Having a good, healthy-looking yard is important to any homeowner. It brings a vibrant sense of energy to a home and makes you feel good about what you own. However, making your lawn look good permanently is easier said than done. Whether it’s kids running around and playing or dogs trouncing around, your lawn is bound to see all kinds of foot traffic. Plus, winter presents another whole challenge entirely. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your lawn looking as robust as ever.
Water Heavier, But Less Often
One common mistake is running the sprinklers for a few minutes throughout the week. While you may think doing a light mist every day will help, it ultimately doesn’t do much at all. Instead, water your lawn about once per week with an inch of water. This can vary based on weather conditions, but the results will be the same. This method allows the roots of the grass to grow deeper while also strengthening your lawn’s resistance to droughts.
Don’t Throw Out Your Clippings
Most people tend to throw out their lawn clippings so there isn’t a mess of them scattered on the lawn afterward. What they don’t know, though, is that these clippings actually have vital nutrients that will help feed their lawn. When you discard your clippings you are throwing away nutrients. Mulching reduces the amount of fertilizer required and improves soil texture. It’s also less work for you when you are done mowing! This does not apply to the first cut of Bermuda in early spring. Removing the brown dormant clippings also called scalping the lawn can speed up the initial green up by allowing sunlight to warm the soil faster.
Cut the Proper Height
Another thing most people tend to do when people mow is cut their grass as short as possible. During rainy periods it may not be possible to mow as often as needed. Try to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a time. You can adjust back down to your desired height over a couple weeks. This will prevent shock or stress to your lawn and will result in a healthier greener lawn. The recommended height varies based on what type of grass you have. Bermuda and Zoysia can be mowed lower than Fescue. Also keep your blades sharpened to help prevent damage to the grass blades that cause yellowing and damage.
Should you aerate your lawn or not? Aeration, removing small plugs of soil throughout the lawn, drastically improves the health of your lawn. It allows water and nutrients to reach the root system instead of running off the lawn. It allows more air to reach the turf. This helps prevent fungus and other problems associated with the lawn staying too damp. We highly recommend aeration for Bermuda and Zoysia lawns every spring. Fescue lawns should be aerated in the fall in conjunction with over seeding. Contact us today to schedule your aeration service.
Pay for Lawn Service or DIY
Some things to consider before you do it yourself. You can do the research, buy necessary equipment and materials to get good results. However you need to follow label instructions, calculate the amount of required products, and correctly calibrate spreaders and spray equipment. In the end you will typically spend a lot more and not be happy with the results if you use equipment and products from box stores. We have the knowledge, professional application equipment, and buy professional products in bulk which allows us to keep your lawn looking great for less than you would spend going the DIY route.
Have questions about your lawn or need assistance? Contact us at Action Pest and Turf to talk to a locally owned and operated team of professionals that want to help you.