeous and healthy grass around your house, it’s helpful to mark yard essentials on your calendar. Here are a few vital tasks for taking great care of your lawn:

  • Soil testing: Around February, as the soil starts to warm up a bit, it’s a good idea to test the soil to see if your yard, trees, shrubs or garden are missing important nutrients.
  • Correcting soil issues: If the soil tests revealed any pH or nutrient problems, March is a good month to make corrections. Lime or sulfur can adjust pH issues, and specific fertilizers are helpful for adding nutrients.
  • Fertilizing: For a lustrous lawn, you can’t beat the effects of proper fertilizing. Late April or early May are great spring months for fertilizing. In the fall, add nutrients in late August or early September.
  • Aeration: This technique helps plants to breathe and lets grass seeds penetrate deeper into the ground. August is the best time to aerate the soil, right before planting new seeds.
  • Raking: Dead leaves and snow can smother growing grass, so don’t forget to take the time to rake. Around October, get rid of fallen leaves and turn them into mulch. Exposing grass to fresh air in the spring is also important to protect against lawn problems.

Why Contact Lawn Care Professionals for Help With Seeding?

When you’re not feeling well, a doctor can help you discover what’s going wrong and what to do to solve the problem. The same thing is true for a healthy lawn. Our lawn care experts at Lush Lawn take amazing care of your grass, from planting and fertilizing to winter preparation and other regular care tasks.

We know everything about lawns and the local climate, so we can ensure that your lawn stays healthy and vibrant all year long. Contact us right away to schedule an appointment.

Types of Grass Seed and How to Choose the Type for Your Region

There’s nothing better than a luscious, thriving lawn full of healthy, green grass. From coast to coast, our nation has many diverse climates and soil types that affect which grass seed varieties are best for your lawn. Discover how different regions affect your grass and find out how to find the best types of grass seed for your location.

Regional Varieties

There are seven key regions in the United States that offer different levels of humidity, elevation, temperatures and weather patterns. Here are the seven distinct regions that you need to understand before you choose your grass seed:

types of grass seed
  • Pacific Northwest region
  • Southwest region
  • Deep south region
  • Southeast region
  • Midwest region
  • Northeast region
  • Transition region

Each of these require a different soil, planting time and variety of grass seed in order to produce a healthy, natural lawn. For more information about your particular region, be sure to choose a local lawn care service provider who understands the peculiarities of your region.

Selecting Grass Seed by Region

When you compare regions, you need to select a grass seed that stands up to your region’s unique characteristics. Whether you live in a cooler climate, an area prone to drought or a location that has high temperatures all year long, select a grass seed that is designed with your region in mind. Keep in mind that areas within your region can also vary dramatically, depending on where you live along state and regional lines.

Midwest Grass Seed

At Lush Lawn, we know Midwest grass seed. Our Michigan-based team proudly serves a variety of Michigan grass seeds and has expertise in the necessary services required of these seed varieties.

Midwestern states experience ranges of humidity and arid weather, depending on their relation to the Great Lakes and other natural features. Typically, grasses throughout the Midwest perform best when they can endure cold weather conditions.

Best Midwestern Grass Seed

There are a few varieties of grass that stand up well in these conditions. Perennial ryegrass is an excellent option for the balanced climate and full sun experienced in Michigan and other Midwestern states. This lush, green and fine-textured type of grass is tough and can withstand cooler temperatures while still retaining its color.

Perennial ryegrass can be reasonably tolerant to drought, resistant to diseases and insects and holds up well again heavy traffic. When maintained by a professional lawn care company, your ryegrass will provide you with the beauty and practical comfort you need from your lawn.

Another popular option is tall fescue. This grass is designed for cool temperatures, but is also tolerant of heavy shade, drought and heat. Choose tall fescue if you’re in an area that doesn’t receive as much irrigation as other parts of the region.

These are just two basic options for your lawn. Turf-style grass seeds are popular for their soft, dense and durable coat. There are other options that may be more suited to your specific soil, lawn needs or lawn care routine, so ask a local lawn care expert for more information. Choose a grass seed that is perfect for your lawn.

Prepare Your Lawn

Now that you understand how to choose grass seed based on your region, particularly since you’re aware of the difficulty of choosing the perfect variety for your exact location and soil type, it’s time to prepare your lawn for a fresh, new look. Contact us at Lush Lawn today to learn more about your particular region and how to maintain your new grass seed.

As a leading lawn care provider in Michigan, we can assist you in selecting high-quality Midwestern grass seed and in maintaining your beautiful, green lawn for years to come.