A lawn is a great way to have a luscious patio. It is easy to install and with proper maintenance it can last for years. However, without proper lawn care, you can end up with dead grass, which is just a giant waste of money. Here are some things to remember to keep your lawn lush and green longer.
Importance of mowing
The grass should not be mowed for the first few weeks after laying it. The new lawn needs a chance to settle into the ground. Mowing the lawn before this happens can damage the lawn. Once it’s established, you can mow the lawn. You must use a mower that allows you to adjust the height. Cutting it too close to the ground can cause the grass to dry out and burn. Cutting it too high will end up being more work for you as you will need to cut it more often. An average lawn lawn about 3 inches tall should be cut, so adjust your lawn mower to reflect this.
Regular use of fertilizers is important to keep your lawn looking good. Summer is the best time to fertilize your lawn, as this is when the lawn will take up the most nutrients. Most lawns can be fertilized with a nitrogen fertilizer. Figure at 2 to 4 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. If your lawn is a high-traffic area, you’ll want to fertilize at a heavier dose, between 4 and 5 pounds. per 1,000 square feet.
Establishing a watering schedule will be vital to keeping your lawn healthy and vibrant. It is always better to water in the morning. This way, even in the warmest weather, your lawn won’t burn in the sun. Watering at noon can cause your lawn to turn brown if temperatures are high in your area. You also want to make sure you don’t over water the lawn. This can cause root decay, which spells certain death for your lawn. Different areas of the country will have different requirements for irrigation. The best thing to do is check with your local garden cooperative or a local landscaping company to find out how much water your lawn should receive.
Just as different areas of the country will have different requirements for irrigation, the same applies to pests. For example, chiggers are prominent pests in the southern states, and lawn worms are more common in the Midwest. You will need to check what pests are common in your area and then treat your lawn. There are some types of grass that are naturally more resistant to certain pests. You can also control pest problems by treating your lawn with the right pesticides for the insects you are trying to eliminate or avoid.