5 Tips For Maintaining A Beautiful Lawn
- Water. Water. Water. Your lawn may need as much as 1-1/2 inches of water a week during dry weather. Make sure your soil is damp at least 4 to 6 inches deep after a watering. Water in the mornings twice a week for best results.
- Mow right away. (We can keep up with this so you can enjoy your free time) Mow frequently. Keep your blades sharp. Remove no more than 1/4 to 1/3 of grass blades. Don’t mow during drought conditions when your lawn is stressed.
- Control grubs. With grubs, out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind. These sub-surface insects live and feed on your grass roots. By the time you notice the tell-tale brown patches, the damage is already done. Prevention is the key.
- Aerate. Core aeration creates thousands of new growth zones in your soil and gets air, water and nutrients to the roots. The Yard Men aeration service also helps to break down thatch and give you healthier grass with deeper, thicker roots.
- Seeding. Fall is the optimal time to overseed—preferably right after aeration. This replenishes your lawn with new grass plants to fill in the thin areas and increase the density and beauty of your yard.
- The best time to water your grass is during the hours of 4 a.m to 8 a.m. Watering your grass in the daytime not only wastes water because the sun and heat evaporates most of the water, but it also can cause burning of the grass from the sun heating up the water that is on the blades.
- Do not overwater. By avoiding overwatering, you will save water, money, and prevent grass diseases. Only water when needed. Watering everyday is not necessary. 2-3 days or 1-2 inches per week is recommended.
- A simple test for determining if grass needs water is to walk on the lawn and if you leave foot prints, it may be time to water the lawn.
What Is Power Raking?
- Power raking is the process of cutting swathes into the dead material of lawns to remove dead grass so the soil can breathe and the grass can grow more efficiently. Power raking differs from dethatching in extent. While dethatching tears deeply into the soil, removing both dead layers and healthy root systems, power raking is a gentle process design to tear out only the grass material at the surface of the soil.
- Power raking is seen as an easier and more efficient option than dethatching. Because the blades only cut the surface of the grass, it aerates the lawn and helps get rid of dead matter without destroying the healthy grass. Dethatching is a much more extensive process that can tear apart growing grasses and needs to be followed by careful care of the lawn. Power raking targets only the dead grass layer and when done effectively, removes waste without causing damage so that the lawn can heal quickly and no permanent damage is done.
By aerating your lawn you provide the following benefits to your lawn and its root system:
- Oxygen gets to the roots and the soil allowing it to “breathe”
- Organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system
- Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system
- Helps to break up thatch
- Tight, compacted soil is loosened up allowing the root system to grow