- 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.
Lawn Mowing Tips and Tricks from the ProsIt’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.
Why Are Aeration and Overseeding Important?
- Aeration is so much more than just “poking holes” in your lawn! It removes cores or plugs of soil, thatch, and grass, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots more efficiently, and in turn, encouraging growth.
- Overseeding is a solution for damaged or thin lawns, adding seed to areas that have fallen victim to summer heat, pests, or disease. Seeding over areas of established grass helps to fill in the gaps and create a thicker, more robust lawn that is better able to fend off these hazards.
Why Combine Aeration and Overseeding?Aeration and overseeding are often combined because aeration creates an ideal environment for the new seeds. The holes and cores left behind by aeration ensure that seeds come into contact with soil, rather than getting caught in the thatch layer. When more seeds reach the soil, more of them germinate, and more grass fills in the sparse areas, leaving you with a lawn that is not only thick and attractive, but tougher in the face of lawn hazards like drought, disease, and insects. Combining aeration and overseeding will give you a healthier, hardier fescue lawn with that “make-the-neighbors-jealous” look, but the time to book is now! If you’d like to learn more about overseeding, aeration, or any other landscape and lawn care services, contact us!
Mow Your Lawn Correctly
It’s tempting to mow your lawn as short as possible so you don’t have to do this chore weekly. However, grass that has been cut too short is at the mercy of the elements. The scorching heat may brown your green grass and burn any existing water. When you mow, make sure to put the blades to the highest length.
Distribute Your Grass Clippings
Many lawn mowers spit the grass clippings onto the lawn that was just cut. Instead of bagging these clippings, re-distribute them evenly across the lawn. These clippings not only provide shade for your freshly-cut lawn, but they also add nutrients to the soil below.
Water Your Lawn
Grass thrives when it has enough water. If you’re not watering your lawn already, make sure to start. It needs roughly one inch of water on a weekly basis to grow properly. When you water your grass, do so in the early morning hours before the scorching sun is high in the sky.
Remove Weeds Quickly
Weeds and thatch are soil’s worst enemy. When weeds take root, they infiltrate the soil and choke out good plants and wanted grass. When you remove weeds before they spread, you are enabling your grass to have the room it needs to grow and thrive.
If you’re searching for lawn, tree, and shrub care, Alternative Environments is the company for you. We can help make your existing lawn into a thriving, healthy lawn that you’ll never want to leave. Contact us today with your questions.