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March Pruning for Trees and Shrubs

March Pruning for Trees and ShrubsWinter is a time when most of the plants around us become dormant—trees, shrubs, and in warm climates like here in Georgia, even grass. But despite what most homeowners think, this doesn’t mean the winter is lawn maintenance-free. As we gear up for March, one of the best ways you can help your landscape is by having certain trees and shrubs pruned—an activity many people think of as a spring task.

Why should I prune during the winter?

There are actually a number of reasons why late winter—particularly February and early March—is an ideal pruning time for many plants. First, it’s easier to see the structure of the tree or shrub while it’s bare of leaves. Second, the timing primes the plant for faster and more robust growth when warmer weather arrives. And third, it limits the spread of diseases. Tree illnesses can be spread during the pruning process by creating open wounds on the tree, which allows access to disease-carrying lawn pests (as well as any illnesses which might transfer through your shears, saws, or whatever else you use for pruning).

Which plants should I prune during the winter?

Not all your plants should have the same pruning schedule. The ideal trees and shrubs to prune in winter are those which flower in the summer, including fruit trees, roses, and certain varieties of hydrangeas. However, avoid winter pruning for any trees or shrubs which flower in the spring, as well as roses that bloom only once per season, gardenias, and most evergreens. You may also want to avoid winter pruning for any “bleeding trees”—maples, birches, dogwoods, walnuts, and elms. These trees produce large amounts of sap if they’re pruned in winter, which isn’t typically harmful, but it can make for a messy job.

Pruning Tips

For many homeowners, the concept of pruning sounds easy, but when they actually find themselves in front of the tree, they’re not sure exactly what to cut. Here are a few tree care tips to help:

  • Start by removing any dead or diseased limbs.
  • Your ultimate goal is to accentuate your tree’s natural structure, keep it from becoming overgrown, and allow enough air circulation throughout the foliage.
  • Choose a mild, dry day to prune.
  • Remove any branches which rub against each other.
  • Cut off any “suckers” or “water sprouts” – straight, narrow stems which come up from the base of the tree.
  • Never remove more than 25% of a plant’s volume in one season.

When should I call in a professional?

While you may be able to do your own pruning with some practice and research, many homeowners prefer to hire a professional like our experts at Turf Shield Lawn Care. Over-pruning and under-pruning can put a damper on the appearance of your trees and shrubs, and a professional also knows how to prune properly to keep your trees and shrubs as healthy as possible. Safety is also an important factor, so especially for those who don’t have the equipment they need to prune their trees safely and comfortably, it may be best to hire someone who does.

Maintaining a beautiful lawn and landscape may not sound difficult at first, but between pruning, seeding, weed control, pest control, fertilizing, and more, it can add up to be quite a handful. To learn more about how Turf Shield can take the burden off your shoulders while also giving you a more lush, beautiful lawn, schedule a lawn care consultation. Or, for more lawn care tips and to learn about our business, follow Turf Shield on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Preparing for the Spring Growing Season

Preparing for the Spring Growing SeasonWith the winter behind us and spring fast-approaching, all of us here at Turf Shield are looking forward to getting back outside and enjoying the famous Atlanta greenery.  Unfortunately, the sudden, heavy rains and fluctuating temperatures that characterize the Georgia winters can be extremely hard on lawns and gardens, so it is often necessary to take steps, even before the spring growing season begins, to get your outdoor area back into shape.  Here are some steps that you can take in late winter and early spring to help ensure that your lawn or garden looks its best.

Rake Your Lawn

In most parts of the country, grass is dormant during the winter months, but is ready to spring back to life in the spring.  However, the weeds and dead plant matter that accumulate over the winter months can often get in the way.  Start off the spring season by getting rid of the weeds and raking your lawn thoroughly to remove the winter debris.  This allows light and air to reach the level of the soil, which encourages the grass to grow.

Revitalize the Soil

Your soil is likely to be dried out and compacted after a long winter.  Spring is an excellent time to add organic material, like compost or manure, to replace moisture and valuable nutrients and to aerate the soil to improve its consistency.  In particular, pay special attention to plant beds and areas where you want to encourage new growth.

Move Your Shrubs

Over the course of the year you may come to think that a particular hedge or bit of shrubbery would be more useful or attractive in a different spot.  Now is the time to make that move.  The early spring is more favorable to transplants because the soil is more consistently moist, which helps new rooting to expand from the transplant zone and reach out for more nutrients.

Re-Seed Bare Patches

Spring is also the time to re-seed areas of the lawn that have been worn bare by foot traffic.  First, rake the bare spots firmly with a metal rake and then sprinkle them evenly with new grass seed.  Don’t forget to keep the areas well-watered until the seeds germinate and the new grass is firmly established.

Prune Your Foliage

Larger plants that have survived the winter, like trees and shrubs, may require pruning so that they will continue to grow in the coming months.  Ornamental blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers, while fruit trees should be pruned well before their buds begin to bloom to avoid overstressing the tree and reducing the crop.

Plant New Flowers

Once you’ve handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new ones.  Spring is an ideal time to plant daffodils, lilies, crocus, hyacinth and any other bulbs as well as new vegetables like kale, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  Remember that new bulbs often need to be protected from sudden, unexpected frost and disease with a one to three inch layer of mulch as well.

Putting in a little bit of effort to prepare your lawn or garden for the coming spring can provide big payoffs down the line.  Our lawn care specialists can work with you to determine exactly what measures you should take to keep your yard looking its best.  If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your LawnHere in Georgia, we often have to take special steps to deal with the effects of drought on our lawns and gardens.  However, if there’s anything that can be said for the weather in the south, it’s that it can be unpredictable.  Warm, humid air can churn up violent thunderstorms at a moment’s notice, drowning your lawn under a flood of rain water.  Unfortunately, since this is a relatively infrequent occurrence, many lawns are not equipped to drain this sudden excess water properly, and so puddles of standing water are left behind.  The experienced lawn care specialists at Turf Shield have more than forty years of combined experience caring for lawns and gardens throughout Georgia, and can offer some useful insights into how best to protect your lawn from too much water.

Heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, can place stresses on your grass and plants, especially if those plants are native to drier climates, as is generally the case with the warm season grasses we use here in the south.  Although soil may seem solid, it is actually riddled with tiny spaces in between the particles.  These spaces hold air and water that can then be easily absorbed by root systems.  Heavy rains, however, can fill these spaces with water, effectively depriving the roots of the oxygen they need.  If these conditions continue long enough, the roots stop functioning properly and may even begin to die. At this point, even though the soil may be filled with water, the roots will no longer absorb it and the plants will begin to wilt.  These damaged root systems are also more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil that cause root rot, which can be highly damaging and potentially even fatal.

So what can you do if your lawn has been flooded by rain?  Fortunately, the effects of heavy rain in the later winter months are often less damaging than those in the late summer.  Plants are in active growth in late summer, and the warm soils encourage the activity of root rot fungal organisms in the soil, but in the late winter most plants are still dormant, which makes them better able to endure saturated soil.  Still, the best way to avoid water damage is to plan your yard so that it never happens in the first place.  When landscaping your yard, make drainage a chief concern.  Whether you are planting shrubs, bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, or ground covers, make sure that the beds you prepare for them are about 6 to 12 inches higher than the surrounding soil.  Although raised beds do drain faster and so potentially will need to be watered more often than ground-level beds, they are your best defense against sudden, torrential rains.  Look over your property while it is raining to observe exactly where the water is flowing and then use that information to plan out what sort of plants will go where.  Finally, you can also help prevent your soil from becoming impacted by performing regular lawn aeration treatments.  This will allow more air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots, producing a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or specifically about how best to plan your lawn or garden layout and maintenance, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Turf Shield Joins with Project EverGreen to Help Give Back

Turf Shield Joins with Project EverGreen to Help Give BackHere at Turf Shield Lawn Care, we’re all about providing top-notch professional lawn care services for our customers. We take pride in serving our community any way we can. Usually that means fertilizing lawns, controlling undesirable weeds, getting rid of fire ants and other annoying lawn pests, or protecting trees and shrubs from damage and disease. But occasionally, when given the opportunity, serving the community means giving something back to those who have given us so much to be grateful for. That’s why we are proud to announce that we will be joining Project EverGreen and their GreenCare for Troops initiative.

Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization that is committed bringing communities together through lawn care-based projects. Their philosophy is that by leading and supporting the creation, renovation and revitalization of managed recreational and athletic green spaces, together we can make the world a little bit healthier and happier for everyone.

Project EverGreen launched the GreenCare for Troops program 10 years ago. Their original mission was to provide complimentary landscaping and lawn care services for the families of active duty military personnel as a way of saying “thanks for your service”. In addition to active military personnel, the program was also intended to serve and post 9/11 disabled veterans. By taking care of the basic yard and landscaping needs like mowing, edging, small tree and shrub care, fertilization and more, GreenCare for Troops hopes to provide safe and green areas for these families to enjoy without doing any of the heavy lifting required.

It is an honor for us to participate in such a rewarding program with a partner like Project EverGreen. It’s just a small token of our appreciation for the service men and women who have done and continue to do so much to keep us safe and secure. For more information on Project EverGreen and how you can help give back, please visit their website at www.projectevergreen.com. For more information on Turf Shield and our selection of professional lawn care services, please contact us today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

Armyworms: What You Need to Know about a Common Georgia Lawn Pest

Armyworms What You Need to Know about a Common Georgia Lawn PestWhile homeowners and business owners in the South don’t tend to love the golden-brown hue their lawns take on throughout the winter, many do enjoy having a few months of limited lawn maintenance. But when your grass does spring back to life and return to its beautiful green (which will happen in the blink of an eye), you can do yourself a favor by knowing about some of the common lawn pests you’re at risk for, including how to spot them and what to do if you suspect an infestation. Today, our professionals at Turf Shield Lawn are here to give you the cliff notes on one common pest in Georgia: armyworms.

What are armyworms?

To put it simply, armyworms are caterpillars which later mature into certain breeds of moths. While they spend their winters in warmer climates like South America, they return to North America (primarily the Southeastern US) as the weather heats back up. Some breeds (true armyworms) can appear in Georgia in early spring, while others (called fall armyworms) thrive in July and August. The problem is that armyworms like to eat blades of grass, giving the lawn an uneven and unattractive look by either chewing holes in the grass or eating it all the way down to the ground if the infestation is severe. And unfortunately, they’re particularly prevalent in the Atlanta area and the rest of Georgia because they prefer the warm season grasses we tend to use, like bermudagrass.

How do I detect armyworms?

One sign that you may have an infestation on your hands is that your lawn has small patches of brown, especially around the edges. Noticing a high number of birds and moths in your yard may be a hint as well, because they like to catch and eat the armyworms. Because these caterpillars eat the top of the grass rather than the roots, and because they can become as large as 1½ -2 inches long, armyworms can often be spotted with the naked eye. Look closely at your yard in the early morning or early evening, because these are their primary feasting times. However, to see if they’re hiding, you can also try a test called a soap flush.  Simply mix a gallon of water with two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap and use a watering can to soak an area of 1-2 square feet. This will draw any covert armyworms to the surface.

How can I treat my lawn for armyworms?

This is where we come in at Turf Shield Lawn. Pest control is a delicate balance, because on top of protecting your kids and pets from dangerous chemicals, you want a pesticide which will impact the bug you’re struggling with, but you don’t want one that will kill off the populations of their natural predators (like birds and certain moths, in this case), because these natural predators can keep the pest’s population in check to help stave off future infestations. To keep this balance (and to ensure that your lawn treatment is productive), it’s always best to look to a professional rather than just grabbing your best guess of a yard spray at the home improvement store. Fortunately, because they primarily stay above ground, armyworms are often rather easy to eradicate, but here are a few tips:

  • Mow your lawn shortly before the lawn pest control treatment is applied, because the shorter your grass is, the less distance the insecticide needs to penetrate.
  • Give your yard some water shortly before treatment, because it may help to bring out the armyworms and increase their activity. This can vary from one customer to the next, though, so be sure to follow the pre-treatment instructions our lawn care professionals provide.

As with most aspects of lawn care, armyworm control is all about early detection and reacting in the correct way. While armyworms don’t generally damage the grass’ ability to grow in the future (because they feed on the leaves and not the roots), they can certainly make your lawn look unsightly in a hurry, so it’s best to treat them as soon as you spot them. Contrary to the rumors, it is possible to get rid of lawn pests without killing all the desirable parts of your yard’s ecosystem as well—if it’s done correctly, that is. If you’re ready to discuss your yard’s issues with armyworms or other problems, or if you simply want to keep your lawn looking its best, schedule a free consultation with Turf Shield Lawn Care.

Protecting Your Yard from the Winter Cold

Protecting Your Yard from the Winter ColdCompared to other places around the country, we don’t have to deal with particularly harsh winters down here in the south.  Nevertheless, more than a few times over the past several years, sudden and severe drops in temperature have caught our Georgia lawn care service customers by surprise, causing significant damage to grass, trees, and shrubs.  Although most plants do protect themselves by going dormant during the darker winter months, there are also a few simple things that you can do to make sure they stay as healthy as possible and emerge from the cold weather looking their best.

Wrap Up Your Trees

Winter temperatures in the south can vary a great deal, going from relatively warm one day to freezing the next.  As difficult as this can be for humans, it can be potentially devastating to trees and plants.  Cold temperatures cause growing wood to go dormant in order to protect itself, but significant sun exposure can prematurely end that dormancy, exposing the tree to severe damage when temperatures fall once more.  Caring for your trees should include wrapping the bark in cling wrap or burlap fabric to better regulate their temperature during the winter months.

Rake Your Leaves

It might seem like wasted effort to rake up fallen leaves when your grass has already turned brown, but it is actually much more important than most people may realize.  Leaf cover during the winter keeps sunlight off your lawn, which, in combination with the colder temperatures, encourages moss and lichens to grow.  Fallen leaves can also trap heat and moisture underneath snow, leading to a fungal lawn disease known as “Snow Mold.”  Keeping your yard leaf-free, even if your lawn has turned brown and dormant, will keep it drier and healthier.

Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic

If you want to see a fresh, green, healthy-looking lawn in the spring, don’t allow anyone to walk on the grass when it is covered with heavy frost or ice.  Even if the grass is brown and short, walking on frozen blades will cause them to crack and shatter.  Keep your sidewalks cleared of ice and snow so that you and your guests won’t be tempted to cut across the yard and never allow anyone to park a truck or a car on your lawn.  Even the smallest vehicle will leave impressions in the soil and kill off the grass that is underneath the tires.

Just because your yard hibernates during the winter doesn’t mean that your lawn care regimen can take a vacation.  If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Gift Ideas for the Lawn Care Enthusiast

gift-ideas-for-the-lawn-care-enthusiastThis time of the year, the lawn isn’t many Atlantans’ primary focus. Not only are most lawns dormant right now because they’re composed of warm season grasses, but the recent holidays have left us with a long to-do list so we have plenty of other tasks to focus on. But for people who are passionate about beautiful yards (like our professionals at Turf Shield Lawn Care), it’s always in the back of our minds. If you’re still looking for a belated gift for a lawn care enthusiast on your shopping list this year, here are a few ideas they’ll love.

A good pair of working gloves

Yardwork can be hard on your body, but particularly on your hands, which can blister easily from the friction of a shovel or other equipment you use to care for your lawn and/or garden. Investing in a pair of nice, high-quality gloves can save a gardener or lawn care enthusiast days of painful blisters and scratches.

Digital rain gauge

We’ve mentioned in some of our past lawn care blogs that before watering your lawn, you should consider how much rain you’ve recently received so you don’t saturate or dry out your grass. While some people rely on their local weather stations, the amount of rain can vary greatly from one part of town to the next, so it’s best to have your own gauge so you can see what has actually fallen on your yard. Fortunately for us, it’s the 21st century, so rather than trekking outside to check your rain gauge every day, you can use a digital one instead which casts the measurements to a monitor inside your home or an app on your phone.

A consultation and lawn care treatment with Turf Shield

Turf Shield Lawn isn’t a company who will mow your lawn every week. We’re truly seasoned experts who can diagnose any problems your yard may have, from pests to irrigation issues. We also offer a wide variety of lawn treatments, like weed control, aeration, tree and shrub care, and pest control—jobs that are often beyond the reach of a do-it-yourselfer. Our consultations are complimentary, so a consultation and initial lawn treatment (depending on what the particular yard may need) can be a great gift to help out anyone who wants a fuller, more lush lawn by the spring.

Indoor-outdoor thermometer

Keeping a close eye on the temperature, humidity, and other weather measurements can also help a lawn care enthusiast know what they need to do to keep their lawn as healthy as possible and to adapt to the seasonal climate. Many digital thermometers use two different pieces—a sensor which goes out in your yard and a small indoor monitor which shows you a number of different readings throughout the day.

Wireless speakers

Once your loved one has worked so hard to achieve a beautiful, healthy lawn, they naturally want to be able to enjoy it. When the weather gets warmer, wireless speakers will let them listen to all their favorites in the great outdoors. Just be sure to get one that’s designed to be taken outside so it can withstand the humidity and the elements.

The holidays present us with the unique opportunity to show our family and friends how much they mean to us by thoughtfully choosing gifts for them which reflect their interests, goals, and hobbies. If there’s someone on your list who enjoys caring for their lawn, there are plenty of gifts you can find to help them enjoy their outdoor haven even more. If you’re interested in a consultation and lawn treatment for you or a loved one, schedule your free lawn care consultation with Turf Shield.

Helpful Tips for Healthy Trees

Helpful Tips for Healthy TreesIf you live in Atlanta or the surrounding suburbs, you are undoubtedly no stranger to trees.  With its long-standing reputation as the “city in a forest,” Atlanta is known for enjoying significantly more green-canopy coverage than most other cities in the United States, but properly maintaining the trees that contribute to that canopy can be a confusing prospect for many property owners.  One of the many lawn care services that we offer at Turf Shield, Inc. is a tree and shrub maintenance program that includes seven applications of a unique fertilizer, pesticide, and fungicide blend. These treatments promote healthy growth while preventing damage and disease, no matter what the season, and can be easily customized to each customer’s individual needs, but there are also some important steps that you can take to ensure that your trees are healthy and provide your family with maximum enjoyment.

Plan Ahead

Selecting the trees that you want to plant, and choosing the best locations to plant them, requires a great deal of care and consideration.  Choose short, flowering trees if there are overhead power lines, as larger trees may have to be severely pruned when they grow to maturity.  Think about placing large, deciduous trees on the southeast, southwest, and west sides of the property so they can provide cooling shade in the summer without obstructing the low winter sun.  Conversely, an evergreen windbreak on the north blocks cold winds in winter and makes your yard more usable during colder months.  Finally, don’t forget that some trees only grow in specific types of soil, so consult one of our experts before making a final decision.

Be Diligent about Maintenance

New trees require a great deal of care, including mulching and frequent deep watering.  A heavy coating of wood-chip mulch insulates the soil, protecting the tree seedling from extremes in temperature and helping to keep the roots moist.  The sweltering heat and persistent drought conditions that have plagued the last several Georgia summers are particularly harmful to young trees, so providing enough water to moisten the soil to the depth that includes all of the roots is vital.  Proper tree maintenance encourages rapid root establishment, which not only keeps trees healthy but gives them a firmer hold on the earth, reducing the chance that they may topple over in adverse weather.

Don’t Forget to Prune

Every winter, falling branches cause damage to homes and inconvenience to motorists all across the region, so keeping your trees properly shaped and pruned is as much an issue of safety as neighborly politeness.  Pruning trees during the winter months, while they are dormant, is the most common practice, and is most conducive to provoking a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring.  However, the requirements of individual species can vary, and so you should get some expert landscaping advice and adopt a pruning schedule that takes into consideration what your trees need and the overall effect you are trying to achieve.

If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Your December Lawn Care To-Do List

Your December Lawn Care To-Do ListFor many people, December is not peak gardening season. As the end of the year rolls around, it’s common for many of us to shift our attention away from lawn care and towards the Holiday season. However, ignoring your lawn throughout December can be costly. Plants can be lost, trees can be damaged and your lawn can take the full brunt of the harsh winter cold. That’s why we like to advise homeowners to be mindful of a few minor winter routines that can pay big dividends down the road.

Despite conventional wisdom, there is much you can do in December to maintain your lawn and garden. Just a bit of regular maintenance and knowhow this December can go a long way towards protecting your lawn from the winter cold and having it prepared to triumphantly return to its lush, green form when spring time comes around again.

A few important things we always include on our own personal to-do lists, that can keep your lawn alive through a long, cold December and ready to thrive in the new year, include:

Lawn

  • Winterize all lawn equipment and tools according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Fertilize before the first freeze to replace all of the nutrients in the soil that may have been lost during the hot summer months.
  • Regularly rake gently to prevent leaves from piling up.
  • Clean and service your lawn mower to ensure it’s ready for next season.
  • Treat lawns for potential pests.
  • Check out plant and seed catalogues for ideas for next year.

Trees & Shrubs

  • Continue adding mulch to trees and shrubs.
  • Protect your shrubbery from rodents and other animals who may seek alternate food sources during the winter.
  • Defend trees and shrubs against frost.
  • Continue planting trees, shrubs and hedges for next year.

Taking these handy steps can help put you ahead of the game come next spring. If you would prefer to curl up by the fireplace and leave the lawn care to the professionals, you can always call the experts at Turf Shield. Contact Turf Shield today for your year-round lawn care needs and reap the benefits of letting the pros handle the yardwork for you. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for additional tips, stories & developments in the world of lawn maintenance.

Why Does My Grass Turn Brown in the Fall?

Why Does My Grass Turn Brown in the FallMany people love the natural beauty of the color-changing leaves in the fall, especially in such a tree-rich area as metro Atlanta. But one part of the landscape that isn’t at its best this season is grass. As the temperature cools, our grass loses its beautiful green color and takes on a brown, straw-like hue. Why does this happen, and is there anything you can do in terms of lawn care to stave it off?

As many Atlantans who have lived up north in the past have discovered, different geographical areas tend to use different types of grass, because each type of grass thrives in a specific climate. Homeowners in the northern US (and other areas with harsh winters) use cool season grasses, which can withstand their low temperatures. In Atlanta and other southern states, however, our climate is best suited to warm season grasses, which are more resilient to the drought and heat that we are more likely to struggle with. While cool season grasses stay green throughout the winter, it is our warm season grasses which turn golden brown during the cooling months.

So what actually causes these types of grass to turn brown? While some homeowners worry that their grass is dying when they see the color begin to change, the good news is that it’s only going dormant. This is done as a defense mechanism, because these grasses do not thrive in cold temperatures as well as cool season grasses do. And while it doesn’t generally get cold enough in Georgia to kill the grass, the temperature does drop enough to send them into dormancy.

It’s understandable that homeowners aren’t thrilled with the color change in the fall and may then wonder if there is anything that can be done about it. Dormancy is necessary for the grass to survive, so there isn’t a way to prevent the grass from going dormant. However, in some cases, you may have the option of overseeding your grass with a cool season grass like ryegrass and enjoy some green in your lawn throughout the winter. Keep in mind that this is not necessarily a viable option for everyone and is dependent on the soil type, shading, maintenance requirements, and more, so it’s important to speak with a lawn care professional about your options before taking action.

Whether you choose to accept your lawn’s dormancy or give overseeding a try, being proactive about your lawn care now can help your grass return to its full, beautiful color and thickness in the spring. To discuss what you can do to keep your lawn healthy throughout all four seasons, schedule a lawn care consultation with our professionals at Turf Shield.