By applying this planned approach to your lawn and garden now, you will develop a resilient lawn that’s resistant to the effect of the summer sun, weeds, pests and heavy foot traffic. The secret to having a thriving yard through the summer lies in the lawn-care techniques you implement during the spring. These are the steps to follow for a beautiful lawn….
Many experts suggest aerating your lawn every 1-3 years. Note that high-traffic areas will probably require more frequent attention. Aeration allows the grass to breathe, and also enables water and nutrients to reach the root system more efficiently. Perform this task in the autumn if your lawn is made up of a cool-season grass like bluegrass or ryegrass. If you live in a climate where warm-season grasses thrive, like St. Augustine or Bermuda grass, aerate in early spring.
Raking your lawn and removing the decaying plant material known as thatch gives healthy grass plants the best chance for survival during the winter. This is because a thatch layer exceeding a half-inch can block sunlight from grass and prevent water from reaching deep roots. Dethatching should be in autumn and spring, in conjunction with aeration, if your goal is a beautiful lawn. Fertilizing your lawn at least twice a year, but do it soon. You want to be done fertilizing about 30 days before peak summer temperatures.
Watering your lawn, keeping the roots in mind for lush grass, is essential. Most grasses need about 1 inch of irrigation per week during peak growing seasons. Now is a time to make sure your lawn is staying moist. Note that frequent brief sprinklings encourage unfavorable shallow root penetration – so water well rather than frequent light waterings. Deep roots are crucial in helping grass plants withstand hot summer conditions, including droughts. A single deep irrigation is preferable, and for best results water your lawn during the early morning or night.
Mowing is important for the overall health of your lawn. A systematic approach to mowing is important. Never cut more than one-third of the height of the grass during each mowing. Frequent springtime mowing helps strengthen the roots, making the plants hardy and healthy. Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower as the summer months approach. Longer grass shades the soil better, keeping it moist. Preferably in the fall, reseed bare patches prior to the grass-type’s peak growing season.
Sharpen or replace a dull lawnmower blade. A dull or chipped blade will pull grass blades out of the ground instead of cutting them. If local restrictions limit the amount of watering you can do, target areas of your lawn that get the most foot traffic. These areas need strong root systems to withstand the constant wear.
These are the tools you will need for your success…a rake with steel tines, a lawnmower, a lawn aerator, fertilizer and grass seed. Follow these lawn care guidelines and you will create a lawn that you will love and be proud of all summer long. You can always ask us for assistance, your New Jersey landscaper and garden professionals!