1. Schedule Your Watering
Believe it or not, there is a best time of day to water your lawn. That's the morning. This gives your soil time to absorb the water before the midday sun evaporates it. Watering in the middle of the day on a sunny day means that a lot of that water will be wasted.
What about nighttime? This is asking for lawn diseases. You don't want your lawn to stay damp throughout the night. Stick to morning to get the most out of your watering.
Don't water every day, either. Grass normally doesn't receive rainfall every single day. It's better to water twice a week for a longer period of time than it is to water every day for a short period. The strength of this is that the water will absorb more deeply in the ground, building deeper roots for your grass. Short periods of watering will encourage the grass to keep its roots short, and therefore your grass won't be as healthy.
2. Don't Flood Your Lawn
That said, don't flood your lawn out. Creating runoff can mean a lot of nutrients in the soil are carried off and that the soil is eroded. This makes your grass weaker with less hold and shallower roots. It's better to water your lawn for an hour at a lighter setting than it is to water it for a half hour at a heavy setting. Sprinkler systems that turn off for 15 minutes before turning back on (or just moving the sprinkler head if it's on a hose) work wonders.
This still means you're watering for a long period of time. The soil won't have dried out in 15 minutes so you'll still get deeper absorption in the soil, but it will have absorbed the water that's backed up on the surface. Soil can only absorb at a certain rate, so when watering for long periods of time, it's key to make sure the water is really getting absorbed. This may take a bit of experimenting and observation or consultation with a professional landscaping service.
This means you should avoid watering as often when it's been rainy. Many people let their sprinklers run on their regular schedule even after a thunderstorm. This will hurt your lawn, not help it. On top of that, you're adding to your water bill when you don't need to. A good rainstorm counts as a watering.
3. Fertilize Your Lawn
Fertilizing your lawn helps add nutrients into your lawn. Nutrients in the soil are often washed away by rain and need replenishment. A good service can fertilize your lawn so you don't have to mess with mixer bottles, or you can fit a fertilizer mixer bottle to your hose and water the lawn yourself (just remember to scrub your hands with soap afterward).
Different fertilizers have different application dates. In other words, they have optimal times of the year to apply them. Make sure your pets stay off a freshly fertilized lawn for a few days and put up a little fertilizer warning sign to help others keep their pets off. Fertilizer can get on pets' paws and they'll lick it off, but after several days it should be fine (it will vary by fertilizer).
4. Giving Your Lawn Some Air
What's the point of plunging a pitchfork into your lawn at regular intervals? Is this just something that people do when they've finally lost it? There is a point to it. Your lawn needs aeration. That helps it absorb oxygen, water, and other nutrients more deeply. By poking small, deep holes in your lawn's surface about every half-foot, you'll increase the efficiency of your watering because the soil will be able to absorb water faster.
Your grass won't be hurt by this, even if it means slicing the points of a garden fork through some blades. Overall, this kind of aeration can be very helpful.
5. Get Weeding
Weed killer isn't always (or often) as effective as advertised. Weed control is a better solution, although it can mean more work. Again, this is where a professional landscaping service can save you a lot of work.
People avoid weeding because it can be a real time commitment. Of course, by the time they get to it, that means the weeds are out of control. The truth is that it's far easier to start the season with a good weeding, and then simply pull weeds individually as you see them. After that, you don't have to devote hours every time you want to weed. If you're doing something else and you see a weed, pull it out. That weed won't have a chance to spread. It's simpler than avoiding your weeds until they're everywhere and it's going to take a whole day again
6. Is Grass Height a Real Thing?
Grass height is absolutely a real thing! Not all grass is the same, and every type has an ideal height where it will be healthiest and sustain itself best. How short you cut your grass can depend on the species.
Generally, people cut their lawns a little too short. Slightly longer blades help keep the grass from drying out by shading the soil and their roots from the sun. This isn't a case of letting a prairie grow wild up to your hip. It's usually a simple case of adjusting your lawnmower height up by an inch.
Growing a healthy, green lawn takes some routine work! If you don’t have time - or want to use your free time to enjoy your home - contact our expert crew.