Do you dream of a lush, green lawn?
Do you want your home to have beautiful curb appeal, but don’t know how to get there? It’s easier said than done- especially when starting from scratch as a new homeowner! We have put together a few key tips to help, but remember, it does take time!
- Water Deeply and Less Often. Watering your lawn frequently for short periods of time teaches your grass to have a shallow root system. This is NOT what you want. This makes it easier for weeds to emerge and also makes the grass more susceptible to disease. To prevent this, you should water less for longer periods of time. This will help your lawn stay green 🙂
- Water in the Morning. The best time to water your lawn is the early morning because the sun will help dry the grass. Nighttime watering can result in prolonged moisture on the blades, which can cause some diseases.
- Aerate in the Spring & Fall. Aerating is extremely beneficial for your lawn. It gives your lawn’s roots room to grow, and allows water and nutrients to penetrate your soil.
- Feed Your Lawn. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for your lawn. Look for a mix of fast and slow release fertilizers that will green up your lawn quickly, and feed it over time. Feed in the Spring and Fall.
- Make Sure Mower Blades are Sharp. A dull blade tears the grass, resulting in a ragged edge that makes the lawn look grayish brown. Sharpen or replace the mower blade when it shows signs of wear – or at least once a mowing season.
- Mow when Grass is Dry. When grass is wet it is difficult to cut and can easily clog the deck of your mower. Wet clumps can be compacted on the surface of the lawn, causing water and oxygen to be cut off to these areas.
- Mow at a High Height. Mowing your lawn too short may seem like a time saver, but this can damage your grass as well as allow weeds to set root. A healthy height is around 3″. Keeping your lawn a bit taller results in healthier grass. Never cut off more than a third of the grass blade.
- Prevent Weeds before they come up. Stop weeds from gaining a roothold in your lawn before they even germinate by using a pre-emergent herbicide. Use a pre-emergent early in the Spring.
- Reseed Sparse Areas. If your lawn is a little thin in some areas, you can seed over the area to help grass growth. Fall is the ideal time to reseed.
- Alternate Mowing Patterns. Mowing your grass in the same pattern all of the time will cause the grass to only lay in one direction caused by compacted ruts from your mower. To prevent this, mow in different directions and change your pattern. This will lead to a better looking, more even lawn.