Lawn Care Maintenance Tips
Gridiron Landscaping has a goal that every homeowner can achieve a beautiful lawn. Below are a few tips I often preach to my clients and you can use to make sure your lawn is looking its best and is at its healthiest.
Duration - Its best to give your lawn a deep watering (about and inch worth) instead of shorter frequent watering’s. Deep watering encourages root growth while shallow and frequent watering will stunt it. Shoot to water your lawn once a week, once summer is in full swing shoot for twice.
Time - Watering is best performed early mornings before the sun comes out. Mornings are most beneficial as evening watering can sometimes lead to things such a fungus and mushrooms.
Mow Height - While its more maintenance (Cutting more often) mowing high can give your lawn an extra boost due to increased photosynthesis. Bigger blades of grass = more nutrients absorbed. Higher blades also helps protect the root system from the hot sun. Early spring mow shorter, when growing season is in full swing aim for 3 inches in height.
Blade Sharp – Keeping your blade sharp will give your mower cleaner cuts on your grass. Sharp cuts will prevent a yellowing shade, as well as help your grass prevent against diseases.
Mulching – Mulching is great to use if your mower has the option. Thinly chopped mulched grass that’s deposited back into your lawn instead of bagged and removed provides your lawn with nutrients (expand which) 25%). Only mulch if your mower has the option otherwise it can lead to increased thatch buildup.
Aerate and Fertilize
Aeration is vital for a lawn that has issues such as compaction, drainage issues, sparse lawns. Core Aerating is a great option as it allows nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.
Leave the Cores – Leaving your cores is the best course of action when aerating. The cores provide vital microbes and and added layer of topsoil which your grass will love.
Fertilization Frequency - Fertilize 2-4 times a year – Fertilizer provide your grass with vital nutrients which help encourage root growth, give it strength to fight diseases, help with blade growth and greening up.
Over Seeding is a great tool to use for lawns that are older. Grass multiplies and spreads but even so, it has a limited life span. After a while your grass will start thinning which can leave space for things such as weed to take hold in your grass. Over Seeding will keep your grass thick and choke weeds out.
Power raking is a great option if your grass has a thick thatch or debris layer that’s preventing nutrients from reaching roots. Power raking should be done once every few years, if there is a thatch layer or dead debris layer. If its preformed yearly its best to be done at a higher height as not to disturb to much root growth.
Every couple years or so it’s a good idea to top-dress your lawn. This is used to build up and improve the quality of the existing soil, providing additional drought resistance and drainage, whilst evening out any imperfections. Make sure you are adding the correct soil mixture when adding topsoil. It’s a good idea to Over Seed at the same time when top dressing.