Have you ever had green lawn envy? You know, that feeling you get when your neighbor’s lawn is greener than yours. No one wants to have the ugliest lawn on the street at any time of the year, so the Lawn Coaches at Heritage Lawns & Irrigation put together our best tips to help you avoid being that neighbor.
Tip #1: It’s More Than Just Applying Fertilizer & Weed Killer
What keeps your lawn growing healthy, green, and weed-free? Weed killers and fertilizers. However, just because you are adding these applications to your lawn doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to work. This is where do-it-yourselfers and inexperienced or insufficient lawn care companies often make mistakes. Why? Because grass type, weed type, and soil conditions must be taken into account when applying these treatments, as well as the time of the year, moisture level of the lawn, and size of the lawn. For example, if you put down weed killer past a certain date in the spring, it will not do the job that it could have if put down at the appropriate time. This leaves homeowners with an unwanted, weed-filled lawn.
Tip #2: Mowing Your Lawn is an Art
Did you know that there is such a thing as mowing your lawn too short? Or that you could damage the blades of grass in your lawn if your mower’s blade is not sharp enough? We recommend following the one-third rule. This means never mowing more than one third of the grass’ blade length. This could damage your grass by putting stress on the blade. By following this rule, your grass will be able to perform lateral growth, which is necessary for a thicker lawn that prevents weeds.
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Tip #3: Water Deeply, But Infrequently
When it comes to watering your lawn, there are two common ways to water: deep watering and light sprinklings. President of Heritage Lawns & Irrigation, Wes Ory, recommends watering deeply, but infrequently and not every day. Why? When a lawn receives a deep watering, it can develop deeper roots that can reach subsurface water supplies. Light sprinklings, or those short daily waterings, leave the grass’ roots shallow and soil conditions poor. We also recommend finishing watering by 10 AM. Why? When watering later in the evening you allow your lawn to remain damp and not dry by the sun. Damp conditions help to promote diseases in your lawn.
Tip #4: Grass Needs Air, Water & Sun to Grow
There are three natural elements that grass needs to grow thick and green: air, water and sun. At Heritage, we often see shaded areas struggle to grow grass that would make your neighbors jealous. What can you do to get sunlight and airflow to your lawn? Try trimming or thinning out your trees to bring more sun and air to that area. In shady areas you will naturally have shallow roots. This means you will also have to adjust your watering to a more frequent shorter waterings. Shady areas are the exception to the deep infrequent watering rule.
Follow these four tips and you will be well on your way to the greenest lawn on the street!
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