Growing and keeping a green lawn can be a challenge. Our team of lawn care
specialists create a specialty mix of fertilizers and weed control products to keep the lawns we manage green and healthy. But, there are many things to consider when mixing fertilizers and other products, so where should you start? And what should you do to keep your lawn green?
Determine Your Soil Type
To know how to best treat your lawn and fertilize, you should know what kind of soil you have. We’re not necessarily talking about a clay soil
, Gumbo, Sandy, etc. We’re referring to the makeup of your soil. Every couple of years you should test your soil for the pH level. It is also ideal to test for nutrients. Many kits you purchase at a local hardware store are good for pH level estimates, but not so great for nutrient levels.
Once you know your levels, you will know what type of fertilizer you need for your lawn.
Slow Release Fertilizer
Find a slow release fertilizer that fits the needs of your soil. A slow release fertilizer allows the lawn to absorb the nutrients over a longer period of time. If you need help, you can ask a Gardner or local home improvement person for help determining what fertilizer would best balance your lawn.
Before you lay the fertilizer, it is a good idea to aerate
your lawn. This allows water and nutrients to get further down in your lawn, closer to the roots.
Watering Your Lawn
One of the biggest keys to keeping your lawn green is water. Simple, but very important. If you have a new lawn, you’ll want to water daily. So if you just laid sod or put in some seed, you’ll need to keep a daily watering schedule until the roots have had time to establish themselves. If your lawn is mature, it is best to water deeply 1-2 times a week. So, instead of watering 10 min every other day. Water for 20-30 per station if you have an irrigation system one to two times a week.
Mowing Your Lawn
Just like tree trimming
and pruning of other plants, to keep them healthy you’ll need to mow your lawn and cut the grass. You do need to be careful to not cut the lawn too short, which can expose the grass roots to sunlight and harm them. You’ll also want to try moving in different directions every time you mow, this will help you avoid compacting the soil.
Keeping your lawn green has many variables and does require some thought and effort. For all of your fertilizing and lawn care needs, contact us at 469-34-9616