Summer is almost upon us, and that means more time spent outside playing and barbecuing in the backyard. Use the following tips to help maintain a lush lawn that your neighbors will admire and both your eyes and your feet will appreciate.
Top seeding or overseeding is a great way to thicken an existing lawn. Spring and Fall are the best times to apply new seed. Mow your existing lawn short (bag grass clipping) to allow the grass seed contact with the soil. Water 1-2 times a day to help the seed grow. Mow as needed.
Fertilizing is an essential step in a healthy lawn. Spring is the most important application of the growing season. Apply a weed/crabgrass control plus fertilizer in the spring to help prevent weeds. A thick healthy lawn is the best weed preventer.
Aerating Plug/core aeration punctures the soil and pulls plugs of soil from the ground. This helps bring air and moister down to the root system. Also helps with soil compaction. Ideal for heavy traffic areas.
Dethatching is the removal of dead grass, roots, leaves and other debris from the lawn. This is best done in the early spring or fall. Dethatching helps prevent water runoff.
Watering most lawns require about 1-1.5” of water per week. Newly seeded lawns should be watered regularly to help establish a strong root system.
Mowing is best done when the grass is dry and in the coolest times of the day. Only mow the top 1/3 of the grass blade, even if it means having to mow it again in a few days. Mowing more than 1/3 of the grass blade will result in “scalping”. A scalped lawn will focus its energy on restoring the grass blade; whereas a longer blade lawn will send its energy to the root system. Taller grass blades also require less water because of the additional shade.
Weed Control and Prevention, following the steps above, is the best way to control weeds. A healthy turf will not allow weeds to grow. Should weeds appear, you can apply a liquid or granular weed killer. A granular weed preventer is best applied with a broadcast spreader. Spot treating troublesome weed areas is best used with a liquid application. Follow the manufacturers recommendations on the label before applying to your lawn.
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