Lawn care tips

Lawn Care Tip #1: Mowing Properly

There’s more to mowing than just cutting grass. One of the most fundamental steps to a perfect lawn, is getting the mowing height right for your type of lawn and for the season. Many property owners forget the importance of proper mowing height in the lawn care regimen.

Most grasses do best with a length of 3 inches. This applies for spring and early fall. In the summer, set your mower deck even higher. Height is important because the grass uses the extra length to absorb sunshine, it needs to grow and develop into a healthy plant. Never remove more than 1/3 of your grass blade when you’re mowing your lawn. This means you’ll have to mow more frequently during prime growing times, which is usually during spring and early fall. Leave the clippings on the lawn after you mow. Not only does this save time and energy, but the clippings decompose and add vital nutrients back into the soil. Mow your lawn in a different direction with each mowing, especially with lawns of shorter grass types. Altering the direction ensures a more even cut since grass blades will grow more erect and less likely to develop into a set pattern.

Lawn Care Tip #2: Sharpen your Mower Blades

The type of mower doesn’t matter, but the blade condition does. A dull blade tears at the grass. Take a close look at a grass blade a few days after mowing, if the blade is dull you’ll notice a jagged brown line across the tip of the cut grass. The jagged edges caused by a dull mower blade, make it more difficult for the grass to fight off pests and disease. This is a good indication that your blades need sharpening.

Professional mowers sharpen their blades about every 8 hours of use. For most homeowners, once a month is recommended. The appearance of your lawn is enhanced by sharp mower blades. Grass will be able to recover quicker from mowing, when it is cut by sharp blades.

Lawn Care Tip #3: Watering your Lawn

Most lawns require 1 1/2″-2″ of water per week. This is enough water to moisten the soil to 4-6″ below the surface for clay soils and 8-10″ for sandy soils. Don’t guess at how much water your lawn is getting. For measuring Mother Natures contribution, invest in a rain gauge. If at the end of the week she’s contributed enough, hold off adding more. If she comes up short, you’ll want to add some supplemental watering.

Again, measure how much water your sprinkler is putting down. A lawn which is under water stress, is more prone to disease, insect problems, and weeds. It is better to water early in the morning, when your lawn is normally wet from dew. Avoid watering midday due to evaporation, and at night due to potential increased chances of diseases.

Lawn Care Tip #4: Apply Fertilizer

Applying fertilizer at the right time and the right amount, is very crucial in order to get the best results, for a healthy green lawn. Even though nutrients are already present in the soil, fertilizer has other important nutrients, such as nitrogen and potassium, that a lawn also requires in order to stay healthy and stimulate plant growth and development.

Having a fertilized lawn prevents unwanted weeds, pesky insects, and undesirable diseases from attacking your lawn. Lawn fertilizer also improves the root system as well as the color and thickness of grass blades. Aside from keeping turf grass healthy, it’s also beneficial to the environment because healthy grass plants produce oxygen.

Lawn Care Tip #5: Treat your Weeds, Insects, and Diseases

Don’t neglect your lawn by ignoring visible brown circles or dry areas around your lawn. Evidently, this means that your lawn may have a problem. As problems travel under the soil, big circles called brownouts caused by fungal disease or insects leave a line of traceable dead grass. Our experts at Bio Lawn can help identify the problem and recommend the best lawn care program suited for you lawn.

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