Lawns that are properly mowed are actually healthier and more beautiful. A properly mowed lawn is thicker and has deeper roots, making it more durable and better equipped to combat weeds, insects, and diseases. Mowing mistakes can result in discolored grass tips, brown spots, and even damage to the lawn.
Poper watering techniques are essential to a healthy, attractive lawn. Many people wait to long before they start watering their lawn. You need to start early in the season to ensure that your lawn gets through the hot summer.
Established lawns should be watered deeply, but infrequently. Deep watering once a week encourages deeper root growth, while frequent, shallow watering produces a limited root system. Although watering frequency depends on the type of grass, your soil, and the weather, most grasses require about one inch of water each week for healthy growth. When watering, make sure you moisten the top three to four inches of soil, which covers the root zone.
The best time to water is in the morning. This conserves water that would evaporate if you were to water later in the day, but also allows grass to dry before evening. Grass that remains wet for long periods of time is more susceptible to disease.
If you’re using a movable sprinkler, let it run in one spot just until the water begins to run off the surface, then move to a different area of the lawn. Monitor your underground irrigation or sprinkler system to ensure that you moisten the lawn’s entire root zone without over-watering any sections.
Water the lawn once grass begins to discolor and wilt. If you can’t keep the grass green, water your lawn with at least one-half inch of water every seven to 14 days, which will keep the plants alive even if they are dormant.
Once your lawn has turned brown and lost all color during drought dormancy, it will take several weeks of steady watering to spur regrowth.
What you can't see now can hurt your lawn's appearance later. While your lawn lies dormant and weather conditions tend to be wetter in many areas, spring and summer weeds could be lurking in the grass. Research shows that lawns that have been thinned by disease or insects are especially susceptible to invasions of weedy grasses and broadleaf weeds.
Without taking preventive measures at the right time, you could be facing a patchwork of color & texture within your lawn. Weedy grasses often contrast greatly with desirable turfgrasses & can be difficult to eliminate once they've become established in your lawn. Broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions that rise well above the turf & produce flowers, are even more visible within a uniform carpet of green.
Many factors, such as insects, disease, and weeds, can contribute to thin or bare patches in an otherwise healthy lawn. You work hard in your yard, and you want it to look as lush and lovely as possible. Unfortunately, there's an army of aggressive pests out there just waiting to undo your handiwork.
During the spring and summer months, pests such as fleas, ticks, spiders, chiggers, crickets, pillbugs and more hatch and become active, while other pests are active all year long. Its important to recognize the need to treatment of these problems as some pests' bites have been known to transmit diseases or cause allergic reactions for pets and people.
Hot weather is dangerous for any landscape, because drought-stressed lawns are more susceptible to damage from disease and insects. The color of your plants is a reflection of overall health. Have you noticed your grass change from a bright green to a dull gray or blue-green? That can be an early indicator of drought stress. Another sign is when your footprints don't spring back after you walk across the lawn.
As the effects of drought progress, the turf loses its green color altogether and turns yellow, then tan. The tan or brownish color signals drought dormancy. Drought dormancy does not mean your lawn is dead. Because of the hot, dry conditions, it has stopped growing in order to conserve its energy for a more favorable time. This stress usually calls for specialized treatment to get your lawn healthy again.
Problems with your lawn and landscape can be caused by numerous factors including pets, pests, disease, and usage. Pets can easily damage lawn PH levels, while pests and disease can easily turn a healthy lawn to brown. You can help the health of your lawn by better understanding the symptoms of your problem.
Turf-Pro can help you diagnose common lawn and garden problems. Our lawn specialists are trained to answer many of the questions you may have about your lawn and landscape care. Contact us today.