How to Maintain Your Beautiful Lawn

Feeding Your Lawn

Since your new lawn is delivered healthy and green, it does not have to be fed right away. A fertilizing program can be implemented 30 to 40 days after installation. We recommend three to four applications per year, spaced out evenly throughout the growing season. A slow release turf type fertilizer made by a reputable manufacturer will provide you with a well-balanced feeding for your lawn and the fertilizer will release slowly. This, as well as watering-in the fertilizer, will reduce the risk of burning your lawn.


Watering

In the summertime, lawns generally require about 1 inch of water every week. Water evenly and slowly, so that it penetrates without run-off. Too much water can be as harmful as not enough. Soil that is continually soaked does not allow air to reach the root zone where it is required. Frequent, light watering will result in a shallow rooted lawn that will not withstand stress during hot summer months. Heavier, less frequent (one hour, two to three times per week) watering promotes deeper rooted lawns, able to withstand stress caused by heat, insects, etc.


Controlling Weeds

The best weed control is a good, healthy turf. When your lawn is thick and vigorous, weeds simply have no place to get started.


Controlling Disease

Healthy turf will withstand infestation and recover faster than neglected turf. Here are some guides for healthy turf:

  1. Use enough fertilizer to keep grass growing vigorously – but avoid the extreme of over stimulation.
  2. Mow before the grass gets too tall, remembering not to take off more than 1 inch with each cut.
  3. Keep your mower sharp.
  4. Don’t allow clippings to accumulate to the extent that they form a mat.
  5. Remove thatch as required.
  6. Avoid frequent waterings – this can result in an overly-moist thatch layer that can be very susceptible to disease.
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