Tips for a lush lawn
It seems that everyone is looking for that perfectly green, lush lawn. Every spring, up and down every street, people struggle to grow and maintain their lawn to golf course standards. Are you sure you're doing all the right things to care for your lawn? If not, we've got a few useful tips to help you get your lawn looking great.
Lawn Care Tips
Most people assume that they can lay down sod or seed bare earth to get the lush green lawn of their dreams, but it can take a little more effort to get the best results.
Aerating is one of the most important steps to lawn care success. If you've got heavy, badly drained soil in your yard or the earth feels more like concrete by August, you need to aerate your lawn. When you aerate, you're essentially making it easier for the grass roots to spread by giving the system more room to grow. Aerating also allows for better drainage and air circulation – all good things for growing grass.
Fertilizing your lawn means you're feeding it with nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, the building blocks of strong root systems. To fertilize, choose times in early spring, mid-summer and late fall, and always make sure that the fertilizer you choose is suited to the type of grass you're growing.
Regular weeding is required to keep your lawn looking pristine. There are a number of ways to keep weeds under control, beginning with mowing your lawn regularly. Weeds that don't flower can't throw seeds, so be vigilant about cutting them down. Next, dig out weeds that pop up, making sure to get the roots. As a last resort, consider using herbicides to target those pesky unwanted plants without killing the surrounding grass.
It can be tough to know what's best when it comes to lawn watering, especially in summer when water bans are in effect. A good general rule of thumb is that grass needs 1 inch of water a week to keep its green color and to promote new growth. The key is to set a watering schedule and stick to it through the summer months, even in drought conditions, so that the grass uses its energy supply consistently.
Proper mowing all depends on the type of grass you've got. For optimal results, it's recommended that you cut on the higher side, leaving more of the blade intact to allow grass to grow healthier roots. Different grasses call for different mower heights, so be sure to set your blade according to the guide below:
- Kentucky bluegrass: 1.5 to 2.5 inches (3.8 to 6.4 centimeters)
- Rye: 1.5 to 2.5 in (3.8 to 6.4 cm)
- Fescue: 1.5 to 2.5 in (3.8 to 6.4 cm)
- Tall fescue: 1.5 to 3 in (3.8 to 7.6 cm)
- Bermuda: 0.5 to 1 in (1.3 to 2.5 cm)
- St. Augustine: 1 to 3 in (2.5 to 7.6 cm)
- Bentgrass: 0.25 to 0.75 in (0.64 to 1.9 cm)
Another way to get good mowing results is to use a lawn roller to tamp down uneven patches. This should help avoid cutting grass too short or leaving it too long in some areas. Lawn rollers are also great for seeding and laying sod because a flat, smooth surface ensures that the seeds make contact with the earth.
Lawn Care Services
An easy way to skip the lawn drama is to hire a lawn care service to maintain your lawn. Call your local landscapers, gardeners and lawn care specialists to find out about rates for services from simple lawn mowing to fertilizing, weeding and watering. You might pay more, but most of these services guarantee top-quality results.
Organic Lawn Care
Maintaining a chemical-free lawn is possible, and many people are choosing to put down the chemical weed killer and fertilizers in favor of a few natural solutions. Organic lawn care practices include avoiding herbicides and pesticides in favor of simply removing the weed with roots intact and mowing regularly. For best results, choose a grass that is native to your area. This can help mitigate issues like fertilizing and watering because the grass will already be adapted to your climate and soil conditions.