Most homeowners invest a lot of sweat equity into developing a healthy and green lawn. It takes years of blood, sweat and tears to get the lawn thick, full and bright green, but it only takes one small mistake, like watering at the wrong time, to undo all that hard work. Make lawn care a little easier and your grass healthier with these 10 lawn care tips.
All plants, including grass, have the ability to uptake water best in the early morning hours just before the sun shines on them. Watering the lawn between 5am and 8am are the prime hours when grass can uptake water best.
Watering is best done early and mowing is best done late. Grass naturally slows down its growth just before sunset and mowing late in the evening will cause less trauma to the lawn.
Always keep zero turn lawn mower blades sharp to prevent tearing the tender grass. A dull mower blade can also rip grass up by the roots instead of cut the tops off.
Use a mulch blade or rake up and remove grass clippings after every other mowing. If clippings are always left on the lawn they will build-up over time and create a thick layer of thatch which will smoother grass.
Change the mowing direction with every pass across your lawn to create an attractive pattern across your lawn. With each pass turning around and coming back beside the previous pass in the opposite direction. Cutting like this will leave a dark stripe, than a lighter stripe alternating stripes throughout the lawn. Than the next time you cut the lawn do the same thing in the opposite direction. When you cut your lawn like this it not only looks professional, creating a checkerboard pattern but it also prevents the grass from lying flat along the ground, resulting in a healthier upright blades of grass.
Give the underside of the mower a quick wash down with a water hose after each use. This will prevent the spread of disease and weed seeds in the lawn.
Seeding a new lawn or re-seeding barren spots or over-seeding to thicken an existing lawn should all be done in fall when grass is dormant. The cooler temperatures in fall and winter will allow the newly sown grass seed ample time to germinate and develop a strong root system before the weather warms up in spring.
The easy way to prevent soil compaction (that smoothers grass roots) is to wear golf shoes or aerator sandals when walking on your lawn. This will keep the soil aerated and prevent thatch build-up.
When needed, apply chemical weed control to lawn on a bright day when the sun is shining directly on the lawn area where the weed control chemicals are needed.
Apply disease control chemicals after 7pm in the evening when no rain has been predicted. The nightly dew fall will help the disease control chemicals remain in place and will aid in soil absorption so the product can get to the grass roots quicker.