Did you know that grass is one of the most high-maintenance plants in any landscape?
In addition to routine mowing, edging and trimming, a healthy lawn also depends on proper watering and fertilizing in order to reach its full potential. For many homeowners, this responsibility can get a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, following a few basic lawn care principles can do wonders in terms of making your yard the envy of the neighborhood.
Here are 9 Simple Tips to Achieve a Perfect Lawn:
- Try not to remove more than 1/3 of the blade with each mowing. In terms of height, 3 inches is generally recommended. However, you may want to check with your local lawn and garden center to determine the ideal height for your particular area.
- Adjust your mowing frequency based on the current weather conditions. During the cool, rainy spring months, you may need to mow more than once a week. In hotter, dryer months, less frequent trims may be necessary.
- Sharpen mower blades at least once a year. Dull blades tear, rather than cut, the grass blade. this can lead to brown edges as the torn surface dies back. This can greatly diminish the overall appearance of your lawn.
- A good rule of thumb here is frequent and deep. This fosters a stronger root structure by encouraging roots to grown downward. (More frequent or shallow watering will cause roots to grow sideways rather than down). A stronger root structure is, of course, more drought tolerant and hardy. 1 inch a week is usually adequate. A good rain gauge can help you achieve accurate measurements.
- Water in the morning. This will decrease evaporation and allow the grass to dry before evening. Excess moisture left on overnight can contribute to fungal growth.
- Use the least amount of fertilizer necessary. Over doing it can cause more harm than good. Carefully read all instructions and get the advice of a professional, if necessary.
- Treat your glass clippings like gold! Simply let them compost where they fall. They improve soil structure and increase nitrogen levels.
- Fast-release nitrogen fertilizers (i.e. ammonium nitrate and calcium nitrate) are generally less expensive, but are more likely to burn foliage and wash away.
- Slow-release nitrogen fertilizers (i.e. composted manure, bone meal and sulfer-coated urea) generally cost more, but last longer and encourage a stronger root system. For this reason, many experts prefer this approach.
So, there you have it. 9 simple tips to help you achieve a beautiful lawn this season!