5 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lawn

The benefits of a healthy lawn go beyond astetics. Mainting a healthy lawn releases levels of oxygen and captures tons of dirt which keeps your family healthy. Growth of healthy grass also produces a cooling effect for your home.

 

1. Cutting Height of the Lawn

For cool -climate grasses your first cut should be around 2 inches. this allows for the dead grass to be removed as well as sunlight exposure to the root system.

Cutting height after your first cut should be maintained at 3 inches or higher. When grass is cut at the proper heights it will reduce the risk to sun exposure to the soil, and the ground cracking from being dry. When soils are dry and cracked this will promote weed growth as well as break the crab grass barrier.

In cutting your lawn always apply the 1/3 rule. Never cut more than 1/3 of the height of your grass. This will prevent tearing of your grass.

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Proper Height

 

2. Cut Your Lawn with a Sharp Blade

A well-maintained (sharp and balanced) blade cuts grass cleanly and evenly.

Sharply cut leaf blades increase turf health by improving recovery, decreasing water loss, and increasing photosynthesis.  Lawns mown with a dull mower blade have poor aesthetics, heal more slowly and have greater water loss. Sharpen mower blades at least twice a year or more often for larger lawns. For commercial uses, mower blades should be sharpened at least every 40 hours.

 

3. Watering

Deep watering helps develop deep roots that tap into subsurface water supplies . Light sprinklings wet only the grass and surface of the soil; this encourages shallow root growth and increases the need for more frequent watering as well as promoting weed growth.

Properly watered lawns receive an initial soaking 4 to 5 in. deep, and are then watered when the top 1 to 2 in. of soil dries out, develop deep, healthy grass roots. This usually means applying 1 to 2 in. of water per week at three- or four-day intervals. An impact sprinkler delivers water quickly, with less “hang time” for evaporation; a 3/4-in. hose delivers much more water volume than its 1/2-in. cousin.

Improperly watered lawns receive short daily waterings that promote shallow root growth. Oscillating sprinklers toss water in a high arc, so more evaporates before reaching the soil. Watering late in the evening when your lawn doesn’t have time to dry out allows disease-carrying fungi and mold to grow.

The above also depends on weather patterns and need to be adjusted. High heat and no water will naturally increase the need for more watering.

 

 

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4. Fertilizing and Weed Control

Your Family Tree Technician will apply the proper nutrients and weed controls on your lawn.

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5. Aerate Your Lawn to Help it "Breathe"

Grass roots need oxygen as well as water and nutrients. Aerating—the process of removing small plugs of soil produces multiple benefits. It improves air-to-soil interaction. It allows water and fertilizer to penetrate the soil deeper and easier. It reduces soil compaction and opens space for roots to grow. It removes some thatch and stimulates the breakdown of the remaining thatch.

This process is done in the fall season.

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