Every neighborhood has that neighbor. You know the one…they have perfect lawn. No weeds. No burnt spots. Just lush, green grass.
“They must work at a golf course, right?”
Well, it’s possible. But maybe they just know a thing or two about creating and managing a lawn. Here are a few tips to help you do the same…although we can’t promise the same results.
Obviously, water is essential for your lawn to grow. But did you know that it’s possible to over-water your lawn? Rather than watering your lawn for a few minutes every day, consider watering for longer periods every other day. Doing so, encourages the grass roots to establish themselves deeper, as they search for yesterday’s water source.
Most homeowners don’t give much thought to how to cut their grass. But it’s important. First-and-foremost, it’s essential that your lawnmower has sharp blades. Blunt blades can ruin the grass. It’s also important that your lawnmower is set at the correct height for your grass type. Also, when you cut use a mulch setting and let the grass clippings fall onto the lawn. This helps provide nutrition to the soil, plus helps it stay moist. One more thing – mix up the direction you mow each time.
One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to aerate it once or twice a year. Aerating includes adding holes into the soil, giving it access to air and water. It’s most common to aerate in cool seasons, like spring and fall.
Fertilization adds essential nutrients to your lawn, helping the roots grow strong and avoid disease.
In many areas of the country, pests can wreak havoc on a lawn. Fire ants can take nest. Chafer beetles and grubs can destroy grass roots. Plus, seeing as many of these grubs are tasty to bigger animals, a failure to control pests can lead to digging holes and burrows.
We hope that this is the year you create that perfect lawn. Good luck.