A healthy and beautiful lawn for different events is possible if you implement the right practices of maintaining and caring for it.
There are actually three main factors that affect the health and overall quality of a lawn, namely the soil, the weather, and the lawn care practices you follow. The soil and weather are obviously hard to control. However, lawn care practices are manageable variables and these can make a big difference in many ways.
Knowing how to care for the grass in your lawn is crucial for it to stay healthy, gorgeous, and suitable for any event you have in mind. The best thing about caring for the grass is the fact that it won’t cost you that much.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the palmetto grass in your lawn, now is the time to do so. Follow these simple steps to make your lawn healthier and greener.
Try to Mow as High as Possible
Taller grass means a healthier lawn. The depth of grassroots and the grass’s height has a close relationship. If you usually mow at 2 inches, you will get roots that are also 2 inches. If you mow at 4 inches, the roots will also be 4 inches.
Water Only When It is Dry
The majority of grass requires one and one and a half inches of water every week, particularly during dry months in summer. Make sure you water deeply but occasionally every morning to decrease the risks of disease. Watering grass once a week is acceptable.
What matters here is the timing and the amount of moisture instead of the frequency. You can use old tuna fish to identify the amount of water you applied.
Mulch Grass Clippings
Did you know that bagging those grass clippings means that you also lose most of the nitrogen you apply when fertilizing? Grass clippings can also help in maintaining the soil’s natural biological activity. On top of that, mulching those clippings saves you from the hassle of having to bag them and carry them to the curb where these will only end up filling the landfills.
Stick to the One-Third Rule
Don’t remove over one-third of the grass’s height in just a single clipping. This can shock the grass and end up stressing it. As a result, it becomes less healthy and more prone to different diseases.
Vary Your Mowing Pattern
Varying the way you mow your grass ensures that the mower’s wheels don’t run over the same spots each and every time as this can lead to bald spots and stress and weaken the grass.
Proper core aeration can reduce compaction and make root development much easier. This can help pull microorganisms up to the ground surface that can help break down thatch.
Don’t Forget to Sharpen the Mower Blade
Finally, make sure that the blade of your mower is sharp all the time. Cutting grass with a dull mower blade will only leave frayed and jagged edge on your grass. As a result, it will turn brown fast and become more at risk of disease.
With these simple tips, you can be sure that your grass lawn is always ready for whatever events you have in mind.