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Illinois Lawn Care Plans

Taking care of your lawn in Illinois is a year-round commitment that varies with the state's unique climate, ranging from humid summers to freezing winters. Known for its clay-heavy soil, lawn care in Illinois isn't as simple as mow-and-go. A well-thought-out lawn care schedule tailored to the state's specific weather conditions is essential for maintaining a lush, green lawn.

Begin your Illinois lawn care journey with routine mowing. Contrary to popular belief, mowing isn't just about length; it's about timing. In Illinois, start mowing in late spring when the soil dries out and continue until late fall. A height of 2.5 to 3 inches is optimal for cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue. Always follow the one-third rule: never cut more than a third of the grass height at once to avoid stress and diseases.

However, mowing is just the tip of the iceberg. Fertilization, vital for lawn health, must be compatible with Illinois's clay soil. A slow-release granular fertilizer, preferably one rich in nitrogen, should be applied in late spring and again in early fall. For seeding, the ideal window is late summer to early fall, when soil temperatures are still warm but air temperatures start to cool. This is the best time to patch bald spots or overseed to thicken your lawn. For those of you who want to go beyond just grass, consider native Illinois plants and shrubs; they are not only beautiful but also well-suited for the local soil and climate.

By sticking to this tailored plan, you’ll have a better chance at maintaining a healthy, vibrant lawn that can stand up to Illinois’s diverse conditions.

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