For many homeowners, it is a constant battle to keep their yard looking healthy, especially during the hot summer months. Use the following tips to help build and maintain a beautiful lawn.
The most important nutrient that turf grass requires is water. Here are some general guidelines to follow when watering your lawn.
- Never water during the heat of the day. Water will evaporate quickly during the heat. Not only is it an inefficient way to water, but the water that remains gets warm and may cause the grass to wilt.
- Water during the early morning hours. This gives the water a chance to soak in and reach the grass roots. A sprinkler system gives you the freedom to water during the early morning hours, without the hassle of having to get up and water.
- Avoid watering late in the evening. Weed and diseases tend to develop more at night than they do during the day.
- Water based on the conditions. Because of the heat, July and August may require more watering than May or September.
- Consider a weather station for your sprinkler system. There are several sensors available that will take the guesswork out of watering for conditions.
- If you have just planted a brand new lawn, you will need to water daily for approximately 4-6 weeks.
It is important to the health of your lawn, and the general curb appeal, to keep your lawn at the proper height.
- Never mow during the heat of the day. The hot summer sun can damage a newly exposed grass blade.
- Keep your mower set at 2 1/2" - 3". When grass is cut too short it can cause brown spots in the lawn, which lead to a higher chance of weeds and disease.
- Never mow more than 1/3 of the blade. Mowing more than 1/3 of the blade causes the shaft to be cut and exposed, which damages the grass. Mow less of the height, more frequently.
- Keep the blades on your mower sharp. A dull blade begins the shred the grass instead of cutting it. Not only will your lawn look worse, but it will also damage the grass.
- Watering the day before you mow can help avoid the browning of the grass tips.
Fertilizer is an essential part of maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn.
- For the best looking turf grass, use 4lbs. of fertilizer per 1000 sq. ft. of yard over the course of the season. Like mowing, it is better to fertilize less, more frequently.
- Crabgrass preventer should be applied in early spring.
- Use the right fertilizer. It is important to use a slow-release fertilizer to avoid surge growth. This will keep your lawn a consistent green color throughout the season.
- Use weed control safely. It is better for your lawn and the environment to only use weed control on your weeds, rather than applying it to the whole yard.
Remember, there are many different factors that can keep a lawn from looking its best. There are also many different treatments, like aeration, lime, grub control and fungicides. If your lawn isn't meeting your expectations or you have any questions, give RainMaster Lawn Systems a call at 715.839.8484.