When we bought our very first home back in November here in Texas, I never really considered what the state of our yard would be. The neighborhood is fairly new – about 4 years old – and new homes are continuing to be built on lots and sod being laid. I can tell our previous owners, with kids, never did much with the front or the back which left me with a sort of blank slate to work with. Because our move, having a baby, and various other expenses popping up, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do everything I’ve envisioned this year for our outdoor space…but, boy do I have a vision!
What I did want to focus on, however, was getting our lawn the love and attention it so badly needs. Both the front and the back are riddled with weeds – from dandelions to crabgrass – and there are patches where nothing seems to be growing at all! Our neighbor has a large tree whose branches extend into our yard providing a lot of shade. Perhaps that’s what’s causing the brown dead spots? So, in order to get my lawn recharged and growing I took to the web to do some research since I know pretty much nothing about plants, grass, or keeping anything green alive.
While on my nightly browsing of Instagram I stumbled upon a little sponsored post for Sunday Lawn Care. I knew algorithms probably snuck that ad onto my feed (good on ya, FB…I see you) but I wasn’t even mad. I learned a few things about Sunday that already checked a number of boxes for me: they stick out from the crowd by offering expert lawn care advice backed by horticulture and science, their products are eco-friendly and safe for families and pets, and offer a convenient and simple way to both understand and apply their products.
Starting in April
Not all grass is created equal…
Sunday has been a wealth of information for me as a first-timer. I’ve learned so much about grass and soil health and what’s even better is that I’ve learned a lot from the results from the soil sample I sent in. That’s right…a soil sample. You see, not all grass seed is created equal and that primarily has to do with the region you live in (including weather) and the type of soil you have. I learned that in our part of Texas our soil is made up of mostly clay, silt, and sand and based on our results our soil is in need of iron (something grass loves and what gives it that dark green color!). That’s where the spray-on fertilizers come in and easily add that nutrient back into the ground – because when you have healthy soil you have healthy grass and plants!
Sunday Lawn Care
To get my lawn primed and prepped for the spray-on fertilizer that came in my first box I wanted to get my grass growing in the trouble spots first. I read that overseeding your lawn is a good thing and that the more grass you have growing will crowd out troublesome weeds. Because of our soil profile and climate zone, I set out to find the grass that will grow the best…and that’s Bermudagrass!
As you can see in the top photo below, the existing grass was brown (which is normal for our kind of grass – the winter causes it to go dormant and we had just experienced a freak winter storm with snow!) and I also wanted to seed the areas to fill it all in. I threw seed across my lawn and used top soil to give it the necessary boost to get growing.
After it started to sprout I then applied the Iron Booster fertilizer from my first box. The fertilizer pouches come with their own hose attachment (that you save for future uses!). Simply hook your hose up and spray it on – seriously, it’s that simple. You are given a plan and Sunday tells you when to apply it and under what conditions (i.e. don’t water afterwards or apply before you’re expecting rain…).
In the time between these photos we had experienced significant rainfall from various thunderstorms that passed through. I was worried it would damage the little baby grass that was finally coming up but it looked as though it was nourished by the heavy rain. In our area of Texas we have long hot summers with little rain this time of year – until it does rain and it’s a downpour. I’m learning so much about our grass, soil, and weather!
The bottom photo was taken in early May right before a thunderstorm. I have been so pleased with just in a month or so time, the grass seed I laid is coming in and the nutrients from Sunday’s fertilizer has definitely given it a boost. I’ve been very impressed and look forward to applying the other bags this year.
I have been on constant weed control, though – pulling them as I see them. As a part of my box I added Dandelion Doom, a non-pesticide weed killer spray, to help me control those pesky weeds! It did help by getting the whole plant to die but it’s just been impossible to keep them all out of my lawn.
This is the most recent photo I took and I have to say how much I’m loving our lawn – even if it’s still in-progress. The Bermudagrass that’s growing in is luscious and a bright as well as the existing grass. I continue to pull weeds as I see them and I’m becoming more educated on the types of weeds that grow in this area besides dandelions.
I really cannot wait for our lawn to continue to thrive this summer and I can’t thank Sunday enough. I feel as though I have a customized plan for the type of lawn I have and it’s been working for us. I’ve grown to really enjoy my time outside and I don’t regret my decision to focus on the lawn this year instead of jumping right in to landscaping. With a more nurtured lawn and soil I know my future plants will thrive!
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