Summer Lawn Care
- Mowing the Lawn
A healthy landscape does not necessarily mean that it has to be short. When cutting the grass, the blades need to be set as high as possible. The length of grass, preferably high, provides numerous amounts of benefits towards keeping the soil healthy and productive.
Tall blades of grass are able to obtain more light during peak sun hours and, in turn, will use this energy to produce and provide more nutrients to the roots and surrounding soil. Taller blades will also provide shade that allows for the soil surrounding each blade of grass to maintain moisture throughout the dry heat of most summer days.
- Grass Clippings
The waste produced in regards to mowing should not be considered waste. The clippings that you produce during mowing time should be redistributed across the lawn.
There are certain mowers that do not collect clippings in bags but rather just cut and allow for the shredded lawn to fall back into the grass and the soil. These cut blades of grass will be able to supply the soil with an added supply of nutrients as well as additional shade to further along the growth of a healthy landscape.
Fertilization at both the beginning of the spring season as well as at the end of the fall season is vital to grass maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Most organic fertilizers used in the spring allow for the soil to be kick started with an abundance of nutrients to inhibit growth at a more rapid pace. On the opposite side of the spectrum, most winterizing fertilizers allow for the soil to capture nutrients and store there to maintain a healthy landscape during the harsh snow and inclement weather of the winter.
Any patches of landscape that do not seem to grow properly needs to be seeded accordingly. Seeding once and maintaining a proper water schedule on those parts will show some improvements in the days and weeks to come.
There has to be a conscious effort to walk through the landscape on an every other day basis to find any instance of weeds and remove as soon as possible. This allows the prevention of newly formed weeds before they have a chance to grow roots and stake a claim in the soil of your lawn.
Hydration is essential to the growth and nutrition of your landscape. The entire landscape needs to have at least an inch of water on a weekly basis. This inch of water can come from rain or can come from manual irrigation through a water hose.
The main keys to remember when it comes to manual hydration are to water as early as possible as well as not to over-saturate your landscape.
All watering must be done in the early morning hours so that the soil can absorb all moisture before any sun and or heat has a chance to dry it up. The watering must be measured to make sure it does not cause the soil to become infertile due to too much moisture.
- Clean Slate
The landscape should remain clean at all times and seasons, especially in the fall. Leaves and debris will find its way to the ground from surrounding trees and will cause havoc to the soil if not cleaned. If there is no clean-up, the leaves will remain on the ground through the winter months and, in turn, cause an unsafe setup of nutrients and bugs to inhabit the soil and delay growth in the spring months.
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