Keeping your lawn looking beautiful and lush all season long is entirely possible. You too can have grass that you are proud of!
We will let you in on a few secrets and tips from the experts. The following outlines what people frequently miss when striving for a healthy and green lawn.
1. Fertilize in the early spring.
This will help kickstart your lawn’s growth. We recommend also getting a head start on tackling weeds during the early spring – the earlier, the better. This way the weeds won’t have time to grow and spread, leaving room for your grass to flourish.
2. Use a sharp blade to cut your grass.
This one sounds like a no-brainer. But it’s important. Dull blades will tear your grass leaving your lawn looking less than appealing. On the other hand, a sharp blade cuts the grass nice and evenly. Plus, if your blades are sharp, you won’t end up wasting tons of time later trying to revive your grass. Aim to sharpen your mowing blades 2-3 times a year. It’ll save your time and hassle later on.
3. Mow when your grass is dry.
Wet grass is tough to cut. It can also pose a frustrating challenge. If it’s been raining, wait till the lawn has time to dry.
Another pro tip: Only mow the top ⅓ of the grass. And don’t bother raking the clippings, unless it is on the sidewalk or driveway. These clippings will help insulate your lawn (slowing water evaporation), as well as provide nutrients to the grass still growing.
4. Water in the early morning.
Why? During the day in the summer, it gets hot. A lot of the water ends up lost to evaporation. Early in the morning, it is cooler, and this is less likely to happen. You’ll save water, and you’ll be keeping your lawn in tip-top shape.
Don’t want to get up every other morning to turn the sprinkler on or pull out the hose? Consider investing in a lawn sprinkler system. When installed correctly, a sprinkler system saves time, money and water. We recently wrote a blog on how to determine if a lawn sprinkler system is right for you that we invite you to read.
5. Make sure to choose a type of grass the works best for where you live.
There are different types of grass. Do your research. Select one that works best for the climate where you live.
6. Don’t forget to aerate.
For optimal results, do this once in the spring and once in the fall. Aerating is important to allow water and nutrients to seep into the soil. Do it when the soil is dry or hire someone to do it for you.
7. When all else fails, test your soil.
Maybe it is just bad luck. Your soil may be lacking key nutrients. Get a test kit or take it to someone who knows how to test it. You can often buy lawn care products that can help you supplement what is missing.
If you are still unsure and can work it into your budget, hire a pro. Lawn care companies know what they are doing. They will do everything in their power to keep your lawn looking healthy and green all season long.
Trevor Lively, CIC, CLIA, CIT, CCC is the general manager of Blue Jay Irrigation in London, Ontario. Trevor has been working in the irrigation industry for over 19 years. Blue Jay provides sprinkler system installations & maintenance, landscape lighting and more to residential and commercial properties across Ontario.
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