Purchasing a new home is an exciting time, but taking on responsibility for maintaining a new property can also be stressful. For many new homeowners, knowing what to do to improve or maintain your lawn is a challenge. The team at Commercial Lawn Equipment would like to offer the following tips to help homeowners grasp the basics of lawn care. We are always here to help with any questions or concerns that you may have about your lawn and the equipment it takes to keep it looking great throughout the year.
Start at the Beginning
Under every great lawn lies great soil. It is absolutely critical to understand the condition of your soil, and to take steps to boost the nutrient content and balance the pH as needed. That process begins by using a home testing kit or hiring a contractor to perform a soil test. Samples are taken from various parts of the lawn to give an overall view of the health of your soil. When the results come in, homeowners can take steps to augment nutrients and address any pH issues. Once the soil is in great shape, it is possible to create and maintain a beautiful lawn.
Planting the Seeds of Success
The next step lies in planting the grass seed that will form the foundation of your yard. For those homeowners who are starting from scratch, it is important to make a wise choice in the type of lawn that will be established. Choose a grass that will perform well in your specific climate, and be sure to choose an option that has attainable maintenance needs. For those who already have grass in place and are looking to augment the existing lawn, select a type of grass seed that is the same as the existing lawn, or complimentary in nature. Be sure to aerate before seeding, and time the process to take advantage of optimal weather conditions.
Know the Importance of Mowing and Watering
The single most important thing that homeowners can do to keep their lawn looking healthy is to establish and adhere to a schedule of watering and mowing. Giving your lawn ample water will allow the grass to grow properly, especially after overseeding. Regular mowing keeps the turf at a consistent level, which allows the grass to thrive without being subjected to undue stress.
Know Your Fertilization and Weed Control Needs
An established lawn still requires a degree of maintenance, and those tasks go beyond just watering and mowing. Fertilizing the lawn is important, and should take place between one and four times each year. The health of the soil, type of grass seed and overall health of the lawn will dictate the fertilization schedule. Planning ahead can make this task easier to manage. When it comes to weed control, it is helpful to know which types of weeds are an issue in your lawn, so that the proper products can be chosen. Fortunately, there are some good combination fertilizer/weed control options available.
At Commercial Lawn Equipment, we are proud to provide lawn care tips and tools to new homeowners, as well as seasoned landscaping professionals. We offer a wide range of products and services and can extend 0% financing as needed. Our knowledgeable staff is always here to help, and we look forward to working with you to create the lawn of your dreams at your new home!