Greener Lawn Tips
Having a beautiful lawn is right at your fingertips. By following the advice listed below, you too can have a beautiful summer lawn.
- Stop Fertilizing – While fertilizer is important, people who over fertilize often see their yards experience more disease and insect vulnerability. Once in the fall months is best for fertilizing.
- Mowing – Taller grass is healthier, helping reduce weeds and keeping the soil cooler, which encourages healthy microbes. This also encourages bare grass to remain thick and spread on bare spots, helping promote deep root penetration. Setting the mower’s blade between three-and-a-half to four inches is optimal for drought resistance.
- Just Say No – Healthy grass is less likely to succumb to insect damage and disease. Avoiding insecticides, pesticides and fungicides is recommended, as this can harm the healthy microbes and earthworms that work together to aerate the soil.
- Don’t Overwater – Contrary to popular belief, grass does not require watering during dry spells. While the grass may turn brown, it is alive and can go dormant for several months. If someone wants a green lawn year-round, it is best to water infrequently but deeply.
- When to Fertilize – Never use high-nitrogen fertilizers, as these make lawns weak and more vulnerable to disease and drought. Fertilize in the fall – November for mid-latitudes and October for more northern latitudes.
- Why Fertilize in the Fall – Fertilizing in the fall helps the soil stay warmer, promoting deep root growth. By building these roots in the fall and winter, it means a much healthier lawn in the spring and summer.
- Fertilizer Shopping – Fertilizer offers a triangular balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The highest level of nitrogen should never exceed 10-percent.
- Best Fertilizers – Low maintenance lawns usually have organic-type fertilizers. Chemical, non-organic salts are cheaper but are far more difficult on the soil and microbes.
- Lime – This is a common addition in eastern and midwestern areas in the U.S. The addition of lime once a year helps counteract the affects of environmental acid rain.
- Additional Tips:
- Sharpening mower blades often is recommended as dull blades can damage the grass.
- Instead of raking, consider running the lawn mower of leaves to help turn into soil compost.
- Push-type spreaders are best to apply lime and fertilizer. Always follow the directions.
- Mow when the grass is dry.
- Mulching mowers are excellent.
- Consider purchasing pellet lime, as it is significantly easier to apply.
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