Why is it that sometimes even after all the hard work and money you’ve put into your lawn, it still doesn’t look as good as you would like it to?
Here are some simple tips that will help you get the best looking lawn on your street this year. The best part is it won’t cost you a lot of money to get it… in fact, it may help you save some of that hard-earned green.
One of the first things that you can do to help with the look of your lawn is to water properly. Watering can have a big impact on a lawn’s appearance. We often blame a bad lawn on a lack of water, when over watering is just as much at fault. Homeowners generally irrigate their lawns every day for 20 minutes (simply because that is the way most irrigation systems are set up) without realizing that this type of light watering can lead to shallow rooting and disease. Shallow rooting creates a weaker plant that is prone to environmental stresses, which can result in an increase in lawn diseases. Also, not allowing the lawn to dry out can increase the likelihood of turf disease. This ultimately leads to discoloration of the lawn and poor visual quality.
When it comes to watering your lawn and helping it look its best, water only when the lawn needs it and be sure to water deeply. Watering deeply in the morning when the lawn requires it will give your turf the opportunity to dry out and prevent lawn diseases in the process.
Mowing is another important practice for getting the best lawn possible. A sharp mower blade allows the turfgrass to heal quickly and prevents diseases. A dull mower blade, on the other hand, frays the tips of the plant, giving the lawn a whitish appearance instead of that desirable dark green color.
Mowing to a height of no shorter than 3 inches allows the plants to shade their own roots and soil, helping them retain moisture and reducing the need for watering. The longer the grass, the darker the color of the turf, and this will often be the biggest difference in the look of a lawn. Many homeowners will try to make the lawn resemble a golf course and cut the grass way too short. Shorter lawns require more input and will encourage more weedy grasses and disease. Keeping grass longer will really make a big difference in the health and appearance of your lawn.
Keep those lawns healthy,