Did you know April is National Lawn Care Month? It makes sense since we're drowning in April showers! Follow these 6 simple steps and your lawn and wallet will be lined with green.
- Get water wise. Conserve water by giving your lawn a deep watering every few days, not daily. Frequent, light watering can cause water to evaporate and leads to shallow root growth.
- Keep grass at a longer, finished cut height. Never remove more than one-third of a grass blade while mowing. The means about 2-3 inches tall after you mow. It is best to mow in the morning and not after a fresh rain.
- Consider grass-cycling. Keeping some grass clippings on the lawn after mowing allows nitrogen and nutrients to be returned to the soil for a healthier lawn. It protects against fungal disease. If the grass is long, you may have to double cut it to properly mulch clippings. Never leave excess clippings on top of the lawn.
- Check your balance. Healthy grass starts at the soil. A simple soil test can determine its pH balance, which can help indicate nutrients and is appropriate for the season and your lawn type.
- Think smart lawns. One of the top landscape trends of 2017, cultivars, or cultivated grass varieties, are selectively bred to withstand the elements while still delivering an aesthetically beautiful and healthy lawn. A landscape professional can help you determine if these grass varieties are best for installing or overseeding a lawn.
- Care about more than color. Don't worry if your grass isn't always green. A brown lawn does not mean it is dead. It could be dormant due to factor like extreme heat or drought.
Tenants should consult with a professional regarding lawn care guidance for their individual property. For more tips and to find a qualified landscape professional, visit LoveYourLandscape.org/Find-A-Pro.