Tuesday, Jun. 28th, 2016
5 Steps For Greener Grass
We all want the perfect green lawn so we can host BBQs, play frisbee, have picnics, you know, every day summer activities. Unfortunately, no matter how long you’ve lived in your house, you’ve probably had a year or two where the grass just wasn’t it’s greenest, making it hard to host activities in your yard.
Proper lawn care takes more than just a regular mowing. Quality lawn care requires effort with dedicated fertilization, regular maintenance, and being able to stop a problem before it starts. With proper care and these 5 steps, your lawn will overcome the barefoot traffic and blazing sun and look better than ever.
Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize
This may seem obvious to long-time homeowners, but for new homeowners, you might not know how important this step is. Organic and synthetic lawn fertilizer helps with lush growth, strengthening roots and preventing invasive weeds and pests. By adding a slow-release, organic fertilizer to the outer edges of your lawn followed by the middle area, overlapping each pass by a few inches, you will see your lawn grow.
Almost all fertilizers consist of three key nutrients: potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. The combination of these ingredients will make your lawn grow faster, meaning twice the amount of mowing. Be careful though, too much nitrogen can lead to yard burn and discoloration.
Try Using Organic Matter
Getting an early start on your grass by adding compost will benefit your lawn greatly. Whether you make it yourself or get it from your town, compost does amazing things for your lawn. Start by applying ½-inch layer over your lawn then rake it into the surface. Make sure your compost isn’t steaming otherwise it might not be fully decomposed yet.
Don’t Let Crabgrass Get Ahead of You
Warmer spring temperatures bring your landscape to life. Unfortunately with the gorgeous green often comes the tenacious crabgrass. If crabgrass has emerged in your lawn, proper lawn maintenance may not be enough. That means a pre-emergent herbicide is the next line of defense.
Pre-emergent herbicides work by killing the crabgrass seedlings as they germinate. Remember that time is essential when using pre-emergent herbicides. The times you should apply the herbicides depends a lot on the weather patterns so try to apply it when the ground temperature rises about 60 degrees.
Pull Up Your Weeds
Weeds are one of lawns biggest nemesis. They pop up in random areas and make our yard look sloppy and unkempt. These little mongrels usually show up right after a spring rain, which is your cue to start pulling them. If you get to them while they’re small with moist soil, they should come out by hand!
Give Your Grass Time to Grow
Your grass might be as green and as short as a putting green, but don’t keep it that way. Let it grow to a length of about 3 to 3 ½-inches and maintain that height all season. Doing this lets the grass blades shade out weed seeds, and in the summer it shades the soil, which reduces evaporation.
Once fall comes back, weeds won’t be as abundant and evaporation isn’t as much of a concern so feel free to go back to cutting it short. Much like any rule, there are exceptions. If you have Bermuda or seashore paspalum grass, it can be kept at ¾ to 1-inch.
Now that you know the steps to proper lawn care, why do it yourself? We say leave it to the professionals who are guaranteed to make your lawn emerald green. A TaskEasy contractor will do a thorough job and spot any potential issues that may go unnoticed. Give yourself some extra time this season and reach out to TaskEasy today by clicking here or calling us at 1-800-518-4461.