Maintain a healthy lawn year-round with help from 4 Season Lawn Care Inc. We offer the following lawn care tips so you can keep your grass green and healthy as the seasons change:
Adjust Mower Height
Set your mower blade height to the highest setting when mowing your lawn. Don't be tempted to shave the grass down during the hottest months of the year to save time behind the mower. Longer grass blades hold moisture in the soil, which helps conserve water and keeps your lawn irrigated.
Use a Mulching Mower
Use a mulching mower when mowing your lawn. Mulching mowers chop up grass clippings into smaller fragments and then spread them out over the lawn. Mulched grass clippings contain plenty of organic material to rejuvenate your yard, as well as any retained moisture in the clippings.
Apply Organic Fertilizer
Apply a high-quality, organic fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizer boosts the strength of each grass blade and encourages strong roots and rhizomes (root trailers under the soil surface). Strong roots mean strong grass, even when a lawn turns brown and goes dormant. Avoid using fertilizers containing any salt. Salt harms many of the beneficial insects in the lawn. Organic fertilizers contain no salt and won't harm the environment with runoff.
Water Only When Necessary
Water only when the grass blades begin to curl before browning. Frequent watering creates low-growing roots that don't develop deep roots. Low-growing roots travel along the top 2" of soil and dry out quickly during hot summer days. Infrequent watering causes the grass's roots to dive deeper into the soil to find water. A deep root equals strong, hardy grass that is resistant to weeds and the heat.
Water carefully to control the amount of water used, as well as the cost of watering. One trick involves placing an empty tuna can in the yard near the sprinkler. Turn the sprinkler on for 30 minutes and evaluate how much water is captured in the can and adjust the watering time and sprinkler settings accordingly. Lawns shouldn't receive more than 1" of water in one sprinkler session.
Take Advantage of the Rain
Capitalize on a short-lived rain shower by watering within a few hours of it. Most showers include a 1/4" of rain. Make up the difference to reach 1" with your sprinkler. Space out watering over a few hours to allow the soil plenty of time to absorb the water. The aim is to water slowly to encourage percolation of liquid deep down into the soil.