Let’s face it, lawn care can be straight up intimidating. It’s easy to overlook essential steps when it comes to keeping your grass green no matter where your intentions lie. But at Alternative Environments, we’re about to give away some industry secrets that’ll turn your yard into the envy of your Northwest Georgia neighbors.
Lawn Mowing Tips and Tricks from the Pros
It’s important to remember that your yard is one huge living organism. And just like any living thing, your yard is going to react to how it is treated. Here’s how to keep it green and happy.
- Don’t cut too short! This is really the most important step in having and keeping a healthy lawn. We know it’s tempting to to give your lawn a nice tight buzz, but resist the urge! You should never take more than 1/3 off at a time. If you’re not sure what that means in terms of setting your mower, just play it safe and keep your blade at the highest cutting level.
- Don’t mow during peak heat. Mowing at high noon is not fun for you or your grass. Everyone will be happier if you jump on the mower closer to dusk or dawn.
- Keep your blades sharp! Dull blades will rip your grass rather than cut it. This leaves ragged cuts that become more susceptible to disease and exposure from harsh weather.
- Leave your clippings where they fall. Grass clippings will decompose back into your yard, adding nutrients and helping to nourish the grass you just cut.
There are quite a few more tips out there to keep your lawn looking great, but these four things are at the top of the list as far as we’re concerned. Take our words to heart and try these techniques out. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make for your yard’s health and appearance. And don’t forget to contact us any time for more great tips on keeping your landscaping green and vibrant throughout the Kennesaw, Georgia area!
Spring is right around the corner! Here’s a tip to get your lawn off to a great start – Schedule your Core Aeration!
Core aeration is one of the best ways to ensure your lawn has a healthy growing season. Benefits of core aeration include:
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Enhanced soil water uptake
- Improved fertilizer uptake and use
- Reduced water runoff and puddling
- Stronger turfgrass roots
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improved resiliency and cushioning
- Enhanced thatch breakdown
- Soil decompaction that promotes root growth and strength
Core aeration is also an excellent way to mitigate soil compaction. Core aeration reduces compaction and allows water and oxygen to get to the roots. Core aeration can also stimulate root growth in sod lawns that need to connect to the soil. Thatch, a mat of above-ground roots that prevents air and water from getting to the soil, will also be broken up with core aeration.
For many years, professional golf course greenskeepers have known that the secret of a beautiful course is to aerate two or three times each year, allowing the healthy grassroots to thrive. Now your lawn, too, can enjoy the benefits of professional aeration.
Now don’t confuse spike aeration with core aeration. Core aerators actually removed plugs from your lawn providing all the benefits. While spikes simply puncture and cause more compaction. And, the best results come from expensive commercial equipment.
Warm-season lawns should be aerated in mid-spring to summer. The team at Alternative Environment is currently taking reservations for Core Aeration. If you book early, in addition to guaranteed a spot, you also receive $25 off this service.
With Winter here, there are some unique challenges regarding caring for your yard and outdoor plants. Thankfully, Alternative Environments is here to help with your winter lawn maintenance!
Here are some easy winter weather lawn care tips to help care for your Villa Rica lawn:
- Make sure to mow to the correct height! You may be tempted to mow low so that you don’t have to cut your grass as often, but it’s important to set your mower height to over 1.5 inches during the winter. This length will help keep your grass insulted during the colder months.
- Always avoid foot traffic when your grass is dormant or frosted. Dormant or frosted grass is much easier to weaken or damage. If you don’t have a clearly marked pathway to your front door for holiday guests, give us a call to discuss options for walkways and hardscaping. Your lawn will thank you!
- Choose the right plants. It’s important to know which plants need to be covered or brought inside when the outside temperature reaches freezing. If you don’t want to have to cover your flowers or bring them inside, make sure to choose flowers that can withstand winter weather.
Of course, the easiest way to care for your lawn this winter is by hiring Alternative Environments to do it for you! We offer top-notch lawn care services to keep your residential or commercial lawn healthy all year long. We are currently servicing, Acworth, Bremen, Carrollton, Dallas, Douglasville, Lithia Springs, Hiram, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Temple, and Villa Rica, GA. Contact us today for a free estimate.
What you need to know about Heat and Drought Stress:
- Normally occurs with seasonal high temperatures and lack of rain.
- Blades become dried out and turn “ off color”
- In extreme cases, lawn will turn brown and mimic dormancy stage. Also, grass will remain matted if walked on and “crunch” under your feet. You will see tracks from lawn mowers or anything driven over the sod.
- It can take up to 1-2 weeks to recover, once adequate rainfall or watering occurs.
- During drought conditions or if inadequate rainfall occurs, in order to prevent heat/drought stress, supplemental watering needs to be done before yard gets into extreme drought condition. Once this occurs, it is almost impossible to have the sod recover with routine irrigation.
- Rule of thumb is to water your sod infrequently but DEEPLY! When watering you need to water each area/zone at least ½” or more (35 min-45min in each location/zone). This keeps the root system deep and the lawn properly hydrated.
- If you water a little bit everyday, you are encouraging the roots to stay “shallow” and Increases the change of heat/drought stress damage., especially in high heat and drought conditions.
More information about proper watering can be found at this UGA Extension article Watering Lawns.