Looking for green lawn envy from your neighbors? A lush yard is often on every homeowner’s mind, but achieving that is another thing entirely.
Here’s a quick guide to get you started on the lawn of your dreams!
1. Know when to do what
First things first, you need to know when the best time of the year is for each lawn care task! For example- you don’t want to aerate your yard in the dead of summer. We recommend aeration in spring or fall! This calendar is a handy tool to know when to mow, lay seed, and everything in between.
2. Mow like a pro
You never want to cut more than 1/3 of the grass height at once. You may be tempted to cut it short every time, however longer grass allows the soil to remain cooler, trapping in moisture. This makes the roots stronger and the grass greener. Cutting too much grass at once can cause it to burn and turn brown. Also, never cut wet grass, as it can lead to diseases.
Make sure to also use a sharp blade. You should check your blades at least once a year and sharpen or replace as needed.
3. Get your yard aerated
Soil becomes compacted overtime, leading to poor water retention and shallow roots. To allow for nutrients, air, and water to get to your grass, the roots need some space! Aeration should be done at least once a year, and Nebraska Yard Care can do it for you!
4. Be sure to dethatch
Dethatching is the process of removing old grass, dead moss and debris that can build up in your yard over time. Dethatching, sometimes known as scarifying, should be done in the spring and fall. This keeps the yard looking clean and green.
5. Don’t forget to water
Too much or too little water can harm your yard. We recommend 1 inch of water for sandy soil and ½ inch for clay soil. You can measure by leaving a bucket in the yard when you’re watering. We also recommend watering in the morning. Watering at night can cause mold or other diseases and watering in the middle of the day can burn the grass.
If you are looking for lawn care services, such as seeding, aeration and dethatching, Nebraska Yard Care can help. We can evaluate your lawn and tell you which, if any, of these services you may need.