So you want a your lawn to look and be as luscious as they come? We don’t blame you. After all, it’s your pride and joy, and there’s some great satisfaction that comes from having a beautiful manicured lawn. It can be overwhelming trying to learn everything one must do to get the results your neighbor, the lawn fanatic, is getting. That’s why we’re here to help. In order to achieve the best results, you’ll need to stay on top of each category we discuss, but in the end, we hope you’ll find it’s worth it.
One of the biggest differences between the average lawn you see while driving down the street, and the green, luscious lawn everyone wishes was theirs, is whether or not the lawn is being fertilized, and how. The nutrients available in your soil aren’t enough to give your lawn the premium results most people are looking for. This is where fertilizer comes in. Starting in the early spring, and ending in mid to late fall, you’ll want to put on as many as five high quality fertilizer applications. Your first application should include crabgrass control to prevent any annual grassy weeds from invading your lawn. This application should be applied no later than the end of April for best results. Each application thereafter should be spaced about 6 to 7 weeks apart. The last treatment in the fall is considered a winterizer, and will help the grass green up faster during the upcoming spring.
Well all of this fertilizing is great, but without proper watering, your lawn may will fall short of the results you’re looking for. It may surprise you how much water your lawn actually needs. During the spring and fall, your lawn needs 1 inch of water per week, and during the summer, up to 2 inches depending on how hot it gets.
Because every lawn has a different sprinkler system, you’ll have to measure the sprinkler water output in order to properly set the sprinkler system. One way to do this is to take 5 or 6 soup, or tuna cans (make sure they’re all the same size), and place them out randomly throughout your lawn. Next, turn your sprinklers on for a regular timed cycle, and afterwards take the average water level of all of the cans to get the water output on your lawn. Multiply this amount by the number of cycles you go though each week and adjust your cycle times to give your lawn 1 inch of water each week.
While it may seem like a good idea to water your lawn daily, it’s actually best to limit your watering to 2-3 times per week. Doing this lengthens your sprinkler cycles, putting out more water each cycle, allowing for the water to sink deeper into the soil. Deeper watering means deeper grass roots, which in turn will give you a healthier lawn.
It’s also important to water your lawn at the proper time. It may seem like a good idea to water your lawn at night to let the grass stay wet longer, but doing so leaves your lawn more vulnerable to lawn diseases. At the same time, it’s best not to water your lawn during the middle of the day, allowing for the sun to dry up some of the water before it is absorbed by the soil. For best results, water your lawn early in the morning; even as early as 4:00 am.
This part isn’t too difficult, but is still important. You should be mowing often enough so you’re not cutting off more than 1/3 of the grass blade each time. For best results we recommend setting your mower blade height to 2 1/2 to 3 inches. It also helps to have a sharp mowing blade. Having your mower blade sharpened annually will ensure nice clean cuts on each blade of grass. Grass blades cut with a dull blade are torn instead of cut, weakening the grass, leaving room for lawn diseases to move in.
It’s normal for the soil in your lawn to become compacted over time. This happens when you, others, kids, or pets repeatedly walk on the lawn. When your soil becomes compact it becomes more difficult for the grass to grow. You may start seeing the lawn thin out, and in really compacted areas it may completely die. Core aerating removes cores from the lawn, allowing the soil to loosen up, also giving water and air easier access to the soil. We recommend aerating your lawn once a year.
Well there you go. We hope these tips help in your efforts to grow a beautiful healthy lawn.