How to Care for Your Lawn

Sprinkler Spraying on Grass

With a little persistence and some help from the U-Fix-It, your lawn can easily become the envy of the neighborhood.

Spring

FILL IN ANY HOLES, PICK UP PET WASTE, AND REMOVE DEBRIS 

The Elmendorf U-Fix-It offers topsoil to all residents, please bring your own receptacle for transporting.  You may pick up a loaner shovel or rake from the U-Fix-It to assist with this process.  Pet waste does not fertilize the yard and will hinder growth of grass.

AERATE

Pick up a pair of loaner Aerator Shoes (grass cleats). These help increase airflow in the ground, enabling faster and more reliable grass growth.

APPLY LIMESTONE

Lime helps mitigate lawn damage caused by ice melt and pet waste by restoring PH balance. It also provides nutrients such as magnesium and calcium. Aurora offers loaner broadcast and hand spreaders to assist in this process.  Be sure to water the lime for 30 minutes/ day for one week prior to applying grass seed or fertilizer.

For large amounts of pet waste/urine in the yard, use an entire bag. For all other yards, use half a bag.

Late Spring/Early Summer

FERTILIZE AND SEED 

You may wish to pick up a loaner broadcast or hand spreader from the U-Fix-It.  First spread the fertilizer, water, then spread the grass seed (you may also mix them together if using a spreader).  Grab a rake and lightly rake across the soil; the grass seed should stay moist throughout all germination (growth).

Water 3 times/ day for 10 minutes at a time. Between 2 and 4 weeks after application, you should begin to see growth.

MAINTAIN

Pet urine/waste will hinder growth; it is advised to minimize pet traffic in a newly established lawn.

After the initial fertilizing/seeding, grass should be watered roughly 2 times a week for 30-40 minutes.

Start cutting newly established grass once it has reached 3-4”.

Fall

LEFTOVER GRASS SEED 

Always store grass seed in a airtight container so as not to attract pests such as shrews and voles!

PRE-WINTER LIMESTONE 

Apply limestone prior to the ground freezing to help prepare the lawn for winter.

APPLY FERTILIZER

You may need to fertilize your yard again if grass turns yellow, red, or has a washed out green hue.