Many areas of your outdoor landscape may grow satisfactorily with little or no attention. There are some outdoor chores that must be added to your list of regular maintenance, though. To keep your grass and growing areas healthy and vibrant, don’t forget these important lawn care tasks.
Fertilization and Feeding
Many homeowners probably realize that grass and plants need fertilization, but this can be an easy lawn care task to overlook. Even turf that appears healthy needs regular fertilization from time to time. Most experts recommend feeding grass and plants at least two times per year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. It’s also beneficial to add a third feeding sometime in the middle of the summer to give an extra boost.
Growing plants need regular water. If rain doesn’t fall regularly where you live, your lawn care work will need to include providing about 1 inch of moisture to your landscape per week. Watering deeply is more beneficial for growing things because it enables roots to grow deeper into the soil. You may wonder how long it takes to provide this much water. Watering with an automatic sprinkler will generally deliver 1 inch of water in about one hour, but amounts can vary. To be sure you know how much you’re watering, place a rain gauge under a sprinkler to measure water amount.
Weeds can overtake a yard in no time if you let them. To maintain a yard correctly and prevent weeds from taking hold, remove weeds regularly. Crabgrass is a common threat to turf, because it can spread quickly to choke out the turf. Consider using natural herbicides to kill weeds without harming your grass and the environment. Natural herbicides can include dry or liquid molasses and corn gluten meal.
Mowing may be one of those basic lawn care jobs that most people do regularly to manage grass growth, but even this can be done incorrectly. Instead of cutting grass off at a short length, it’s actually better for the overall health of the turf to allow it to remain a little longer. Longer grass ensures that you only cut off the top third of the turf, which encourages better root growth. Taller turf also stresses the lawn less so it becomes stronger and healthier.
Over time, many yards develop nutritional deficiencies that can’t be fixed by feeding. In these cases, it’s actually a lack of oxygen circulation that is damaging the growth. You can recognize this problem by looking at the thatch of the lawn – the foundational growth sitting on the soil. If it appears congested and compacted, you need to fix this issue. Use a special aeration tool to poke holes over the surface of the yard.
Once you know the jobs you can’t ignore if you want to grow a healthy and vibrant yard, you can take care of the most important lawn care maintenance for your landscape. Your turf and plants will thank you by thriving.