Many homeowners and business owners in the Plano area want beautiful lawns that welcome guests or customers and improve overall curb appeal for the property. You can keep a lawn healthy in many ways, especially if you have plants and flower beds, trees, pathways, or other features in the yard. Explore the following five tips for lawn maintenance that any homeowner or business owner can follow.
Every few weeks, check the grassy areas around a residential or commercial property for weeds while performing routine lawn maintenance tasks. In Plano, some common weed types include bushy crabgrass, clumps of tall dallisgrass, and dandelions, but the types of weeds can change with the seasons.
Before laying down any weedkiller, dig out weeds using hand tools like a dandelion digger or a hoe in garden beds. Then, apply an herbicide, but be cautious because some can kill grass, too. Organic lawn fertilizer can help your grass grow thicker to prevent weeds from taking root.
Aerate the Lawn
Consider inspecting a lawn to see how deep and hearty grass roots are in the earth. Dig up a portion of the lawn, and if the roots don’t extend farther than 2 inches, aerating the soil can help relieve this soil impaction and give the roots more room to grow.
Be sure to water the area a few days before aerating to wet the soil and improve the impact of aeration. After aerating, put down compost to give the grass more nutrients.
While mowing isn’t a complicated process, it is essential to have a mower’s blades at an appropriate height and alternate the mowing pattern to prevent soil compaction. Set mower blades to cut so that the grass is at least 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall. This mowing depth can create more shade that prevents weeds from sprouting. To change the mowing pattern, run the mower at a 45- to 90-degree angle difference from the last mowing pattern. If the mower went north and south, the following mowing pattern should be northeast to southwest or east to west.
Lastly, make sure the blades stay sharp, too.
Water the Lawn
Keeping grass watered ensures the roots stay hydrated and healthy. Consider installing an irrigation system of sprinklers that run a few times per week up to every day or night. The frequency in which the sprinklers run can depend on many factors, including a homeowner’s or business owner’s water bill concerns, local drought conditions, and the type and amount of grass.
Feed the Grass
When and how you fertilize your lawn depends on the type of grass on the property. Different types of grass need more fertilizer than others. Feeding the grass also depends on the season. Fertilizing in the early spring can jump-start healthy growth. Regular fertilization during the hot summer months can keep the grass green, and fertilizing a few times in the autumn and winter can ensure the grass stays healthy.
Some lawn fertilizer brands recommend feeding grass every six to eight weeks. How often to fertilize can depend on how much moisture the grass gets and how hot the temperature of the soil rises during the day.
While these tips are great for lawn maintenance over time, it’s best to let the professionals handle major landscaping transformations. Contact Clients First Landscape Solutions to transform a residential or commercial property in the Plano area.