Hiring a professional lawn service professional can be very expensive. Proper maintenance and knowledge in lawn care can give you big savings. A deep green carpet of healthy grass can be achieved on a budget if you take the time to understand the watering and fertilizing needs of the particular grass that you have in your lawn. Below are some tips that you can apply.
- Know the type of grass mix that will thrive best in your climate zone. There are several species of grasses that are suited for cool climates and warm climates.
- Prepare your soil first. Remove lawn thatch that can prevent your grass from growing normally, attached to the soil and receiving much needed water to keep it green and healthy.
- Consider installing an irrigation system if you have a large lawn and to regulate the watering schedule for your lawn. Set it to irrigate the soil every other day in the spring and summer months. The best time to water your lawn will be after the sun has set and the soil had time to cool down. The water will be able to stay longer on the soil and evaporate in the morning.
- Mow your lawn at the proper height. Mow the grass when they are 3 to 3 ½ inches tall. Cut only about an inch off the top of the grass blades when the season is warmer. If you can afford it, getting a mulching mower which will cut the trimmed blades into fine pieces that you can leave on top of your lawn to be converted into mulch. Mow your lawn after 7pm and never mow when the grass is wet. Keep the blades of the mower sharpened every 2 mowing sessions to cut the blades of grass cleanly. Lower the mower blades when the weather turns to cool. Set it at an even lower setting in the fall so that the grass can be cut shorter during the fall to prevent the formation of snow mold if the blades of grass are longer and clumped together.
- Use the right kind of fertilizer recommended for the type of grass you have planted on your lawn. Have the store clerk teach you the proper application, when to apply and how much fertilizer you should apply. Read the manufacturer’s information for more clarification. Fertilizers should be applied 3 to 4 times a year.
- Apply weed and pest deterrent solution to keep the grass greener and healthier.
- Apply preventive measures when some areas of your lawn developed some brown patches. This usually indicates the presence of insects, mold and fungus. Treat these areas locally with recommended herbicides and pesticides.
- Some lawns may be compacted underneath from constant use. Consider core aeration before fall sets in and before the final fertilizer application for the year. The grass will be cut short to get it ready for the winter months. This will loosen underground soil and allow more oxygen, water and nutrients down to reach down to the grass roots.
Preparing your topsoil, choosing the right mix of grass varieties, the right fertilizer, scheduled watering and right mowing heights for the different seasons will ensure that you have a wonderfully green lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors without hiring professional lawn care.