Turf: Tips.

Keeping your lawn looking it's best can be a fun and rewarding activity! Below you will find some tips that will help your lawn throughout the growing season.

Watering:

Lawns need about 1" of water per week to stay vibrant green. However, lawns can go dormant and survive weeks without water. This is the lawns natural survival tactic. If your lawn goes dormant don't fear, once rain hits the area your grass will quickly respond.

Mowing:

The rule of thumb is the hotter the temperature, the higher the grass. This is to protect your lawn for the summer heat, though during the cooler months the grass can be cut shorter. One the first and last cut of the season, it is recommended to mow on the lowest setting. This will help prevent snow mold through winter and prompt thick growth in spring. Also, mow your lawn in opposite directions to keep from creating trenches from your mowers wheels.

Dog Urine:

Having a pet is a wonderful experience, though cleaning up after them is not so fun. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen, this can damage the lawn by burning out the areas your pet frequents. There are products on the market that will lower the nitrogen in your pets urine. Another thing homeowners can do is water in the urine after the dog visited the spot or apply a product like gypsum to the lawn which will force leaching to occur and move the excess nitrogen past the root zone.

Leaves:

With fall comes leaves - and lots of them! Leaves can be dealt with in a couple different ways.

  1. Rake them up and put them in a pile for the leaf truck to come and suck them up.
  2. Mow right over them. This will help get nutrients back into the soil although it will leave the lawn looking littered with leaf pieces.

Removing Thatch:

Aeration and thatch removal will greatly improve the condition of your lawn (if problems are due to heavy thatch build up). Aeration will also help to reduce soil compaction. It is recommended to have your lawn aerated once every other year.


 

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