Proper lawn care can add value to your home, especially if you maintain the grass throughout the year. Since moving in last fall season, we have been diligently working to resuscitate our grass to give it a better curb appeal. The last homeowners were not so kind to the yard and the lawn was begging for a haircut and something to drink! The following tips can assist you in keeping your turf green and lush all summer long.
Keep your Mower Blade High and Sharp – Dull mower blades will shred your grass which reduces the amount of moisture they retain. The shredded grass tips then have a tendency to turn brown which makes the lawn look dull. Taller grass grows deeper roots which means more moisture can be reached. With more moisture, the grass will stay greener longer. We always mow our lawn either first thing in the morning or in the late evening as the high heat during the middle of a summer day will dry out the grass quickly.
When Should I Water my Lawn? – First thing in the morning between the hours of 6:00-10:00am is the most efficient time to water your lawn because there is less lost evaporation while your lawn has time to dry off before the heat. Experts recommend half an inch of water, twice a week to keep your lawn hydrated.
Seed in the Fall – With cooler temperatures in the fall season, its the perfect time of the year to over seed your lawn because most grass seeds have been bred to handle extensive heat and drought conditions. The extra moisture from the snow will assist in ensuring the grass seeds are ready to grow in the spring months.
What About Those Stubborn Weeds? – Dandelions are a perennial weed which means they have super deep roots and survive the winter and than resurrect in the spring time. The best way to keep the out of your yard is to attack them as soon as you see them start appearing. The most effective way to battle weeds is to dig the whole root out. However, if you’re stuck on time, you could try an organic herbicide spray but its important to limit these products as they can be harmful to the body and our waterways.