• Seven Steps To An Amazing Lawn

    by  • January 16, 2013 • Repairing Your Lawn • 0 Comments

    I am a professional landscaper, but sometimes I also struggle to have an amazing looking lawn. After renting my house out for 3 years, I moved back into a home where the lawn was nearly destroyed.  The steps listed in this article are ones I used to fix my lawn. My lawn went from being the worst lawn in the neighborhood (when I moved back in) to being one of the best.



    Fixing Trouble Spots Every Spring

    The first step is to fix trouble spots in your lawn. It takes about 1-2 hours to fix all the trouble spots. What you need to do is to rake out the dead areas with a garden rake, and then re-seed them with a high-quality grass seed and a bit of pit moss. If you live in an area the country that gets a lot less sunlight in the winter, you may have grass that is sparse. If this is the case, make time every spring to over seed your lawn. Make sure to water your lawn regularly for the first 3 to 4 weeks or until the grass seed has established itself.

    Mowing often and at the right height

    Mowing is one of the best ways to improve your lawn.  It’s one of the single most important things that you can do to your lawn regularly to improve the way that it looks. Mowing will make your lawn grow thicker and be more resistant to weeds, if you do it at the right height and you do it regularly. If you are unsure about where to set your lawnmower, you can try setting it for about two to 2 ½ inches. You can get a ruler out and major your lawnmower from the ground to where the blade spins. Make sure that the settings on the front and the back are the same so that you can get a straight cut on your lawn. You never want to mow off more than one-third of the blade of grass at a time. This means that during the busy growing season, you’re going to probably need to mow your lawn at least once every 5 to 7 days. I try to mow my lawn at least once a week when it is actively growing. Putting it on the calendar for Saturday morning, and then getting up early to do it, helps me get it done.

    Cutting at this height works for about 95% of lawns. If you are planting a lawn with bent grass, you’re going to want to mow it between ½ inch and 1 inch. There are some varieties of Buffalo grass to look better when they are about 3 inches tall.

    Watering

    If you didn’t water your lawn for a few weeks during the summer, it would turn yellow and it might even die. Watering your lawn on a regular basis keeps it green. For most lawns you want to use between one and 1 ½ inches of water per week. If you’re unsure about how often to water your lawn, simply put a few cans out on your lawn entering your sprinkler systems. Water your lawn until you have a half of an inch of water in a can. If it takes you 30 min. to get a half an inch of water, then you will probably want to water your lawn for 60 to 90 min. every week. The amount of water that you get depends on the type of sprinkler heads that you have, how many of them you have on each circuit, and your water pressure. The easiest way to take care of the watering is to install an automatic sprinkler system, or a timer. Having a timer is also a good way to make sure that you don’t over water your lawn. Another way to save water is to use a Hydro meter that will automatically turn your sprinklers off when it is raining.

    Fertilization

    If one neighbor fertilizes his lawn every 6 to 8 weeks, and the other neighbor never puts down any fertilizer, these two lawns will probably look completely different. My favorite type of fertilizer for lawns is nitric urea. I like urea because it has a ton of nitrogen in it and because it is slow release. Lawn fertilizers are typically high in nitrogen. Nitrogen helps the blade part of your grass grow very quickly. Potassium and phosphorus are also needed for your lawn, especially over the winter months. If you put a fall fertilizer or winterize your lawn, you will probably be using a fertilizer containing nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. These NPK values  at the top of each bag of fertilizer refer to the amount contained.


    Putting down fertilizer once every other month during the spring, summer, and fall will help keep your lawn looking beautiful.

    Edging

    Straight edger Weed Trimmer – Have you ever seen a teenage boy who hasn’t shaved in a while.  After a few days, he start to look scraggly. This is what my lawn looks like when it hasn’t been edged properly. A weed trimmer is perfect to use around garden boxes, and fences. You can also do wavy areas of your lawn simply by turning your weed trimmer upside down. If you have areas of cement that surround your lawn, you should try using a straight edger. A straight edger will help to take out some of the soil along the edge, and it will also cut through the roots. It is the best way to have a straight edge for your lawn

    Aeration

    If you live in an area of the country that has a lot of clay in the soil, or you live in a hilly area where the soils easily compacted, aerating your lawn can make a lot of difference. Lawn aeration allows water to soak into the soil. It also pulls cores out of your lawn which give good soil room to expand once temperatures get hot. If the soil expands and feels a holes, you don’t have to worry about it expanding and compacting your lawn. As the water soaks deeper into the ground, it also makes it easier for your roots to grow deeper and helps you to have thicker turf.

    Dethatching

    Not every law needs to be de-thatched, and a lot of lawns that do don’t have to have it done every year. But if you have creeping grasses, or St. Augustine grass, you should definitely have it done. You can tell that you have thatching your lawn if it is hard for you to dig through it with your finger and find the ground. You can also talk of thatch if you walk across your lawn, and it leaves slowly rising footprints. Using A/D thatcher is like giving your lawn a facelift. It helps make old lawns look new again.

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