We have been getting a few calls lately about how to create and maintain a healthy lush lawn that we only see on the golf course.
A healthy green lawn is easy to achieve with minimal effort. A little bit of work now can potentially save you a lot of work later on because healthy lawns are much less susceptible to weeds, pests and drought.
Here are a few easy tips you can use to step up your grass game, your neighbors will be lining up with envy asking for your guidance.
Aerating and Thatch Control
Aerating is important because it physically breaks up the thatch that can restrict and impede grass growth. It also alleviates compacted soil, which allows water to penetrate deeper, which in turn produces deeper healthier roots. A healthy lawn has 1cm of thatch, anymore then 2.5cm is too much. You should do your aerating in the spring and also in the fall for optimal results.
Fertilizing is a key factor when it comes to your lawns health. It is crucial to fertilize your lawn at least twice a year, once in late April or early May and once in late fall. Make sure to use to a slow release fertilizer and spread it evenly on your lawn.
Cut your grass at a height of 2.5 – 3 inches. Having longer grass means the roots will go deeper into the soil and in turn will give you a healthier lawn. Also make sure to have your blades sharpened regularly, having a sharp blade helps the grass recover quicker.
Top-dress your lawn with a good quality lawn dressing. Grass grows best in a moist and fertile soil that is not waterlogged. The more top quality soil that you use means the root systems can dig deeper in the soil producing a greener and healthier lawn.
Water your lawn deeply but not too often, this will promote the growth of deep roots. Lawns usually need 2.5cm of water a week. You can set out a measuring cup in the yard to track exactly how much water your lawn has received.
Topdressing and Overseeding
The best time to overseed is early fall, but it can be done in spring if there is damage that needs to be addressed. A good way to overseed your lawn is to topdress your lawn with a quarter inch of lawn dressing and then evenly spread your seed. Overseeding will help withstand insects, disease, drought and shady conditions.