Best 10 Steps to Get Healthy LawnBest 10 Steps to Get Healthy Lawn
1. Choose climate appropriate grass seed. Fall over-seeding will encourage new growth, which will help to develop a thick lawn that will crowd out weeds.
2. Mow your lawn higher. Lawns should be mowed not less than 2.5 inches. Mowing shorter than this only allows more sunlight to reach areas where weed seeds are attempting to germinate. Mowing higher will discourage weeds from getting started. Never cut more than one-third of the grass plant at any time.
3. Mulching your lawn clippings will return nutrients to your soil, reducing your need for fertilizer by 30%. It’s like getting one free fertilizer application each year while reducing the amount of material ending up in our landfill sites.
4. Once a year, apply a top layer of natural organic matter such as compost (top-dress). This will enrich the soil and thereby feed your lawn. Adding a bag of grass seed and watering for the next week will maximize the results of your top-dressing.
5. Fertilize 4 times per season, early Spring, late Spring, Summer, and Fall. Excellent results can be achieved with a 100% organic, alfalfa based fertilizer in combination with corn gluten fertilizer to maximize results and provide all the nutrients required to thicken and nourish naturally for a thicker, healthier lawn. More resistant to disease, drought, weeds, and harmful insects… What is the secret behind corn gluten?
6. Aerating your lawn once per year will allow it to breathe. Core aeration will remove small plugs of earth and allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate to the root zone.
7. Proper watering is a must! You must be prepared and capable of watering the lawn from early June to the end of August. At the 1st signs of hotter and dryer conditions, provide the turf with the water it needs to remain green and healthy, sometimes 1 watering per week, sometimes 2 or 3 during very hot dry conditions. Water each area for a minimum of 1 hr. Do not allow the turf to go dormant. Letting the turf go dormant is like sending an invitation to weeds and insects. A little extra time and care now will go a long way at the end of the summer, when other lawns are recovering, yours will be flourishing. Need to take the inconvenience out of watering?
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8. Practice insect prevention rather than a response to an infestation. Use beneficial nematodes to control grubs! They are more than twice as effective as the strongest chemical available at the garden center. They are completely safe for people, pets, worms, birds, etc. They only affect soil-dwelling larvae such as the white grub. When applied in the Spring and then again in the Fall they are an effective means of inoculating your turf and preventing an infestation of white grubs. Nematodes are available to retail, wholesale or installed on your property.
9. Develop a tolerance for a few weeks. Most lawn weeds are easily pulled out by hand. Boiling water can be used to eliminate weeds in walks and patios. Larger infestations of tap root weeds can be controlled without toxic chemicals by using the “Weed Hound”.
10. “GO ORGANIC”! Use quality natural fertilizers, garden predators and natural enemies. fNow is the time to return your yard into a natural ecosystem where your family and friends, as well as pets, and that ladybug you see every once in a while can survive. When pesticides and chemical fertilizers are sprayed, the good insects are wiped out along with the bad, upsetting your ecosystem and making your yard dependent on future chemical applications to keep it healthy. Meanwhile actually depleting the soil and making your little ecosystem a little sicker.
Other 3 Basic Nutrient Elements For A Healthy Lawn and Garden
Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium are three primary nutrients for a healthy lawn. Each one of these basic nutrient elements plays a major role in promoting a healthy turf.
Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil, making it subject to leaching out of the soil faster than any other nutrient. As a result, nitrogen is the nutrient most likely to be deficient in lawns. Nitrogen promotes rapid growth, encourages a dense lawn and produces a dark green color. Too much nitrogen tends to reduce the lawn’s tolerance to extremely high temperatures and diseases. Just take care and simply do not apply fertilizer just for color.
Applying excessive nitrogen can burn the foliage during warm and dry conditions. Lawns deficient in nitrogen appear yellow-to-light green and grow slowly.
Phosphorus is important for establishing and maintaining a healthy lawn. It is especially needed by young lawn grasses for the development of a strong root system. The amount of phosphorus can be determined by a soil test. If the soil test reads low, more phosphorus will be needed than if the soil test reads medium or high. Once the lawn is established, only a small amount should be required. Lawns deficient in phosphorus may have a red-purple color.
Potassium is used by the lawn almost like nitrogen. Potassium increases resistance to diseases and improves the hardiness of lawns to temperature and moisture stresses. If adequate amounts of potassium are applied when the lawn is established, only a small amount should be required for maintenance. If grass clippings are removed, nutrients will be depleted from the soil faster than if clippings are mulched and allowed to remain on the lawn. Lawns deficient in potassium may show browning of the tips.