Having a lawn in your yard is a treat. It relaxes and calms you down from a stressful day at work. It is like owning a park right in your yard. Taking care of your lawn shouldn’t be complicated. You just need to know the basics and the proper timing and everything will be easy as you get used to it. We listed the important things that you need to know to care for your lawn.
Weeds are enemies of a beautiful lawn. It grows fast and could overrun the grass. There are weed preventers that you can apply to stop the weeds from spreading. You should use the weed preventer even before they sprout, around March to May. The treatment will prevent the growth of crabgrass that could damage your lawn. But remember not to apply the preventer just after you planted some grass seeds because it can also affect the growth of your lawn grass.
Another weed that you need to eliminate is the broadleaf variety consist of dandelions, dollar weed, and clover. Make sure that the lawn is moist for the treatment to work properly.
There two most common lawn pests are leather jackets and chafer grubs. Leather jackets are the larva of crane fly while chafer grubs are the larva of chafer beetles. These larva feeds on the root system of the grass, resulting in significant damage and destruction to your lawn.
There are other pests such as worms, but it is not advisable to eliminate them entirely because they help in keeping the soil loose.
Due to the variety of pests available, you need to consult with pest control experts. This pest control worker can assess your lawn and recommend the most appropriate and safe pest treatment for your lawn.
You need to nurture your lawn with sufficient fertilizer to support the growth of the grass. You need to fertilize when the grass is at the peak of their growth. The timing of fertilizer application is also crucial to achieve full potential. Southern lawns, such as in San Jose should schedule their fertilizing activities on summer and spring while those in the Northern side should fertilize during fall and spring.
Loosen the soil
Aerating the soil loosens the soil. You need to do this when the grass is growing actively and when the ground is wet. You may do it after your lawn is watered or right after the rain. It will ensure that the aerator will have a good contact with the soil. The soil will also be softer to aerate when it’s wet.
You should water your lawn more frequently during the dry season. Ideally, you should water your lawn early in the morning, just in time to dry excess water. It is not advisable to do your watering at night to avoid soaking the roots in too much moisture.
Practice spacing your watering schedule at least once or twice a week but allow enough water to penetrate a few inches down the soil. It will encourage the roots of your grass to go deeper and make them adapt to long periods of dryness.
Do not let your grass grow tall before you give it a trim. The grass is subjected to stress when you have to cut a significant portion of it. Remember the one-third rule. If you want to keep two inches height, you should start mowing before your grass grows more than three inches.