A gorgeous green lawn can make your home look beautiful and your neighbours downright jealous. Getting that perfect lawn, especially if you weren’t blessed with a natural green thumb, can take some serious work on your part. The good news is that creating and maintaining a lovely lawn isn’t rocket science or advanced calculus.
Use this guide to learn more about how you can get your grass ready for picnic season. In just a few simple steps you can have a lawn that you love spending time on with your friends, family and even those jealous neighbours.
Make Watering a Top Priority
Much like proper feeding, you already know that your grass requires water if it’s going to grow in thick, tall and totally lush. In the early stages, your grass may need even more water than you realize.
When watering your grass, your goal should be to get down to the roots and make sure the actual structure that helps those blades of grass grow is getting hydrated. To do that, you’ll need to give your grass about an inch of water each week.
How can you know when you’ve hit your goal? Here are a few water tips to help you get the most out of your grass:
- Water in the morning when it’s cool out. Between 6am and 9am is your best bet. If you can’t water then, go for the evening hours once it has cooled down.
- Aim to water more for shorter periods of time in the fall and winter. Your grass prefers getting water for two minutes five times per week instead of getting soaked all at once when it’s raining regularly.
- Choose infrequent watering sessions in the summer. This will help your grass grow longer roots that are more resistant to drought-related issues.
Re-Seed and Renovate as Needed
Feeding and water your grass correctly can make a huge difference in your goal for a great green lawn. Some older homes with lawns that have been in place for a while are just due for a renovation though. This is particularly true if you’re dealing with a type of grass that isn’t able to handle the summer heat in your area.
Today, grass varieties like medium and tall fescue mixes are much more tolerant of heat, giving your lawn a better chance of surviving through the summer and into the rainy season. In fact, the right type of grass may last you for many years with very little effort on your part.
Look for varieties like Kentucky blue or Southern gold to give your lawn the thick, plush look you’re going for. If you do choose to re-seed, do it in the late fall months or early spring. This part of the year will give you grass the best chance to grow and survive without a lot of hard work on your part.
Don’t Over-Fertilize Your Lawn
Fertilizer is good for your lawn, right? You can’t have too much of a good thing, can you? With fertilizer, you definitely can have too much of a good thing.
When you over-fertilize your lawn, you actually put it at risk because you’re creating new growth that may not be able to stand up to seasonal temperatures. After all, new grass growth isn’t quite as hardy as the stuff that’s been on your lawn for a few seasons or longer. So how do you avoid over-fertilizing your lawn?
Avoid using fertilizer about 30 to 45 days before summer temperatures arrive in your area. Applying fertilizer during the hottest part of the year can burn your lawn, so resist the temptation even if your lawn has a few rough patches.
Remember that you never want to put fertilizer down on a dormant lawn, either. Wait until you get a little rain and a touch of growth before reaching for the fertilizer.
Mow More, Mow Right
Mowing your lawn is one of those chores that some people love and some people just dread. Whatever camp you fall into, doing it right can help your grass look its best all year long. Here are a few mowing tips to help you maintain your lawn correctly:
- Keep your mower blades sharp. You want your mower to cut the grass, not tear it apart like a pair of scissors with dull blades. You can get your mower blades sharpened at many hardware stores or specialty shops in your area.
- Raise your blades when it gets hot. Leaving your grass a little bit longer in the summer makes watering more efficient. For cool weather grasses, aim for three to four inches in length. Warm weather grasses are best mowed at a height of around two to three inches.
- Add clippings back to your grass as mulch. They’ll help your lawn retain water, resulting in less evaporation and more overall absorption.
Get the beautiful green grass you’ve always wanted this spring and summer so you can enjoy more time with your kids, favorite pets and picnic companions. Best of all, getting a jumpstart on grass maintenance means you’ll have to do less when the cold season comes around too.
That’ll result in better looking grass that you can be proud of every day of the year!