It is very commendable that you, obviously, care about your lawn’s health and strive to maintain it. But lawn care involves certain tasks that, if not executed correctly, could negate your efforts and, in some cases, do more harm than good. Here are some things to keep in mind to help your grass in the right way.
Giving Your Grass the Right Amount of Water
Everyone knows that watering is a key element to raising a successful, beautiful lawn, but what could be even more important is ensuring that your grass is getting the right amount of water. Different types of grass require different amounts of water, and the rate at which the grass takes in that water varies with grass type as well. Most turf grasses use about one tenth of an inch of water per day.
An easy way to monitor water levels is to place empty tuna cans around your lawn. The next time your sprinklers are on, keep track of how long it takes to fill up half the tuna can, which equals half an inch of water. Now you know the rate at which water is delivered to your grass, and you can easily ensure that the amount of water your grass is getting is not too much or too little but just right.
Watering Your Grass at the Right Times
5:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M is typically the ideal time frame for watering your grass. Water any later than 10 A.M. and there will be a significant increase in water loss due to evaporation. It is harder to accurately monitor the amount of water that is getting to your grass, and less water will be actually sinking into the soil for the grass to use.
Mowing Your Grass the Right Way
Here are some tips and reminders for mowing your grass:
- Change mowing directions each time you mow your lawn. Mow horizontally one time, then vertically the next. This reduces the compaction stress put on your grass.
- Don’t mow up and down hills. Mowing across them guarantees that the grass on the hill is cut evenly, and it makes the job easier on you as well.
- Don’t mow the grass when it’s wet. The wet grass blades will get caught inside your mower, and it will leave clumps on your lawn that could cause parts of it to die.
- Make sure the blades on your lawn mower are the right height; you should be mowing less than one third of the leaf blades each time.
- Typically, mowing once a week is sufficient.
Aerating your Lawn Right
Lawn aeration is very beneficial to grass health as it relieves soil compaction, improves the permeation of water and nutrients into the soil, and it promotes grass root growth. It is important to aerate your lawn at the right times throughout the year. During the cool season, fall is the ideal time to aerate since it gives the grass relief before the dormancy period during the winter. In the warm season, it’s best to aerate during the months after green-up. Never aerate during winter dormancy, the heat of summer, or during spring or fall transition. Consult a specialist for the best lawn aeration techniques and equipment for your lawn.
Mike Piwonka is the owner and CEO of The Grass Outlet, a Texas based company that provides and distributes high quality sod all over the state. The Grass Outlet is a family run company that strives to provide fresh sod at a reasonable price and in a timely manner.