How to Keep Your Grass in a Healthy Condition
Your lawn is one of the first things a passerby will notice about your home, so you’ll probably want to know how to keep it at its healthiest and looking its best. There’s much more to keeping your lawn healthy than just cutting the grass every so often.
Below, we’ve collated some of our top tips for mowing the lawn and keeping your grass in top condition.
You will see a noticeable difference in the quality of your lawn when you introduce a mowing schedule. Regularly cutting the grass encourages it to grow healthy and green.
Grass grows so slowly during winter that it usually doesn’t require any mowing unless it’s looking particularly long. During its growing season, you’ll want to cut the grass around once a week to keep it in good condition.
Rainfall and fertilization will directly affect the rate at which your grass grows and therefore how frequently it needs to be cut. Generally speaking, once a week is a good goal.
Cutting your grass too short or leaving it too long can create problems for your lawn. You run the risk of drought, heat damage, and the growth of weeds if you cut your grass too short, and long grass creates an environment perfect for unwanted insects and other critters.
There are different optimum heights depending on the type of grass, so it’s good to know which type of grass your lawn is made of. The average rule is to remove no more than one third of the length of a blade of the grass.
The best approach to maintaining a healthy lawn is to determine which type of grass you have, what its optimum height is, and then let your grass grow one third taller before mowing.
Should I Water It?
The average amount of water a lawn should receive is around 1-1.5 inches per week, including rainfall. You can spread this out throughout the week, applying the water in sessions, or you can do it all in one go.
It’s not necessary to water your lawn if it’s seen plenty of rainfall through the week – it’s important not to overwater your grass. Of course, you should provide additional water to your lawn if there’s a drought.
You can install an irrigation system designed to stay on top of watering your lawn and garden, one of the many services we provide here at Dalzell Design Landscaping.
Should I Fertilize It?
Fertilizer can help you to achieve that lush green lawn when applied correctly. In general, applying fertilizer to your lawn twice a year is encouraged. The best time of year to apply fertilizer is when the grass is actively growing, which will depend on the type of grass you have. The most effective fertilizer for your grass will also depend on the type of grass you have, so it pays to do your research.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss lawn care and irrigation systems, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Dalzell Design Landscaping.