There are plenty of practices that homeowners can organize to ensure that their lawn remains green and beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall – and even in the winter. The actions you take as a homeowner are called cultural practices, and they play a big part in the health of your lawn. When you combine the services that Superior Lawn Care provides with a homeowners’ cultural practices, you’ll enjoy a lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Here are a few tips to should consider for great results.
Mowing Your Lawn
- Keep your blades sharp. You should sharpen your blades at least twice during the growing season – once at the beginning and once in the middle. If you cut your grass and notice that the blades look uneven, or you have to mow the same area several times, your blades are probably starting to dull. The blades of grass should look as though they are cleanly cut—one straight line at the top of each blade. If the tops are ragged, the blades are probably tugging at the grass and then pulling it.
- Don’t cut your grass too short. Sometimes, a homeowner will try to lengthen the time between cuttings by mowing the grass too close to the ground. Your grass will start to burn and thin out, and your hopes for a beautiful green lawn will take more time than you expected.
- You should set the blade height so that your grass will be mowed at 3 to 3 ½ inches. You’ll have fewer weeds and your soil will retain moisture more easily, meaning that you may be able to water your lawn less during the hot summer. Also, the taller your grass grows, the deeper the root system will become. Mow more frequently in the spring, when your grass is growing quickly, and be sure to avoid mowing after receiving a lot of rain.
Watering Your Lawn
Another area that causes homeowners uncertainty is how to water their lawn. Should you water frequently, for short period of time, or really soak the ground a couple times a week?
In the spring and fall, you should water deeply, and just a once a week (twice in the summer when it’s hot). If you water too often, your grass will receive too much moisture, and you’re opening it up to damage from certain diseases and insects. Instead, watering about an inch deep into the soil will provide the water that your grass needs, no matter the root length. The best time to water is in the morning, before the sun starts to warm up the ground.
If you have a question about cultural practices for your lawn, give Superior Lawn Care a call. We’re happy to help guide you so that you have a lush, green, healthy lawn. We serve all of southwestern PA, such as Indiana, Upper St. Clair, Penn Township, North Huntington, Belle Vernon, Moon Township, Wexford, and Cranberry.