Imagine a green, lush lawn that stays all throughout the summer. Sometimes the power of lawn maintenance is underrated. Yet, it is the first impression of your home, company, and neighbourhood. Unlike your home, it is not only seen my friends and family but strangers and anyone passing by alike. It is very much a part of your identity.
Rich laws also look great in pictures, serve as a beautiful backdrop for all your picnics, barbeque and other summer parties. Follow our tips and you’ll be the envy of the town – envy as green as your lawn!
First and foremost, you most inspect and assess the grounds. As obvious as this may sound, it’s a critical step that is often overlooked. Look around and put your nose to the ground. What are the specific problems with your lawn? Look for bare patches, sprouting weeds, overhanging limbs from plants, burnt grass, funny spots on your trees, brown circles in the grass from bugs, and anything else. This step helps identify the problem AND helps you create a plan for what you need to do and what you need to buy.
- Spray Selectively
Just like your perfume, no need to be too liberal with your weed killers and sprays. Find the problem areas and target spray at necessary spots. Alternatively or in addition, try using turf formulas to green things up. They are not fertilizers and seep into the roots to boost growth and stimulate soil nutrients.
- Give your Trees a Haircut
Look up! There’s more to your lawn than just grass. Not only are overhanging branches just plain unsightly, but they cause over-shading in certain areas. That can take away from the uniform colour and quality of your grass by getting less sunlight and it also makes it harder to mow in that area. Not to mention, trimming a bit actually provokes healthy growth.
A few things to keep in mind here. Remember the one-third rule. Removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade will stress it out, giving it a burnt look and dampen healthy growth. Longer grass also means roots grow deeper, which actually helps withstand drought and combat pests and diseases. Mow frequently and leave some clippings scattered to provide the lawn with a natural source of nitrogen. It’s also important to keep your mower’s blades sharp for cleaner cuts that allow faster grass recovery.
- Fertilizing and Over Seeding
These are giving your grass nutrients and necessary food for growth. Fertilizer feeds your lawn and strengthens the roots. But when it should be applied varies on lawn type, location, weather, and soil!
Over seeding is throwing grass seeds over your lawn. This is to help with light, patchy areas or when a different variety of seeds are scattered to change the appearance and properties of the lawn. It can also create a fuller lawn and helps overcome winter damage and heat stress.
Make sure to water or set up your system so they cover the lawn evenly, providing equal amounts of water. Be careful to water enough that the grass stays moist and fertile but not drenched and drowning. The lawn can be water infrequently, from one to three times a week. However, when it is watered, deep watering is encourages to grow deeper roots. Water to about one inch (2.5 cm). Another tip is to water earlier in the day to avoid quick evaporation.
Follow these tips and even the hottest summers will be a breeze. And let us know how they worked for you!