We know the condition of your lawn is important to you. We also know that you’d probably rather not devote all your surplus time and money to maintaining it during the growing months. Fortunately, you don’t have to. By working smarter rather than harder you can have a lush, green lawn without wasting away your weekends and breaking the bank on lawn care supplies.
Fertilizing at the beginning of every mowing season will help your grass recover from dormancy quickly, but it will also leave your lawn vulnerable to weed growth. On top of that, early fertilizing will ensure that you have to mow more, sooner. Instead of fertilizing right away, it’s best to perform a soil test to determine exactly what nutrients your lawn is lacking. This will minimize the amount of chemicals you have to apply to your yard, and save you money on unnecessary fertilizing.
Keep Mower Blades Sharp
This might seem like an intuitively obvious maintenance item, but it tends to get neglected. Dull blades will tear, rather than cut blades of grass, leaving the torn edges susceptible to disease. Sharp blades will also cut faster, reducing the total time required to mow your lawn.
Not only will compost help your lawn grow healthy and thick, it will also save you money on the cost of fertilizer. Spread a light (quarter-inch) layer of compost each year to encourage healthy lawn growth and reduce the need for additional fertilization.
Water Early, Rather Than Often
Watering in the cool early morning hours will prevent evaporation and allow water to penetrate the roots of your grass more thoroughly. In general, you should only need to apply roughly one inch of water per week to your lawn. If you receive heavy rainfalls, refrain from watering until a few days after the rain subsides. This will minimize stress on your sprinkler system, and save you money on your water bill.
At Suburban Lawn and Sprinkler, we’ve been in the lawn care business since 1962. Give us a call today, and found out how modern, efficient irrigation systems can keep your lawn healthy and green while saving you valuable time and money.