3 Yard Maintenance Tips That Will Keep Your Lawn Green All Summer
Wondering how to make sure your lawn makes it through the summer heat? If you want your lawn to look good through the whole season, you will need to make sure that you are giving it the appropriate nutrition to grow. Here are 3 important yard maintenance tips to keep your lawn green all summer:
1. Test Your Soil
According to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, testing your soil is an important first step in lawn care because without knowing the kind of soil you have, you can’t know whether you are doing the appropriate maintenance. To test your soil:
- Take 10-20 thin slices of soil from 3-5 inches deep in various places in your lawn.
- Mix the soil together in a pail.
- Submit about 1 cup of soil to the experiment station for testing.
The test will let you know your soil texture and organic content, acidity and levels of nutrients. The test will help you know how much to fertilize, lime and water.
The soil test will help you know whether or not you need liming. Turf grasses grow best if they have a slightly acidic pH of about 5.5 to 6.5. Because most Connecticut soils are too acidic for good grass growth, liming with either ground dolomitic limestone or pelleted limestone is usually needed. Liming is done in either spring or fall but you need to be careful to leave more than 2 weeks between liming and fertilizing so there is not a reaction between the two which might make the fertilizer less effective.
Grasses use sun and water for most of their growth, so the most important thing to do is to get your grass to grow well is to water deeply (1- 1.5 inches a week) and mow lightly to allow grass to have enough blade surface to absorb sunlight (at least 2-3 inches). The fertilizer that you apply should have the remaining chemicals that the grass needs to grow: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Generally, grasses need these in a ratio of 3 nitrogen, 1 phosphorus, 2 potassium.
Apply the fertilizer recommended according to your soil type at least once a year, but for a really lush lawn four yearly applications are recommended:
- early spring
- late spring
- early summer
- late summer
Along with these four applications of fertilizer, if you want a very thick and beautiful lawn, you will need to make sure you are watering adequately and dethatching and aerating as needed to make sure that water penetrates.
Help For the Best Green Lawn
Maybe the process of keeping your lawn green sounds like too much work. You might want to consider getting help from professional landscaping services who know all the ins and outs of lawn care in the New Haven County Region. Letting experts take care of your lawn means you have more time to enjoy it!