Lawn care is an easy enough thing to accomplish on your own with the right know how, a little time and the proper equipment. The term “Lawn Care” can encompass a number of things such as proper lawn mowing, lawn fertilization, soil maintenance and pest control. Below we will cover these topics in brief summaries but encourage you to take these tips and build upon them through further searching local resources, which might apply more directly.
Seems easy enough right? Well, yeah I suppose but there are a few things you can do help the overall appearance and health of your lawn. We found some great tips on a local lawn care site here in Boise, ID www.boiselawnexperts.com just through a quick google search on lawn mowing blogs. Likely you will see one in your town as well.
First make sure you are always using a sharp mower blade. This ensures you are cutting the grass and not tearing it. Also helping your mower pick the clippings up or mulch them depending. A nice sharp blade will cut the grass blade multiple times before disposing of it. With a dull blade the grass tends to get cut only a fraction of what it would otherwise, causing clogging and clumps in the grass.
The length of your cut should vary depending on the time of year. A little shorter in the summer and longer in the winter. We almost always see DIY’ers cut their grass too short effecting its health or even leaving bald spots, from scrapping. During the summer you should cut it about 2 ½ to 3 ¼ inches. Sounds a little long but ultimately makes for a nice lush lawn. Then inn winter leave it a little longer about an inch, Likely your lawn will stop growing around November, when it does you want it to be about this length 3 ½ to 4 inches. This will help protect the roots from deep freeze allowing it to return much healthier in the spring.
The Fall and Spring are ideal times to fertilize your lawn. During the summer you should fertilize if needed as a boost to your lawns health. During the Fall fertilization will help feed your lawn throughout the Winter. While a good fertilization in the Spring gives it that wakeup call and nutrients needed to begin its growth season.
The type of fertilizer you use is somewhat dependent on the region you live and the soil your lawn is planted in. A number of places will test your soil and recommend the proper fertilizer to optimize the nutrients in the soil. This is one of those local research items you should conduct. I do recommend having your soil tested and optimized. At the least stop by your local home improvement stores and talk with a pro form the area. They can likely recommend the typical product needed.
This was talked about a little above, however outside of fertilization there are other thing to consider in your soils health. Within our lawns we have the grass, thatch, roots, and soils. When we talk about soil maintenance we really want to encompass all the above. The thatch is a layer of dead roots just below the grass and above the soil. Thatch is good and helps your grass survive. However, too much or too thick of thatch can hinder your grasses health and growth. The roots need room to grow and expand while the soil has to be compact enough to hold water and vegetation and not so compact the roots cannot grow.
The best thing besides fertilization you can do to promote healthy soil is to aerate your yard. We discussed this a bit last post and we do recommend at least once a year to aerate. This helps break up the thatch and compact soil allowing your grass roots to expand and the soil to decompress. With the soil less dense it can hold ore water and nutrients to benefit the grass and feed the roots.
I hope some of these tips where helpful and give you a good idea on how to promote a healthy lawn. As we mentioned to start, a number of factors play into a healthy lawn some of which are regional. We recommend doing a bit of research on local lawn care sites to see what they recommend in your area but these are the basics.