Homeowners who value good first impressions would be wise to make lawn care one of their top maintenance priorities. When neighbors and passersby first set eyes on your home, your lawn is among the first things they’re bound to notice. While a vibrant, well-kept lawn gives off an air of dedication, a lawn that has fallen into disrepair creates the impression of negligence and disorganization. Fortunately, keeping your lawn in great shape year-round doesn’t have to be difficult, costly or a drain on your time.
Putting the following pointers to good use can help ensure your lawn’s health for years to come.
Avoid Mowing too Short
It isn’t hard to see why so many homeowners opt to mow their lawns as short as possible. After all, the shorter you cut the grass, the less frequently you’ll need to mow. While this is technically true, this approach to mowing can dramatically impact the overall health of your lawn. The shorter the grass, the shorter the roots – and the shorter the roots, the less moisture the grass is able to retain. This means that shorter grass actually requires a higher degree of maintenance than grass that’s a little longer. As such, it’s recommended that you keep your mower at one of its longest settings. Although this means a little more mowing, it can go a long way in providing your grass with proper nourishment.
Your ideal lawn length largely depends on the type of grass you have. So if you’re unaware of your grass’s recommended length – or other key maintenance tidbits – fire up your preferred search engine or consult a resident expert at your local home and garden store.
Fertilize as Needed
While regularly fertilizing one’s lawn may seem like a no-brainer to yard care aficionados, it’s a step that’s completely overlooked by many homeowners. When it comes to providing your lawn with consistent nourishment, there’s no substitute for fertilization. For best results, you’ll need to fertilize between one to four times per year.
The frequency and timing of fertilization depends on the type of grass you’re working with, but fertilization should generally be carried out in advance of the season(s) in which your grass does the most growing. For instance, cool season grasses (tall fescue, perennial rye, Kentucky blue grass) experience most of their growth during the winter, meaning they should be fertilized in the fall. Conversely, warm season grasses (St. Augustine, centipede, Bermuda grass) should receive fertilization in early summer. Since fertilization requires a bit more effort and elbow grease than most lawn maintenance tasks, enlisting the aid of lawn fertilizing services can be a smart move for homeowners who are strapped for time or not particularly well-versed in yard work.
Stay on Top of Weeds
No one relishes having weeds strewn about their lawn. In addition to having an adverse effect on your lawn’s overall appearance, weeds can rob your grass of essential nutrients if allowed to grow long enough. With this is in mind, it’s imperative for every lawn care enthusiast to adopt a vigilant approach when it comes to weeds. Not only should weeds be dealt with as soon as they’re noticed, they should be pulled up at the roots to prevent them from re-growing. Furthermore, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the types of weeds common in your area, as well as their respective germination schedules. Well-timed weed treatments can go a long way in preserving the health and beauty of your lawn. The more proactive you are in this endeavor, the less likely you are to ever see weeds on your grass.
The state of your lawn can say a lot about your approach to homeownership. For example, if your lawn is regularly mowed, watered and generally well-kept, it’s safe to assume that a similar approach is adopted regarding the maintenance of the rest of your property. On the flipside, if your lawn is mowed sporadically, seldom fed and generally neglected, people are likely to assume that such lax upkeep is applied to other parts of your home. Of course, this isn’t to say that proper lawn maintenance has gobble up your finances or free time. The previously discussed tips can help ensure that your lawn stays in prime condition year-round without putting a strain on your schedule or bank account.