Posted by Stephanie Morgan on
January 04, 2021 @ 9:00 am PST
Caring for your lawn may seem like a monumental task. There are so many things to remember such as when and how much to water or fertilize correctly. It seems like timing is everything with lawn care and, in many ways it is. There are certain weed killers that have to be placed at certain times while letting the grass grow longer will encourage a lush carpet for your lawn.
But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In addition to hiring professionals to handle some of your landscaping and lawn care needs, there are a few simple tips that will help you in between lawn crew visits.
Avoid Overfeeding Your Lawn
Fertilizer is not one of those things that you should overdo. There is a general thought that if a little bit of fertilizer is good then more is better. In this situation that just simply isn’t true. Because the nitrogen count is so high in fertilizers found in your lawn and garden store they are more likely to burn the grass. Your lawn will look good for a little while but the root system is not as supported as it is with slow-release fertilizers.
Feeding your lawn twice a year, in the spring and fall, is all that is needed for a healthy-looking lawn with a strong root system. Hiring a professional to fertilize your lawn twice a year or on a consistent and personalized schedule is the best way to guarantee the results you are after.
Allow the Grass to Grow Longer
It may seem counterintuitive but it is important to allow the grass to grow a little bit longer before mowing. The length of growth will depend on the type of grass you have. Look up the recommendations for your specific type of turf.
But remember that it is also important to not let your grass overgrow. Grass that is too short or too long can keep your lawn from looking as good as it should.
Don’t Cut the Grass Too Low
Along with letting the grass grow a little longer, it is imperative to not cut the grass too low. This will kill the beautiful lawn you have been working so hard to maintain. The grass you have will determine the length of the cut however, a good rule of thumb is to keep your lawn between two and three inches in height. Cool grasses should be kept longer than warm type grasses. Ask your local lawn care professional what type of grass you have so you can care for it appropriately.
Water on a Schedule
Daily watering is great but it is more beneficial to water less frequently. That doesn’t mean the grass will get less water. The best way to water effectively is to water more at one time rather than water a little bit every day. This allows the water to reach deep into the ground and get to the roots.
Choose the Best Grass for Your Area
Even if you do everything right, if you have the wrong grass for your region then you will be wasting your time. It may seem difficult to choose just the right turf that will thrive and be lush but that is where the lawn professionals come in. Contact your local professionals for grass recommendations.
If you live in the Visalia, CA area then contact the Experienced Gardener for a free estimate for all of your lawn care needs.