December 8, 2014

Proper Yard Care Techniques

  • Using the proper amount of water for your lawn is important. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of over watering. The ideal time to water is morning giving the lawn all day to absorb and dry. Lawns needs only an average of an inch of water per week to flourish. The easiest way to achieve an immaculate lawn is to follow a watering schedule and do your best to stick to it. Make it part of your daily routine and try to stay consistent, you will notice the results immediately and wont regret it.
  • Think cutting grass short means cutting less? Think again. Sure cutting the grass down nice and short is the easiest way to give you the most time until the next cut is needed, but unfortunately this is not the best way to go about things. In some cases this method can do more harm than good. Cutting it too short can leave bare patches which is “insect heaven” introducing a whole new lawn care problem. The introduction of insects can lead to your lawn being susceptible to diseases. Cutting your lawn and different lengths according to the season is the best way to go about things. Summer time is an ideal time to keep the grass longer to hold more water, where spring and fall is best to leave the grass a bit shorter to allow the sunlight to get to the soil
  • Fertilization is key when wanting to achieve a green-rich lawn. Two mistakes made when fertilizing is not fertilizing at all or fertilizing too much. It is recommended to fertilize twice a season, once in the spring and again in the fall. It is best to avoid fertilizing in the bright sun. Always remember to follow the fertilizing with an ample amount of water. Over fertilizing will lead to the nitrogen burning into the grass leaving you with those ugly and pesky bare patches.
  • A common question asked is whether or not lawn clippings is good or bad for the lawn. The answer is it has some benefit but is not ideal. Grass clippings contain nitrogen that puts valuable nutrients back into the grass where it belongs. However just as in fertilizing, too much can be detrimental to your lawn. Too much clippings will prevents the sunlight from penetrating the grass and soil to allow growth and flourishing, again resulting in bare patches.
  • What to do with those pesky, thorny weeds… do you try your best to control them by hand? Or is the use of chemicals your best bet? Not many weeds can be pulled by hand, their roots are too deep. For heavier weed infestations, chemicals will need to be used. However, the best defense for weeds is growing nice, thick grass that is healthy. Once the turf becomes weak and sparse, that is the environment that weeds thrive in and you will notice a few weeds turn into an infestation in no time!