Healthy Lawn Tips and Recommendations for Seasonal Maintenance

Posted on: 24 September 2020

Your yard lawn provides you a cool surface from the summer heat, makes your yard gorgeous, and can also provide the perfect place for your family and pets to play. But to get a healthy and great-looking lawn, you need to understand some basic management and care tips, to help it grow to its healthiest. Here are some tips and recommendations for you to keep your lawn healthy and growing well, so it looks great as part of your yard's landscaping. 

Supply Your Lawn With Nutrients

Besides water provided through irrigation and rainfall, your lawn is also going to need sufficient food to keep up with its growth, and to protect it from outside threats. In the early spring, plan to treat your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer that will help its growth at an even rate through to the summer. In the late spring, apply a weed and feed mixture to boost your lawn's thickness, and also protect it against crowding out from weeds that can grow in thickly at this time of year. 

Throughout the summer, plan to periodically leave your lawn clippings on the lawn. These will add important nutrients back into your lawn as a natural fertilizer.

Manage Your Mower Blade

Another important way to keep your lawn healthy is through the way you keep it trimmed and mowed. Trimming the edges of your lawn and mowing its height will maintain your lawn plants individually, to give your lawn the best overall look and health. Be sure your mower blade is sharp, so it does not shred the lawn leaves, which will leave your lawn looking brown on the surface. 

Mowing your lawn too short can damage the roots, and cause stress and disease in the lawn blades. For this reason, you need to maintain your mower blade height through the growing season. In the spring, when your lawn is just beginning to thicken out from being dormant over winter, you can trim your lawn back to a shorter height of approximately 1 1/2 inches tall. This will let the crowns of your grass receive the sunlight they need to promote growth, and it will remove any dead growth. 

When the season warms up, you should raise your mower blade to 2 inches tall, so your lawn will grow longer and shade its roots better. This will also keep your soil moist longer, and reduce your watering needs. At the end of the season, when the weather cools off and you are mowing for the last time for the season, you should lower the mower blade back to its lower setting. By removing more of the lawn height, you will prevent your lawn from flattening over in the winter, while promoting mold and fungus growth.

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