2019 Lawn Resolution Checklist
2019 Lawn Resolution Checklist: When your lawn is in good shape, your family has a quality outdoor space to use and enjoy, increasing your quality of life. That same lush lawn improves your property value and the value of your neighborhood. A healthy lawn that is well maintained also offers benefits to the environment.
Here are 4 quick Turf Tips that you can do to keep your lawn as healthy as possible.
1. Cut your Grass the Correct Way
Each type of grass has a recommended mowing height. Find out which type of grass is in your lawn (you may have more than one) and mow at the proper height. Stick to the 1/3 rule — never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at any one time. A healthy lawn can survive an occasional close cut.
2. Aerate your Lawn
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aeratingis to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
3. Use Water Wisely
Your lawn needs at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week, year-round, during the winter, too. Water deeply 2-3 times per week, rather than daily. Water as early in the morning as you can, when possible. If you can’t push a 6” screwdriver into your lawn, you’re not watering enough.
How long should you water to get one inch? We can’t tell you that, because we don’t know what kind of sprinkler you have or what your water pressure is like. With automatic sprinklers, it’s usually one hour. But you can measure that yourself. Just get a tuna can, which is 1” tall, (eat the tuna out of it, first) and place it where your sprinkler is hitting. Run your sprinkler and see how long it takes to get a half inch of water in the can – just like a rain gauge. Usually it’s about 30 minutes. So 20 minutes, 3 times per week will get an inch of water on your lawn, and 30 minutes 3 times per week will get 1 ½” down. Bear in mind that during extreme heat, you will need to water more, due to evaporation and heat stress on the grass.
4. Feed your Lawn
To grow green and healthy, your lawn depends on high-quality fertilizer and regular feedings. When applied at the right times, a high-quality lawn fertilizer gives turf essential nutrients that help it grow thick and resist environmental stresses, weeds and pests.