Our lawns are the crowning glory to the exterior of our homes. They provide areas for freedom and relaxation and outdoor spaces for the family to gather, but at the same time, they often require continuous maintenance.
The grass needs regular cutting as well as watering and fertilizing to keep it looking its best. Depending on the season and climate, your lawn care program can vary. When the grass begins to green in the spring, it’s important to aerate the ground so that water and air can penetrate to the roots of the grass.
Before the arrival of winter, it’s important to remember to remove the leaves from the lawn before they begin to break down and decompose, causing potential risk of mold, mildew, or other forms of diseases that can attach the grass.
Some people seem to find mowing the lawn an enjoyable weekend hobby, but it really should be a priority if you want to keep your lawn looking good. It’s not just for the aesthetics in keeping the grass well groomed, but excessive growth can actually impair the vigor and strength of the grass.
In cooler months when growth is slow, you can probably get by with mowing once every 10 to 15 days, but with the arrival of warm weather, you have to shorten the times between cutting to at least once a week. It’s also better to cut the grass when it is dry, which usually means from mid-morning on after any dew has dried.
The lack of water can inhibit the development of the grass and even cause damage, especially during very dry seasons. In general, grasses that are grown in clay type soils should be watered thoroughly once every 4 to 5 days in mild weather, but in the hotter summer months, lawns may need watering on a daily basis.
The best time to water the lawn is very early in the morning, giving the water time to penetrate the ground before the heat of the sun can cause it to evaporate. The water should be applied just as it would fall in nature meaning with an even distribution. We recommend using one of our Aquatuff Expandable Hoses for your watering needs.
Watering the grass alone is not enough. It’s important to feed the lawn as well. The grass needs to be replenished with important nutrients that are consumed by growth, lost below the root level or eroded away by weather. The lawn should be fertilized regularly throughout the year though less during the cooler months when growth is slower.
Although there is no one-size-fits-all fertilizer for lawns, it’s important to use a fertilizer made especially for grass with slow release nitrogen and one rich in phosphorus and potassium. It’s also important to apply any fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s instructions and using an even distribution to avoid burn spots.
Caring for your lawn may take a little extra time and work, but the results can be rewarding when you know the secrets to a perfect lawn.