Apr 25

Cultural Lawn Care Practices Play an Essential Role

A beautiful home is not only attained through perfect choice of paint or stylized interior design, but also through smart lawn care. Your lawn is the first thing that people notice when it comes to your home. Keeping a clean and healthy-looking lawn is the standard in every American home. The proper cultural practices can help keep your lawn green and healthy.

  1. Improper grass cutting can cause a drop in turf quality. Moreover, improper grass cutting can use up to 20% more water; you see how mowing and irrigation are interrelated? Remember the one-third Rule: Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass at a time when mowing. You are better off to mow more frequently. Another thing to keep in mind is blades sharpness because dull blades can severely damage  the grass. (Go to Pure Mowers for quality lawn mowing choices.)
  2. A year-long diet of nitrogen can improve your turf health. Just make sure you are applying the right amounts, in the right patterns, at the right times. For cold season grasses, 3 applications in April-May, August-September and October-November are ideal times. For warm season turf, it should take place in the months of April-September.
  3. Technology is greatly affecting the way landscape irrigation is inspected and implemented. There is much more than just applying a volume of water per timeframe. Professionals must take into consideration things like soil type and water loss (evaporation), which is affected by factors such as humidity, temperature and wind speed. It’s a good idea to adopt more of a “light and frequent” approach to irrigation, which reduces the chances of over-watering and/or leaching.Proper landscape irrigation is about applying the right volume of water to the right places at the right times.

Cultivation. Improper cultivation may be a leading culprit of poor turf health. You should aerate in both spring and fall on cold season turf, and in the summer on warm-season. Applying a pre-budding herbicide after aerating can be effective. Annual dethatching can be helpful, too. Finally, topdressing is an essential step many fail to execute. Composts can really improve the soil conditions but be careful to never apply a ‘finer’ layer over a courser one.