Green Lawn Tips
During this trying time, you may be at your home more than you have been in the past. As we try to find things to do where we are not around many people, it may be a good time to fine tune your lawn.
Americans spend over $6.4 Billion a year on lawn care, according to the Professional Lawn Care Association of America. While we are at home now, it may be a good time now to ensure a beautiful green and healthy lawn.
Start out by checking the soil pH levels. Winter can alter the soil pH and create conditions that are friendly to weeds and disease. The soils pH should read between 6.5 and 7.0 which are slightly acidic. You can test your soils pH by purchasing a pH tester. Lime can be added to adjust pH.
After the soil has been checked, invest in a rental aerator (you can group rent with a neighbor). In high traffic grass areas becomes compacted. The aerator will draw wine cork-sized plugs out of the lawn surface giving roots the room to spread and allow for air, nutrients and moisture to penetrate the soil. Leave the cores where they lie a they will ad nutrients to the soil.
The soil cores should not be raked, as they contain bacteria and nutrients that will return to the soil.
½ the dosage of preemergent (now) and reapply in 3 weeks to increase the treatment duration. Try to get your immediate neighbors to do the same so you encompass a larger spread of weed control. If your neighbor does not apply preemergent, weeds can grow and move to your yard.
During late spring fix any patchy places and apply your seed. When seeding in the spring it is pertinent that you provide consistent watering to allow the seed to germinate
When you plant seed, the seeds must reman wet to germinate. Water twice a day for 7 to 10 days to allow the seed to germinate.
When watering, make sure one inch of water to 12 inches of soil is preferred ratio for watering actively growing grass. You most likely will have to seed again in the fall months.
Pro Tip on conserving water
Twice a year in season (Spring and again in July) apply a wetting agent, this makes water wetter. Wetting agents apply a non ionic surfactant (soap) which allows water to more evenly penetrate soil (think less run off). Golf course follow this process. Lawn Wetting Agent
With the spring upon us, it is very important to prepare your lawn for the warmer, sunnier months ahead. Having a nice, thick green lawn helps with excess rain, capturing the moisture so it does not end up in your house to produce mold.
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