The 6 Simple Steps of a Shady Lawn Maintenance Plan

Growing grass in Alabama might not sound like the easiest task, given local climate and weather conditions. Luckily, Turf King has been active in the area for long enough as to know what to do. Here is a brief overview of the specialized lawn maintenance technique that our experts have devised and tailored for Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and all of Madison County.

Sunlight Essentials

As common sense will tell you, grass needs sunshine to grow, but not all species of grass react the same way to full-on sun light throughout the day. Whenever our team of lawn care technicians is called to a particularly shady area, they will first make sure all surrounding bushes, shrubbery, and trees have had their foliage thinned out. This way, the grass on the adjoining lawn will get as much sunlight as possible.

Shade-tolerant grass species

Most types will only do with four hours of partial sunlight, while other species can even thrive in the shade, provided they are ensured a specific set of other conditions. Some of the most shade-tolerant species of lawn grass include fescue, rye, and lovely looking bluegrass. they don’t require full-on, mid-day sunlight, but can do well in softer lighting. They are also highly adapted to cooler weather and can survive in mint condition during the colder seasons of the year in Madison, Alabama.

Loosening the soil

Beyond weather conditions and the particular type of grass you’re looking to have planted by Turf King in your yard, it’s also important to make sure that the soil in your yard can help the grass grow to its top potential. Our specialists will make sure that the earth in your yard is aerated and de-clotted – which is often the case with areas that have seen too much pedestrian traffic throughout the years, or which have been excessively mowed. Aeration, tilling and soil loosening are then followed by the delicate stage of fertilization.

The importance of proper fertilization

No matter how well aerated the soil is, it also has to be rich in nutrients and organic substances, which essentially constitute the ‘nourishment’ that your lawn will be feeding on. Once the soil has the proper texture for seeding or re-seeding, our lawn maintenance specialists will fertilize your garden with all the right substances. If you’re seeking to grow your lawn in a shadier area, our team will deploy a type of fertilizer which is richer in phosphorous and will implicitly help the lawn grow stronger roots.

Post-care: Seeding and watering

Don’t think that the Turf King team will simply stop at preparing, fertilizing, and seeding your new lawn in the shade. After we have planted the seeds with drop spreaders, which help seeds set in properly and cover the entire surface of your future lawn, we will also take care of the rest of the procedures your garden requires. First, we will make sure that the seeds have not been planted too deep, or too close to the surface, by raking the grounds gently with a light broom or spring rake. Most seeds will germinate optimally when covered with a ¼” layer of soil.

The Turf King lawn maintenance plan also includes watering. New lawns in the shade need to be watered as often as possibly, so our team will make sure your lawn is irrigated at least five times per day, during the first week after seeding. All initial irrigation needs to be done very gently, since the seed hasn’t developed proper roots yet and might be washed away by too strong a stream of water. We will water the soil only to have its color change to a darker tone during the first week, as we dread barren spots in the lawn as much as you do. As the grass grows and develops, the quantity of water we apply will be gradually removed to twice per day in the second week, down to no more than 1” of water per week.

Weed removal

We, at Turf King, know that some weeds might also sprout up, as the grass on your new shady lawn emerges. We also understand how much homeowners detest weeds, which is why we will mow the lawn four times, then selectively apply a milder herbicide, as to get rid of the pesky weeds, but without damaging your lawn.