9 Critical Grass Maintenance Tips For CT Homeowners

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Having a healthy lawn does more than look good, it can help protect the environment. A healthy lawn helps with water conservation as it helps purify the water, reduces runoff and prevents erosion. Follow these critical grass maintenance tips to keep your lawn healthy.

Sunlight

The ideal growing condition for most types of turf is full sunlight. Long, warm days provide sunlight needed for photosynthesis. Shorter, cooler days help with root development.

Shade

Shadier areas of your lawn require shade-loving grass or other types of ground cover because too much shade can compromise normal turf grass. Grass that doesn’t receive enough sunlight can have spindly, long stems and blades as it tries to grow toward sunlight.

Mowing

Mowing can stress grass as it removes leaves required for growth so it’s vital to mow correctly. Mowing the lawn with a blade set high enough to only remove 1/3 of the blade is ideal. Mowing with the blade too low can scalp the grass, weakening it and allowing weeds to grow.

Watering

The grass in your lawn is 75-80% water and relies on water to transport nutrients, food and organic compounds to the plant. Water also helps with seed germination, evaporation, wear tolerance and thatch decomposition. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning so the grass can dry during the day, which prevents disease. Water the lawn so it receives 1 inch of water a week and include any rainfall in that amount. Water your lawn deeply so the soil is moist to 4-6 inches deep.

Fertilizer

Fertilizing the grass helps keep it healthy as it provides essential nutrients. A healthy lawn has better growth, color, density and drought tolerance. Fertilizing the lawn to keep it healthy can reduce insects, disease, weeds, water runoff and erosion. Consult a professional lawn care experts to find the best type of fertilizer for your grass.

Aeration

Aerating your lawn provides benefits such as relieving compacted soil, managing thatch, stimulating root growth and improving penetration of water, nutrient and air into the soil. Spring and fall are ideal times to aerate. Professional lawn care experts have the right tools and techniques for proper aeration.

Seeding

Seeding grass can be done on new or existing lawns and provides multiple benefits. Grass loses density with time and seeding can help maintain grass density and thickness. Adding a new variety of grass through seeding can diversify the lawn genetics and improve resistance to insects, drought and disease.

Autumn leaves

Mowing leaves into your lawn instead of raking them in the autumn can improve its health. The nutrients and organic matter from mowed leaves benefit your grass by making it more vigorous while improving soil quality.

Clippings

Rather than bag grass clippings after mowing, leave them in the lawn to provide important nutrients to your lawn. Grass clippings contain the same potassium nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen as fertilizer.

To provide the best care for your lawn, enlist the help of experienced New Haven lawn care professionals.

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