You have just moved into your first home. You are proud of this achievement and look forward to making it your own. There is, however, one problem you didn’t expect to come with homeownership: Lawn Maintenance. You immediately sign up for a club membership at the local golf course so that you can have the greenest grass on your street. Now you need to know how to maintain it so that it stays this way. Lawn maintenance might seem like an arduous task but once it becomes part of your routine. You’ll find that maintaining the greenest grass on the block will be easy as pie!
Here are some tips for keeping your lawn healthy and green:
The most important thing you can do to maintain your lawn is water it properly. Watering too much or not enough will cause your grass to die. Follow these steps when watering:
First, know the amount of water needed for your yard’s size and soil type. Then, be sure to water with even distribution and infrequent sittings. Set a schedule: Water in the morning so that there is time for deep root absorption before nightfall and avoid early evening watering because this encourages shallow rooting and makes the grass weak and susceptible to disease. Finally, check soil moisture by plunging one hand 2 inches into the soil beside your lawn — if moist, don’t water; if dry, water.
Mow high to allow grass to develop deep roots, which helps it withstand heat and drought more effectively. For example, if your lawn is mowed at 3 inches tall then you should water every 4-5 days in the summertime or 6-7 days in the wintertime.
If you are mowing frequently (e.g., every week), consider raising this height to 3 1/2 -4 inches tall to keep moisture loss lower while still maintaining a manicured look. Also, using mulchers for your clippings will reduce unnecessary nutrient loss through decomposition because most of the clippings will remain on the lawn instead of being raked away with bagging equipment. A study done for the University of Georgia Extension estimated that you can save up to 11 gallons of water for every 1000 sq. ft. if you mulch your clippings rather than bag them.
It’s important to fertilize correctly, too. Nitrogen is extremely important in grass growth but it must be balanced with phosphorus and potassium so that your lawn thrives without over-fertilizing it and hurting its resilience to heat, drought, disease, insects, etc.
Fertilizers also have different nitrogen contents so read the label carefully before purchasing one or ask a professional at your local nursery for advice on which kind is right for your yard.
Depending upon what type of fertilizer you choose, you’ll need to follow different application schedules. A starter fertilizer is applied at the beginning of the season or before seeding to give your grass a quick boost. There is no need to fertilize during late summer as this will encourage excess growth and weaken your grass’s ability to harden off for winter.
Finally, know when and how to spot spray weeds. Early fall is actually a great time to control weeds because they can’t set seed yet and it gives you and your lawn some extra time before cold weather sets in.
During this period, weeds are more likely to absorb herbicides than desirable plants so avoid broadleaf weed controls at this time (e.g., “weed & feed” products). If you do want to use organic weed control. Try boiling water or vinegar to spot spray weeds rather than broadleaf controls. Another method is purchasing an inexpensive handheld propane weed torch and lighting up the weeds at their base with it so that they dry out and die.
We hope that our guide on Lawn Maintenance Will helps you to maintain your lawn.