Lawn Maintenance always starts at the very beginning. Choosing the right seed is key to a healthy lawn.
Types of Grass seeds
Location is important in choosing the type of grass you want for your lawnThe US is divided into three general zones. In the upper half of the US, cool-season grasses will thrive. “Cool Season” means that temperatures drop below freezing in the winter. Hee in Boise we fall into this region and these grass varieties tend to do very well, Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, and Fine Fescue.
The states from southern California all the way to the Carolina’s are transitional grass states. These states need a mix of cool and warm season grasses, but cool season grasses thrive more in this zone.
The southern part of the US is a warm season grass zone. Warm season grasses need hot summers and mild winters to survive. These include the varieties Bahia, Common Bermuda, Hybrid Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia.
Boise Lawn Maintenance 101
Here are some simple steps homeowners everywhere can take to make their lawn barefoot friendly. Like all living things that spring from dirt, grass needs to breath. To help with this, don’t let debris like old leaves, sticks, and other buildup cover the grass. Only help air down into the soil when it is damp.
Feed Your Lawn
Also like other living things, grass needs food. Grass responds well to fertilizer during the growing season of early spring, of course this is not a uniform time frame, be sure to know the growing season of the area you live! If your grass starts turning a lighter color, add nitrogen to restore the vibrant green.
Mowing your Lawn
When hair gets split ends, it is unhealthy, the same is true for grass, and similar to cutting split ends, you only want to cut 1/3 of the blade of grass or less. Lawn scalping is the term for cutting grass too short. If your grass is too short it is much more likely to show areas of disease and weeds. The sparse and weak short grass allows much more dirt to be exposed. That provides fertile ground for weed seed. More sunlight on the exposed dirt will encourage weeds to grow faster.
There are some preventative measures you can take to keep weeds from growing aside from avoiding lawn scalping. This can be accomplished by using a pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass and weeds by preventing their seeds from sprouting in the lawn. The best time to use one of these products is in the early spring. For safety, it is important to follow package directions for whatever brand you decide on.
Maintain Lawn Equipment
Like dull scissors would mangle hair, a dull blade on your mower would also damage the grass so it is important to make sure your lawn mower blade stays sharp for even cuts. Brown areas will result from a lawn cut with a dull blade. The size of your lawn and how often you mow will determine how much blade sharpening needs to happen. The general rule is that the blade will need to be replaced once per mowing season. A good way to determine this is to take a look at your grass after mowing, if it is shredded or frayed, the blade needs help.
Watering your grass
Watering your lawn right is very important. Instead of frequent watering, water a long time, once a day. This is best accomplished in the morning. The cooler morning air and less intense sunlight, allow the maximum amount of water to reach the roots of the grass and the soil to stay damp for more time.
These are just some quick tips on how you can easily maintain a great lawn.
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