Imagine this, you’ve got a beautiful lawn, one worthy enough to gain both the admiration and envy of your neighbors. Spring has been more than just kind to your lawn, it’s been downright generous. There’s only one thing you want now, to keep the lawn looking as gorgeous as ever, through out the year. Think it might be impossible? Considering the intense summer heat, the freezing winter and the baking drought, you might think so. But there just might be a solution to all your problems.
If you don’t have a beautiful or at the least an average, well maintained lawn to begin with, you might want to look into that first. If you think that your lawn is overgrown with weeds and beyond repair, then there’s no harm is starting over again. If a little maintenance is all that is required, do so. Your lawn deserves the best. Remember to consider the climate of your region before implementing suggestions from other people. And also the type of grass you’re growing or planning to grow. Because different grasses grow in different ways under marginally different conditions and hence require different management techniques.
Be sure to get a soil test kit so you can see what you’re going to be working with for the rest of the year. This will definitely help you make the appropriate adjustments in fertilizer and feed needed to grow and maintain a healthy, lush lawn throughout the year.
Most grasses grow or essentially ‘thicken’ by sending out runners which then plant themselves in the soil and start to grow vertically. So they grow both sideways and upward. A good example of this type of grass would be the St.Augustine. You might think letting the grass grow wildly and then trimming it once a week or once a month would give you a thick and healthy lawn. But this is not the right way to go about doing things. Trimming the grass regularly about every 3-4 days during the initial stages can help it grow better and lusher. Keep in mind, the optimum length to which a grass can be trimmed which would help with its growth varies widely among the different species of grass. Trim off too much and you risk scalping the grass causing it to die, trim off too little and you’re back where you started.
The St.Augustine grass grows best when it’s trimmed down to about 4 inches periodically. The rye grass peaks growth at about 1.5 inches length.
During drought for instance, most grass beds and lawns go into what is essentially called a dormant mode, where the grass in not green but is also not dead. You might encounter an almost all dried out lawn with a few spots of green in between. You don’t necessarily have to start over. In such cases, watering the lawn should bring it back to life. As little as a 0.5 inch level of water about every week or so should do wonders to your lawn. Do not forget to fertilize the lawn, even if there’s no water.
If you live in a place where the summer heat is scorching to say the least, the lawn is subjected to going dormant too. Taking precautionary steps before the heat sets in is the best thing you could do for your lawn. Make sure that there is enough clay in your soil to retain the water. And take care not to trim the grass too short, keep it at around 3 inches or so, this will reduce the surface area of the grass exposed to the sun.
It’s a little bit tricky when it comes to keeping your lawn green during winter. The apt choice would be to choose the right kind of grass to grow. Some species of grass thrive in a cold environment. Begin the treatment as early as in autumn by fertilizing the lawn and not mowing it down too low.