We all can tell the difference between happy lawns and sad ones. Happy lawns burst out of the ground fresh, strong, and green while sad ones just sort of lie there, listless and brown.
But, you'd go listless too if you were stuck outside all day, not enough to eat, wishing for more nutrients while bugs and grubs and creepy crawlies chew at your roots and weeds keep elbowing over, into your space.
On the flip side, having healthy and natural life right outside our front door can give us a feeling of sereni, of being one with nature, of pure, simple happiness. That's why we love our lawns.
But, maintaining a healthy lawn is trickier these days than ever. The sun burns a bit hotter, the bugs bite a bit harder, and many common weeds are developing resistance to common herbicides. So what's a homeowner to do?
Let’s start with one of the most important things… food.
Many lawn care companies offer fertilizer. They come out once, sprinkle a little magic dust over the lawn, and what happens? Not much. That's because proper fertilization is a year-round process! Your lawn is a living thing, and living things need to eat!
Sure, it's great to give your lawn 1 good meal a year, but do you know what's better? Giving it 7 meals a year. Our intensive fertilization package will ensure that we're providing the right type of food for your lawn from January to November. We'll even make sure that your lawn isn't developing a tolerance to the products we're putting down by switching them up accordingly.
If your lawn isn’t already on a fertilizer and weed control program, now is a great time to start. A lawn left to fend for itself is not a happy lawn.
Water Your Lawn
The basic principle to remember when watering is that plants love the morning, while diseases, fungi, and other no goodniks prefer the heat of the afternoon. Get your watering done early and you'll avoid disease and evaporation loss.
For in-depth tips as far as irrigating your lawn goes, check out this article: The Scoop on Sprinklers: Common Problems with Irrigation Systems and How To Fix Them!
It’s an age-old question isn’t it? What’s the best height to mow?
Truth be told, the answer is going to depend on the type of grass, the season and condition of your lawn. We recommend not cutting off more than ⅓ of the grass blade at any time. This is a reason why we love weekly grass cutting instead of bi-weekly. Mowing consistently allows us to appropriately cut the right amount of grass which encourages a thick lawn.
Another question we get asked is what to do with the clippings. We like letting the grass blades fall on the lawn and mulching them instead of bagging them up. Grass blades are primarily water and if you bypass bagging you allow nutrients to go back into the soil. (You also cut back on landfill waste!)
If you've ever loved the look of a golf course or athletic field, you'll note that they often get cut 2-3 times per week and they don't bag the leaves either!
These are just a few tips to help guide you on the path to a beautiful lawn.
Ask yourself how you’d feel if you ate once a year with nothing in between. Not good right? Your lawn doesn’t think so either. Give us a call, set up an appointment, and we’ll show you what a happy lawn looks like!