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LAWN CARE TIPS


NORTHERN MICHIGAN SEASONAL LAWN CONCERNS:

Spring
 - grass matted from snow
 - debris/leaves on lawn
 - inconsistent temps
 - winter lawn damage
 - leftover fall problems

Early Summer
 - fast growth rate
 - increased mowing needs
 - higher foot traffic stress
 - weed growth
 - heavy thatch
 
Late Summer
 - high temps
 - reduced moisture levels
 - watering often required
 - short grass dries out lawn
 - sun can "burn up" lawns

Fall
 - repair summer damage
 - leaf and debris removal
 - prep for winter








MOWING CONSIDERATIONS:

Northern Michigan is known for its gorgeous summer season.  But for lawns in Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, and Walloon, the growing season is relatively short.  Further, the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) bring a variety of difficulties, including a wide range of temperatures, odd rainfall patterns, and natural debris problems.  

Because each season presents different issues for a lawn, regular attention to a lawn is essential for maintaining its health. However, with a little planning and some work, these issues can be addressed to ensure a healthy, appealing lawn.

Factors that may influence how often a lawn needs care include temperature, rainfall, soil type, grass type, grass growth pace, seasonal consideration, foot traffic, and personal preference. For example, the height at which a lawn is cut can affect its health. Dry grass often needs to grow longer.  Wet grass often produces clumpy clippings which can cause dead spots.  Short lawns may suffer during a hot summer.  

These concerns should be balanced when choosing a mowing interval.  B.A.L.C. can help you assess these factors, then work with you to choose a mowing cycle or lawn maintenance schedule that suits your lawn and budget.  

By completing this simple Estimate Request form, B.A.L.C. can begin planning with you for the upcoming grass-growing season.



OTHER
NORTHERN MICHIGAN LAWN FORCES:

 - cool, wet spring/fall

 - matted spring grass

 - inconsistent weather

 - sandy soils

 - poorly-oxygenated soil

 - heavy summer foot traffic

 - mid-summer thatch

 - hot, dry late summer

 - heavy summer mulch

 - short growing season

 - irregular fall grass growth

 - fall leaf interference

 - winter tree debris