Looking for some tips on keeping the greenest lawn on the block? Cipriano Landscape Design offers all the information you need!
Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side…literally! Are we not describing your lawn? After reading this blog and taking advantage of these helpful tips, we will be! Most of them are do-it-yourself projects as well!
Mowing your lawn shouldn’t be looked at as a chore, but rather a master craft you’ve taken the time to learn. When mowing, make sure your blades are nice and sharp. If not, your grass could end up mangled instead of properly cut making it vulnerable to disease. With that said, you never want to cut the grass too short either. It will require more water and herbicides when shorter, making it a nightmare to manage properly.
Watering can be a tricky job as well. We see a lot of lawns that are over watered, which will lead to crabgrass and thatch (an unsightly thick mat of tangled roots between the grass blades and soil). Instead, you should water deeply, keeping a close eye for when your lawn needs more water. Three easy signs that your grass is in need of some nourishment are: 1) Your footprints stay compressed, 2) Your soil is resistant to prodding by a screwdriver 3) Your grass is getting a blue tinge.
The trick to fertilizing your lawn is not to overdo it. It’s not only bad for your lawn but terrible for the environment as well. Runoff can make its way into drinking water supplies, lakes, and wildlife preserves. If you’re looking for an all-natural solution, make sure to read the ingredients. The FDA does not regulate the term ‘organic’ when it comes to fertilizer as it does with food. You want to look for terms like manure or blood/bone. If the ingredient list has terms that look like they’re from a chemistry book, then it’s most probably not organic. When spreading the fertilizer be sure to follow the product recommendations or data sheets.
Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about weed control. The best way to keep weeds and other hazardous plants out of your lawn is to grow some vigorous and thick turf! If you only have a few weeds, we recommend pulling them by hand. If it gets more serious, use a treatment but we advise paying close attention to the product data sheets. Some products require 24 hours before watering and other products are sensitive to high temperatures. Ignoring these precautions may lead to you needing to reapply the treatment or possibly end up in serious damage your lawn.
A well-groomed yard is more than just something pretty to look at; it’s a show of character. You don’t want to have the worst kept yard in the neighborhood, right? If you are too busy or don’t have the tools or know how to keep your lawn in tip-top condition, contact your local landscape professionals to help you out!