Lawncare is hard work, and many tasks must be done to grow a lush yard successfully. It can be overwhelming and exhausting to try and do it all at once, but it becomes manageable when you break up the tasks and take them on one at a time. Recently, we shared a few great tips for how to have a better lawn this summer. Now, we have a few more lawn maintenance tips that will help bring the green to your lawn so you can continue to celebrate your beautiful yard all summer.
Fertilize & Weed Control
Just as your flowers and vegetables need fertilizer, the grass needs nourishment as well. At the same time, you don’t want to feed the weeds. Fertilizing and weed control can be a little complicated as the formula of treatments should vary depending on the time of year. Factors to consider are choosing between quick-release or slow-release nitrogen when to treat for pests and certain kinds of weeds before they appear, and winterizing the lawn in the fall.
One simple do-it-yourself option is a “weed and feed” fertilizer. These provide nutrients for the grass and poison for the weeds. Keep in mind that these fertilizers are not organic and typically have limits on how often they can be applied. If you choose to landscape organically, applying compost is a great option to keep your grass well-fed and crowd out weeds and pests. Using organic and natural fertilizers instead of synthetic is better for both your grass and the environment. In studies, they have proven to work better and produce greener lawns, with the added benefit of them being safer for your family and pets.
Browse the aisle at the home improvement store to see the wide variety of options. Do a little research online and ask questions at the store to determine which fertilizer is best for your needs. Remember that your choice will also depend on the type of grass you have. If all of this seems a little too complex and time-consuming, remember that Createscape can take care of all your lawn treatments.
Mowing & Grass Clippings
The obvious reason to mow the grass is to maintain a healthy and attractive grass height to create a beautiful landscape for your home. But mowing is also healthy for the grass and increases its ability to grow stronger. When grass is cut, it causes it to spread horizontally and the roots to thicken. Sharpen your mower blades at the beginning of the growing season. Dull blades leave jagged edges on the grass tips that quickly turn brown. Sharp blades will keep the mower cutting efficiently and mulch the clippings into a finer consistency.
Mow when the grass is dry and only cut down one-third of the grass at a time if it has grown too tall. Cutting too much off at once will stress the grass, especially in hot weather. If you regularly mow, cut off approximately one inch to make the height about 2 to 2.5 inches tall. Taking off only about an inch at a time will also keep the number of grass clippings low.
After mowing, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings are a natural fertilizer because they quickly decompose, releasing water and nutrients that settle back into your soil. If large clumps have dropped on the lawn, use a rake to spread them out.
Hire a Professional Instead
Following these tips will help you create the beautiful lawn you desire this summer. At Createscape Landscaping Service, our business is to create beautiful lawns, and we know that not everyone wants to do their own yard work. Let our professionals do the work for you! Our services include mowing, fertilizing, weed and insect control, and so much more. Reach out to us for an estimate and more information at (262) 662-0201 or createscapelandscaping.com/contact-us.