Maintaining a healthy lawn is essential on every property. It keeps the soil in your yard stable and helps reduce erosion brought by wind and water. Having a lawn also gives you the opportunity to dress up your yard in many ways. From planting a flower garden, to building a greenhouse, having a lawn makes you more in touch with nature through its natural and organic appeal. Taking care of your lawn is very important. If you’re looking for tips to better take care of that huge patch of green, here are 3 lawn care tips you should know about:
- Water responsibly
Lawn care would probably be much easier if you have Crown Artificial Turf installed. But for those of you who have live real patches of grass, watering correctly is vital. There are several general rules when it comes to watering. In terms of schedule, you should water either late in the evening or early in the morning. These times make for optimal water distribution due to gentler winds, and a cool and humid environment.
There are several types of lawn grass and each has specific water needs. Your watering schedule should also be based on the kind of species you have, current heat and soil condition, and the current health of your lawn. Cool season grasses like ryegrass, fescue, and bluegrass need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. When it’s dry and hot season, increase the water to 2.25 inches. On the other hand, warm season grasses like blue grama or buffalo grass can withstand weeks without watering, so you’re good with these types during the summer season. If you’re not sure how much water your lawn needs, you can ask your local home and garden depot or search online. To track how much water you’ve put in, you can leave open containers or cans on your lawn every time you water and observe how much it collects.
- Mow properly
As a general rule, you should keep your grass high enough. Tall grass makes for a healthy lawn. Keep your lawn height at 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches tall all year round. Experts agree that grass should be kept tall all the time. Fast growing species should be cut every three to four days during spring season when their growth is at peak. But if you missed the mowing season, don’t cut any more than ⅓ of the grass blade as this could cause serious damage to your grass.
Grass is most vulnerable during the hottest part of the day which is during noon and early afternoon. It’s during these times that you should avoid mowing the grass. Ideally, you should mow the grass when the lawn is dry and cool, but not when the grass is wet. Wet grass clippings have a tendency to clump and not get evenly distributed across the lawn.
- Fertilize wisely
Fertilizing your lawn has a lot of benefits. Regularly feeding your lawn with the right fertilizer gives it the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and lush. It’ll be so fun to walk barefoot on with your family and do picnics together! In choosing a fertilizer, it’s advisable to get a mix of slow-release and fast-release fertilizer. This ensures a balance in the nutrients your lawn needs, preventing excessive overgrowth or burning.
Nitrogen is arguably the most important nutrient your lawn needs. The number labels on a fertilizer tell you the concentration of nutrients it has. The first number should be the highest as this accounts for Nitrogen content. The ideal ratio is 3:1:2 or 4:1:2. Also, If you can afford it, an organic fertilizer is also ideal for your lawn as it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals that may damage your grass.