Here are some helpful lawn care tips that will have your yard the envy of the neighborhood in no time:
- High temperatures and long periods without rain can wreak havoc on any lawn. A proper watering is essential. Lawns need an average of 1″ to 1 1/2″ of water each week.
- When using a sprinkler, it is crucial to allow the water to soak into the ground 6 inches in order for the roots to absorb the water.
- Less frequent, deeper watering is more beneficial than frequent, shallow watering.
- It is more beneficial to water during the cooler times of the day rather than the hotter to avoid the water from evaporating so quickly.
- If your lawn still doesn’t look healthy after watering properly, it could have a disease. Disease starts in small areas of the lawn and then spreads to other areas. Treat the diseased areas as soon as possible to avoid spreading.
- Learn how to “grasscycle” properly. This process involves mowing frequently enough so that no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is being cut off. When this is done, the grass clippings fall in between the other blades of grass, settling on top of the soil. This allows the nutrients to feed the lawn as the cuttings decompose. “Grasscycling” can provide your lawn with up to 15 percent of the nutrients it needs for healthy growth.
- Be sure the blade on your mower is sharp.
- If you are not going to “grasscycle” be sure to remove all clippings from the lawn. Not only are they unattractive, they can smother the lawn underneath, resulting in an unhealthy lawn.
Lawn care is just the tip of the iceberg when maintaining the outside of your home. Hardscapes, pest control, flower beds, and tree care are all crucial parts of keeping an appealing yard. The following tips cover all of those areas:
- Dead-heading is crucial for optimal flower health. Deadheading is the removal of spent or faded flowers. This requires the plant to use less energy for seed production and as a result, more flowers bloom. Flowers that respond well to dead-heading include: Columbine, Purple Coneflower, and Daylilies.
- Hardscapes complement existing landscaping and allow you to have a functional space outdoors. Common material used for hardscapes are: stone, brick, wood, water, and lighting.
- Walls, walkways, patios, fountains, ponds, terraces, decks, and fire pits are all great ways to create a hardscape in your yard.
- Pests such as mosquitoes are nearly impossible to avoid. However, there are a few steps that you can take to prevent further infestation. Water is literally a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so it is best to keep all still water in your yard to a minimum. Old tires, empty cans, and barrels should be drained and turned upside down. Kiddie pools should be emptied about once a week, pets dishes should be emptied and refilled daily, and bird bath water should be changed once or twice a week.
Did you know that working in a garden can be good for your mental and physical health? You can burn up to 200 calories an hour by weeding or tilling soil. If you are doing more strenuous yard work that involves heavy lifting, you can burn up to 600 calories an hour. Growing your own fruits and vegetables promotes healthier eating habits and studies have proven that spending time in a natural setting reduces stress and blood pressure. It’s a win-win situation.
There is no time like the present to start your proper lawn care routine. With these helpful pointers you will be on your way to a healthy lawn, a beautiful property, and if your home is on the market, hopefully a quick and easy sell!
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