Lawn Care Tips for a Precision Lawn
Some simple maintenance techniques can help your lawn and landscape be the envy of your neighbors
Fertilization with Pre-Emergent – Spring fertilization can be done by using compost and mulching mowers. But many prefer chemical fertilizers since they provide for a greener, thicker grass. Many experts, including Precision Lawn and Landscape, recommend a combination of mulching and chemical fertilizers throughout the year. This approach provides the best results for a healthy lawn while reducing the amount and cost for chemical fertilizers.
Aerate – Another issue that plagues lawns, particularly in high-traffic areas, is soil compaction. This occurs when the soil becomes densely packed, making it difficult for grass to take root and allowing hardier weeds to take over. To test your yard for this problem, stick a garden fork into the ground when dry. If the tines fail to penetrate 2 inches your soil is compacted and should be loosened with an aerator designed to remove small plugs of soil from your lawn.
Mulch – The waste produced in regards to your mowing should not be considered waste. The clippings or mulch produced during mowing time should be redistributed across the lawn. This mulch provides a layer which retains moisture and breaks down into natural fertilizer. Bagging is recommended when the grass has grown too long and mulching would leave the clipping on top of the grass. Precision Lawn and Landscape both mulches and bags depending on the need or preference of the home-owner.
Weeds – For environmental and effectiveness reasons we recommend spot-treating lawn weeds with a weed killer and not using granular weed-killer which is usually in many summer fertilization products.
Watering Your Lawn – Hydration is essential to the growth and nutrition of your lawn. The entire landscape surrounding your home needs to have at least an inch of water on a weekly basis. Lawn Watering should be done in the early morning hours so that the soil can absorb all moisture before any sun and or heat has a chance to dry it up. The watering must be measured, through the use of a coffee can as an example, to make sure that you do not over water the lawn and cause the soil to become infertile due to too much moisture.
Fertilizer – Since most of the grasses that are traditionally used in lawns throughout North America were brought to the region from Europe, they require fertilization to provide the nutrients they would have received naturally in their original climates. To maintain a healthy cool season lawn, add fertilizer during the early fall to replace the nutrients that were lost over the warm summer months. The fertilizer will also stimulate the growth of new root systems during the dormant winter months, which will cause the grass to grow more thickly in the spring.
Thatch – The fall is also when you need to check the amount of thatch that has built up in your yard over the summer. Thatch is composed of dead grass clippings, clumped root systems, and other collections of tightly packed greenery that can choke your lawn and keep it from thriving. The best way to see how much thatch has developed is to use a shovel and dig a small cross section from the top of your lawn. If there is more than an inch of thatch built up, you will need to aerate the lawn to give the grass more room to grow. Aerators can be rented from any local home improvement store, or you can hire Precision Lawn and Landscape.
Clean Up Leaves and Debris – Sometimes it can seem like a losing battle, but it is important for your lawn that you continue to clear falling leaves away as often as possible. Stacks of dead leaves will shield your grass from the sun and cause it to die fairly quickly. Moist dead leaves can also lead to diseases and mold that can be very harmful to your lawn. Dead leaves make excellent organic compost that can be used to fertilize your lawn once it has decomposed properly. A small amount of leaves can also be mulched into the lawn.