Basic Lawn Care And Maintenance

Mowing basics

Mowing is the periodic cutting of turf grass to a specified height. Mowing stresses the grass and if not done properly, it can lead to tattered and brown on top which can reduce the appeal and risk the health of your turf. To reduce such stress, you need to adapt to the following practices:

  • Schedule your activity early in the morning, or in the evening. Avoid mowing during the heat of the day – this does not only rid you of toiling when the sun is too high and very hot, mowing during these times can cause the plant to go into shock
  • Do not mow when the grass is still wet. This will help avoid transfer of diseases from plant to plant and can make mowing a lot easier.
  • Cut off no more than the top third of the grass plant to encourage stronger roots.

Basics of lawn watering

Your plants and grass need to be watered properly to flourish. While rainfall provides most of the water needed for plants, in some drier areas, watering is a weekly obligation. You can avoid overwatering plants by:

  • Determine how much water your sprinklers apply. This will help you determine how long you need to water your lawn. Also, you need to make sure you are getting uniform water coverage across your lawn.
  • The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning or early evening.
  • Let the lawn completely dry out between watering intervals.

Fertilization basics

A properly fertilized law will produce a healthy, lush green grasses perfect for different activities. One of the most important ingredients for lawns is Nitrogen and different grasses require different amounts for peak growth. There are three main macronutrients are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

  • Nitrogen – promotes rapid growth and leaf development.
  • Phosphorous – deals with the early stages of root growth and hastens plant maturity.
  • Potassium – helps plants and grass improve resistance to drought and disease.