A lush, healthy lawn is the envy of every homeowner. It takes dedication to get your lawn to a pristine level, then more effort to keep it that way. Three important things are necessary to reach that level of lawn perfection. This is advice you should follow, unless you entrust these tasks to a professional lawn maintenance service.
Here are three tips on how to keep your lawn beautiful and the envy of your neighborhood.
Sharp blades are essential for keeping your lawn healthy. A dull lawn mower blade won’t provide a clean cut, tearing the grass. This tearing, even if minimal, is the reason lawns develop a slight brown tint after mowing, rather than a lush green hue. You need to maintain the sharpness of your mower blades throughout the grass-cutting season.
You also need to be certain that your mower is clean of dripping oil and gas. When you allow small drops of gasoline or oil to seep from your mower, there is a strong possibility that you’ll leave periodic dead spots in your lawn. Frequently, these bare spots will fester with unsightly weeds or become harborage for bugs and disease.
Proper Cutting Technique
Another important aspect of a healthy lawn is the mowing strategy. Yes, to keep your turf lush and full, there are specific techniques you should use. One of these is to alternate the direction of the cut each time your yard is mowed. To get the most out of this helpful mowing technique, you should use the four-direction concept.
Start cutting parallel, mowing in straight lines spanning the longest distance in your yard. The next time you mow, cut exactly 90 degrees across the previous mowing. Then, mow in a diagonal direction from one corner to another. The fourth time you mow, cut in the opposite diagonal direction, 90 degrees across the previous.
This strategy will provide a uniform cut, help your yard avoid tire ruts, and help build a healthy root system in your turf. Another part of proper cutting technique is to either mulch, or bag the cut grass. The objective here is to avoid clumps of dead grass that create prime spots for bugs and disease.
Fertilization, Pest and Weed Control
No matter how much attention you give to keeping your mower in top shape and using proper cutting techniques, there is another important part of keeping your lawn healthy. All the best intentions cannot save a yard that becomes overrun with weeds or bugs or that develops a serious turf disease.
The root structure depends on a balanced diet of nutrients to keep the grass green and lush. Weeds crowd out healthy growth and can also become habitats for insects. Lawns that have an insect problem grow increasingly more susceptible to disease. When these problems amplify, one day you may look out your window and wonder what happened to your beautiful green yard.
Proper fertilization is the first key to healthy turf. Healthy turf helps prevent weeds and insects. In addition, it is far less prone to diseases. However, the wrong dosage or nutrient mixture of fertilizer can do more harm than good. Improper fertilization can actually kill all the grass in your yard.
Now, some of these suggestions for attaining a healthy, lush turf may seem rather daunting to handle yourself. That’s when entrusting your lawn to a qualified professional is a wise alternative. When you entrust your lawn care to Estate Landscape, you can rest assured that they will use well-maintained equipment, proper cutting techniques, and the proper type and amount of fertilizer and weed and pest control.