DIY Lawn Care: Are you feeling lucky?

by | Mar 16, 2021 | Lawn Care | 0 comments

With St. Patrick’s Day this week, many people are hoping for some extra luck. When it comes to lawn care and lawn maintenance, you don’t need luck with the right combination of strategies. Recovering from the harsh Ohio winter can be tricky, but your lawn can thrive this spring season! In order for your lawn to live its best life, follow these tips!

What length do I cut my grass?

A properly maintained lawn is important. It adds curb appeal to your property and actually increases its value. Consistent mowing keeps your grass healthy and even deters pests. Cutting your grass too short can weaken the blades and leave them more susceptible to pests and disease.

Consistent mowing is recommended for optimal grass health. For some reason, people tend to think that mowing their lawn shorter will allow them to cut their grass less, ultimately saving time. This could not be more false. It can actually cause damage! In general, the “one-third rule” is recommended. The rule is as follows: Never cut more than ⅓ the total length of your grass blades off at one time. For example, if your lawn was three inches tall, your grass height must be at least 2 inches when you are done cutting. This will prevent damage and disease this season.

How often do I water my lawn?

You must give your lawn the proper amount of hydration. If you underwater or overwater your grass, a lot of damage can occur. Without enough water, your grass cannot grow properly. Too much water can cause your grass to suffocate or become diseased. In general, most lawns require 1-1.5 inches of water per week. So you must take local rainfall into account when deciding how often to water. It is best to water your lawn in the morning so that it has time to absorb the water before the later hours of the day.

Why is weed control important?

If you see shamrocks popping up on your property this season, you may think that you are extra lucky. In fact, the opposite is true! Shamrocks might be a sign of good luck, but they are also weeds! Their appearance on your property is not very lucky at all.

Weeds are a problem because they threaten the health of your lawn and desired plant life. Weeds spread easily, so once they arrive, they quickly become a problem due to their rapid spread. What they actually do is steal sunlight, air, nutrients, and water from your grass and plants. This ultimately causes your lawn and landscape to suffer. Your best line of defense is lawn applications. Preemergent applications can prevent weeds from beginning to grow on your property. Once they are already there, the damage is done! Post-emergent applications are recommended at this point. Before spraying post-emergents, you should pull out as many weeds as you possibly can.

How does soil become compacted?

If you have compacted soil, you may be feeling quite unlucky. When the soil particles become stuck together, blocking nutrients from accessing your grassroots, your soil is compacted. This can lead to the death of your lawn and landscape. Soil compaction occurs from foot traffic on your lawn. If you have children playing, guests at outdoor events, or pets spending a lot of time outdoors, this excess foot traffic can quickly cause soil compaction. It can also occur from parking vehicles on your grass.

What are the signs of soil compaction?

If your soil is compacted, you may notice:

  • Puddles of water
  • Bare spots in your lawn
  • Thinner patches of grass
  • Dry, hard soil that is difficult to penetrate with a shovel
  • Cracks in your soil
  • Shallow roots at the base of your trees
  • Unhealthy grass or plants

How do I fix soil compaction?

Aeration and overseeding can repair your lawn from soil compaction. When you aerate your lawn, you remove plugs of soil. This allows the soil air, water, and necessary nutrients to penetrate the soil and repair the damage caused. Once this process is complete, overseeding can happen. The new seeds will have access to much healthier soil conditions for optimal growth.

If you are renting an aerator and attempting this process yourself, remember to mow your lawn and water your soil before beginning.

Why should I apply fertilizer?

Fertilizer can help your lawn thrive! When applied to your lawn, it breaks down, and your plants’ roots absorb the nutrients. Once nutrients are restored to your soil, your grass will grow healthier and stronger. As the grass grows thicker, it will actually protect the soil further from run-off. After applying fertilizer, your grass will be more resistant to pests. The same is true for lawn disease! Finally, thicker, healthier grass is much less likely to be damaged by weeds.

What are tips for applying fertilizer?

This process is recommended a few times a year for optimal results.
Water your lawn beforehand and make sure your soil is properly hydrated before beginning this process.
Make sure you cover the edges and not just the middle!
If heavy rain is coming, wait and apply fertilizer after the fact, or your efforts may be wasted.

Why hire a professional?

Following the tips above can give you a lucky lawn! But lawn maintenance and lawn care are time-consuming! If you want optimal results, In fact, the average American spends 150-200 hours a year on lawn care! If you do not have the extra time in your schedule, hiring a professional is a convenient way to get the best results.

If you are not used to maintaining your own lawn, it is easy to make a mistake. Once you cause damage, more time and money must be spent correcting the errors. This can be frustrating!

The Greenscapes team is proud to serve the business owners and residents of Lewis Center, Powell, Galena, and Delaware, OH. We are a licensed, insured, and reliable team with quality outdoor solutions! We are more than just mowing!

Call (614) 924-7957 for your FREE estimate!