So you’ve aerated, overseeded and fertilized your lawn. What’s left on the to-do list for the remainder of the year?
We’ve had our first snow in Indianapolis, and freezing temperatures are here. Now is the time to winterize your irrigation system and protect this substantial investment in your lawn. Continue reading
When you stop to think about it, your lawn is actually made up of millions of grass plants, each with its own root system. Continue reading
We’ve talked about how important fall lawn care – including fertilization — is to the health of your lawn. Did you know your landscaping plants could benefit from late fall fertilizing as well? Continue reading
Did you know your lawn needs to breathe?
Over the course of the year, your lawn may become compacted which can, in essence, smother your turf and inhibit its growth and health. Aerating in the fall can be a vital step in correcting this problem.
It’s the time of year when the leaves are turning and you may begin to wonder when you should mow your lawn for the last time this year. Continue reading
We usually don’t think about those yellow blooms until they erupt across the landscape in the spring. But thinking ahead will help control dandelions and other broadleaf weeds before they get a chance to grow next season.
The Labor Day holiday has come and gone and fall is quickly approaching. This is one of the most important times of year for lawn care as you prepare your turf for the winter. Continue reading
OK. So you’re settling in to the season and you realize that your trusty ol’ mower just isn’t keeping up like it used to. If you’re in the market for a new mower, the process can be nearly as challenging as buying a car. Brands, sizes and types abound. And just like buying a car, you should tailor your decision based on your needs. Continue reading
How can something so simple in concept be so confusing in practice? You’d think watering a lawn would be straightforward, right? You simply put water on the lawn. And while that is the general concept, most homeowners go to one of two extremes. They either water way too much or not nearly enough. So why the big difference?
Well, watering is one of those things that most people don’t think about. That is until their lawn is starting to show signs of stress. And then it’s a game of catch-up. And with droughts like we had the past two years, playing catch up is a difficult game.
Watering best practices.
First off, the best-kept secret of watering your lawn is to let mother nature do as much of the work as possible. So far this spring, we’re doing pretty good from a precipitation standpoint. May was a little under average and June is too, but April was way over average. That said, let the rain take care of as much of the watering as possible. If rain is in the forecast, turn off the sprinkler systems and wind up the hose. An average lawn needs one inch of water per week — and preferably in one or two doses. Hydrated grass blades will “spring” back after you step on them. Dehydrated grass will lay flat. A stressed lawn will begin to brown at a mostly even rate (with some exceptions).
So if rain isn’t in the forecast and you have to water yourself, you will be best served if you know how much water from your sprinkler amounts to one inch of rainfall. The best way to do this is to take a pie pan or tuna can or some sort of shallow bowl and place it in your yard while the sprinkler is running. Let it run until your collection pan has one inch of water in it. If it takes 3o minutes, great. If it takes 3 hours, fine. Now you know. So, if there is no rain in a given week, let the sprinkler run the full amount of time to deliver an inch of water. If we get some rain, but you’re not sure how much, add a little water through the sprinkler or irrigation system — maybe half. Grass is happiest and healthiest when it is thirsty, but not parched.
Deep and infrequent.
Again, the best way to water is in one or two sessions. Watering daily, for short sessions, isn’t best for grass. First off, short sessions create a lot of run off. Secondly, healthy grass has deep roots. The way you get deep roots is to force the grass to reach deep for water. The way you do that is to water infrequently, allowing the water to penetrate deeply, then forcing the grass to chase the water.
Also, avoid watering at night. The best time to water is early morning. This prevents fungal issues and other diseases caused by the water sitting on the grass all night.
As we head into the hotter months of the season, keep an eye on your lawn and the water it receives. If you follow these tips you’re lawn will thank you by staying lush and green all summer long.
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