As soon as the weather begins to warm up, your lawn starts growing and other vegetation peeks out from the soil. With all this new growth activity, your yard quickly becomes the focus of one of your main weekly outdoor tasks. To help you keep up with all the maintenance around your lawn, here are some lawn care recommendations you can use to keep your landscaping and property in great condition.
Follow Watering Guidelines
One of the first requirements your lawn will need is enough water to sustain it through the heat of the summer. Watering your lawn properly requires more than just applying water to it whenever you remember.
The best watering application is a scheduled watering every few days for a set amount of time each session. If you live in a northern climate with hot summers, your lawn will usually need one to two inches of water each week to keep it alive and growing. However, if you have a more drought-resistant lawn, you may only need to water one-half to one-and-one-half inches each week, depending on the type of lawn.
It is best to water your lawn the required amount each week with longer watering sessions spaced out with longer intervals between each session. This will get water deep into your soil and promote your lawn's roots to grow deeply as well, keeping your lawn healthier and more drought-resistant.
Keeping your lawn mowed on a regular basis might just seem like an aesthetic detail, but irregular mowing does, in fact, make an impact on the health of your lawn. The longer your lawn grows between mowing, the more it can cause problems with your lawn. A long lawn will prevent the roots from getting the water it needs, and your lawn will dry out. Then, when you do mow your now-long lawn, you will need to cut off too much of the lawn's blade length. This activity will stress the lawn plant out and make it susceptible to disease, insect problems, and poor health.
Be sure you mow your lawn weekly to keep it at a uniform height, which will also help its appearance. Cut it long to also keep the roots shaded, which will help keep the soil moist between watering.
Consider the help of a lawn care service to help you get your lawn's health where it needs to be. They can recommend aeration, fertilization, and over-seeding to help fill in bare patches on your lawn.