Lawncare & Sprinklers

Tips for Successful Lawn Care

No questions asked, rolling out a carpet of sod is the quickest way to a beautiful lawn. But sod can get expensive, especially if your lawn is going to cover a large area. The alternative is seeding the area yourself, either by hand or with a method called hydro seeding, which has recently become quite popular. Long used by farmers to sow large fields, hydroseeding solves one of the main problems of hand seeding: even dispersal of seeds. The grass seed a mix of varieties blended for your climate and the type of use your lawn will get is mixed into a pulp made from virgin wood fibers, fertilizer and binding agents.

When it comes to sharing lawn secrets, the first one on many garden experts talk about is mowing height. Most people mow their lawns way too short, which stresses out the grass. The secret is doing less, not more: We recommend raising the mower to the highest possible notch so you're mowing only the top third of the grass when you cut. Taller grass promotes better root development, as well as shading the ground so it doesn't dry out as fast. An added benefit: the taller grass blocks the sun that weed seeds require to germinate. And don't believe for a moment that leaving grass taller is going to mean mowing more often, says Gary. There's a big misunderstanding that a lot of people have that if they cut it shorter, they won't have to mow it as often. But that's absolutely false, it renews itself so fast that it doesn't save you any time.

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Water only once a week, but water deep is the rule to successful lawn care. A weekly soaking helps roots extend deeper into the soil, while frequent shallow waterings tend to lead to thatch, that unsightly web of dry brown runners just above the soil. Watering deeply can also prevent chinch bugs, a pest that tends to attach dried, stressed out lawns across the midsection of the country. To figure out how much water your lawn needs, take your soil type into account: sandy soils dry out faster, while clay soils hold moisture longer and don't require watering as often.

For a newly seeded lawn, water every day for five to 10 minutes only. Your goal is to dampen the seeds without causing runoff that might wash them away or mar the surface with gullies. After the seeds sprout and the new grass is a half inch tall, water once a day for 15 to 20 minutes.

If you have any questions about performing successful on care, we encourage you to contact us through our contact page right here on our website and our team will happily do its best to assist you as much as we can. Additionally, if you have it that you would like to share with us concerning the process of successful lawn care management, feel free to send those our way as well.

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