This Years Lawn Care Tips
When it comes to curb appeal, nothing is more inviting than a plush, green lawn. Homeowners are so eager to achieve this vision that they spend approximately $28 billion a year on lawn care products, installation, equipment, and maintenance. And that’s not all. Homeowners apply ten times more pesticides per acre than farmers—for a total of 67 million pounds per year.
Fairfield Landscaping offers a few tips to nurturing your lawn, so you can have the thick, lush grass of your dreams, too.
Tip #1: Avoid pesticides.
Homeowners love to treat their lawn to rid it of weeds, insects and fungus, among other problems. The downside? Widespread use of pesticides is causing health problems for homeowners, their pets, and the communities at large. Ask a lawn care professional at Fairfield Landscaping for the optimal time to plant and the best type of grass depending on your climate. By planting the right grass, you can save money on fertilizer and care.
Tip #2: Mow with a sharpened blade.
This sounds too simple to be true. A newly sharpened blade makes a fresh cut that won’t damage the tips of your grass, and will actually stop diseases. How? Clean cuts heal quicker. Also, by keeping your lawn at a taller height, it will protect the blades.
Tip #3: Water irregularly, but deeply.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but this is true. Your lawn is better off when you water it early in the morning and deeply. By the middle of the day, the water will evaporate too quickly, and watering too late in the day leads to fungi. Avoid pesticides especially those that contain herbicides.
Tip #4: Check the pH of your soil
Find out with the use of a soil test what the pH of your lawn is and take it from there. Grass grows best in soil that has a pH between 6 and 7, but if yours isn’t there, you can add limestone or sulfur to reach that level. Always opt for natural products as opposed to the pesticides and nitrate-based fertilizers.
Tip #5: Mulch the clippings
Don’t bag your grass clippings. Instead you should “mulch” them in order to add nitrogen back into the soil and reduce the need for fertilizer. Again, avoid any fertilizer that isn’t natural or organic. Consider adding mulched beds to your yard for alternative groundcover.