LAWN CARE TIPS

 

MOWING LAWN: Mow the grass regularly. Depending on where you live, and how fast your grass grows, mow once every week or once every two weeks. Adjust the lawn mower blade so that it does not cut off more than one third of the height of the grass. The surface area of each blade of grass is important in sustaining the health of the lawn. Cutting the grass too short creates an environment conducive to disease.


LAWN AERATION: Another essential lawn tip is to make sure that your soil is not too compact. Over time, soil becomes compact and hard beneath the grass, which causes problems such as reduced moisture penetration and restricted grass root growth.

 

LAWN FERTILIZING: Fertilizer can help your lawn grow. While you can grow a healthy and attractive lawn without fertilizers, many people find them helpful. However, avoid using too much fertilizer, which can kill your lawn and harm the environment as the excess fertilizer is washed away.


LAWN OVERSEEDING: To prevent weeds and avoid the use of herbicides, you can use the organic lawn practice of overseeding. Overseeding helps crowd out weeds and creates a thick, lush lawn. First, rake or aerate to expose soil. Then spread about one-and-a-half times more than the recommended amount of grass seed.

 

WATERING PRIMER: Watering your lawn is something that, if not done properly, can do more damage than good. There are three basic concepts that you need to understand in order to irrigate properly. First is timing. If you water your lawn on a regular basis, be prepared to mow just as robotically and scout for pests that much more frequently. Watering when your grass needs it encourages drought resistance. Second is the depth of moisture penetration. You need to moisten (not drench!) the soil to the bottom of the root zone, which is between four and six inches, depending on grass type. In typical soils, one inch of water applied to the lawn will result in moistening the soil down four to five inches. Heavier soils will require more water coupled with time without water to allow percolation. While sandier soils will require less water, it will need it more frequently.

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