A healthy and luscious lawn is often a point of pride for homeowners. Make your neighbors green with envy (literally!). And make your lawn the talk of the neighborhood (in a good way).
Here are our top 5 tips to achieving (and maintaining) a beautiful green lawn this summer:
1. Learn About Fertilizer
Fertilizer is something that many people expect to show results almost right away. However, it often - especially for slow fertilizers - takes time and many treatments to notice an obvious difference. And making sure you use the correct fertilizer for your grass is also important. Do your research or ask the experts - what makes a fertilizer high quality?
Many experts agree that a slow-release fertilizer with nitrogen is best for sustainability. It releases nitrogen slowly. But has lasting and longer effects. Fertilize in the spring, and then use it about every 6-8 weeks throughout the season.
2. Mow Your Lawn the Right Way
Mowing too low can kill your grass roots - meaning your lawn may look less than desirable down the road. How can you prevent this? Don’t mow too low. You should technically only be removing the top third of the grass blades. Aim to cut when the grass is above 3 ½ inches. It will get you the best results - and the best looking lawn around!
3. Don’t Forget About Aerating
Aerating your lawn in the fall and early spring can help your lawn breathe. It allows air, nutrients, and water to get right to the root and in the soil. Consider also adding new seeds to these aerating holes.
4. Don’t Overwater or Underwater
Generally, experts say to water your lawn an inch to an inch a half down every week. In cooler temperatures, you can probably ease off. And in warmer temperatures, you can water a little more. Be careful though - a lot of people make the mistake of overwatering. Sometimes the best way to regular this is through a built-in irrigation system (you can learn more about irrigation here). Many of them run on automatic timers and have sensors so they know the amount your lawn needs and when.
5. Select the Right Grass Type
Your climate and where you live will determine the type of grass you put down. Not all types will flourish in specific climates. In fact, they might do the opposite. Again, doing your research here is a good idea! Be aware of what works and what doesn’t in your region.
Get working! A green and beautiful lawn doesn’t have to be complicated. You too can have the lawn you’ve always dreamed of. Use our above 5 tips to guide you!
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