The health and condition of your home's lawn can affect the exterior appearance of your home in a big way. To keep your lawn green, thick, and lush, here are three important areas to remember in your lawn care to help you achieve a healthy, green lawn.
When you mow your lawn, it is not the best plan to mow your lawn as short as possible. Not only does mowing your lawn too short put your lawn at risk of dying during drought conditions, it also makes your lawn less dense, which allows weeds to grow within it more easily. A thick and tall lawn will help shade out the sunlight needed for weed seeds to germinate and grow in your lawn. Keeping your lawn cut at a taller height also minimizes mowing stress on your lawn and helps it to grow deeper roots.
It is recommended to cut only the top one-third of the lawn blades each cutting. Also, set the height of your lawnmower blade to cut your grass at a height of two-and-one-half to three inches. Then, make sure your mower's blades are kept sharp. Dull mower blades will shred the tops of your grass blades can add extra stress to your lawn, making it more susceptible to disease. If your lawn looks as though it has a white tint to it after you have mowed it, your blades are dull. This white appearance comes from the jagged edges of your grass blades cut from dull blades. As a result, your grass will require more water and nutrients to repair and heal itself. You may want to replace the blades or mower at a place like Potestio Brothers Equipment, Inc.
Also, as you mow your lawn, alternate the direction you run your mower each cutting by 45 to 90 degrees. This will prevent your grass from growing at a slant in your yard.
Aerating your lawn is also an important part of keeping your lawn healthy, especially if your lawn sees a lot of foot traffic, which compacts the roots in the soil. As the lawn and soil are compacted downward, this pushes out oxygen and nutrients that your lawn's roots need to stay healthy.
To check if your lawn needs aerating, you can do one of two simple tests: First, insert the pointed end of a screwdriver into your lawn's soil. If the screwdriver's length pushes easily through the soil, you don't need to aerate. If the soil is hard and the screwdriver doesn't slip into the soil, it is time to aerate. A second way to determine if your lawn needs aerating is by cutting down into the soil of your lawn with a shovel. Use the shovel as leverage to push the lawn and soil to the side to see into the gap. If you can see and measure the roots penetrating deeper than two inches, you don't need to aerate. More shallow roots in your lawn indicate you need to aerate your lawn.
You can aerate your lawn in spring or summer by renting your own lawn aerator or hiring aerator services from a local landscaper. It is recommended to water your lawn one to two days before you have it aerated. Then, after the aeration, sprinkle compost or sand over the lawn. This will fill into the holes produced by the aerator and help oxygen, nutrients, and water get to the roots of your lawn.
Your lawn needs one to two inches of water each week to keep it healthy, and they should be completed in the early hours of the morning. It is a good idea to measure how quickly your lawn receives water from your sprinklers by placing a cake pan or an empty can on the lawn and set a timer to see how long it takes for the container to collect an inch of water. Then, space out your lawn's watering over the course of the week, every three of four days. For example, if it takes one hour for your container to collect an inch of water, schedule approximately two weekly watering sessions of thirty minutes each.
During times of higher summer temperatures, your lawn may need a bit more watering. Watch the condition of your lawn during any heat waves to determine if it needs more watering.
Use these tips to keep a healthy and green lawn.