A green and thriving lawn increases the value of your home, helps you lead the neighborhood in curb appeal and gives you the perfect place for hosting summer parties. Focusing on making your yard healthy takes quite a bit of work, but you’ll reap the rewards in the long run.
Mow and Water Right
Mowing regularly controls weeds and encourages stronger growth from your turf grass, but only if you use a high setting and leave as much grass as possible. Many people mow too low and end up damaging the health of their lawn. Most turf grasses grow best when left at least half an inch high, but tall fescue mixes shouldn’t be cut lower than three inches. Use a fresh and sharp blade and don’t remove more than a third of the height at any one time.
Watering sparingly, but deeply, during the entire summer is also essential for lawn health. Don’t water more than once a week when possible to prevent fungus that thrives in damp grass, but make sure you’re giving the entire lawn at least one to two inches of water. Consider mulching with clippings to prevent evaporation that wastes moisture.
Stick to a Maintenance Schedule
Maintaining the lawn with a few basic landscaping techniques is another essential step for green growth. Without proper aeration, all the watering you do in the heat of the summer will do little to help the roots. Aeration in the spring or fall creates openings in the root mats of the grass, so water and air can penetrate for healthier grass regardless of variety. Dethatching is not necessary every year, but it is a good idea if your lawn has an unusually thick layer of thatch that makes aeration difficult.
You’ll notice fungus infestations and browning at a glance, but pests can be harder to spot until they’re so settled in that it’s hard to treat them. Take a moment every week to check a few random patches by hand for grasshoppers, grubs, mole crickets, voles and Japanese beetles. If you spot any signs of pests or damage from insects, call a landscaping professional for immediate treatment.
Finally, feed the grass everything it needs to grow by providing a few doses of fertilizer spread out over the season. Start with a spring application between February and April, preferably around the time you cut it for the first time. Use a secondary slow release mix in early summer (June) to get the grass ready for the stresses of summer. Follow up with a quick release and low-intensity feeding in the middle or end of August, depending on when the best time is for supplemental watering to mix in fertilizer. The final fertilizing comes in fall, before the last frost.
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