Lawn Maintenance vs. Lawn Care
Summer is here in Southern Ontario and with a pandemic still looming over our heads, lawn maintenance and gardening have become every property owner’s new obsession. Relaxing in the backyard or front porch has been everyone’s go to activity; therefore, lawn care in the Essex area is so important. You don’t need a green thumb to have a lawn that you are proud of or enlist expensive property maintenance services. Follow these simple lawn care tips to have a lawn that will have your neighbors asking YOU for advice!
There are 3 essential key components to lawn care; Mowing, watering and fertilizing.
Our experience with lawn care in Essex, we recommend mowing your grass high (2.5-3 inches). The height will promote growth, prevent weeds and discourage insects. It is important to mow based on your grass growth and not the day of the week. Timing is everything. Don’t remove more than one third of the blade length at a time or it will inhibit good growth above and below ground. It is important to know the best grass that is suited for your region. Just like flowers, turf grasses vary in their climate preferences.
Using the right turf tools makes a big difference in making mowing tasks time efficient based on your lawn’s size and your lawn care goals. Always mow with sharp blades instead of dull ones because they tear your grass.
Good watering practices make all the difference in your lawn. It may seem straight forward but watering your grass can be one of the most complicated steps in proper lawn care. Water your lawn deeply (but not too often) to promote growth of deep roots. Frequent watering encourages shallow roots that make it susceptible to drought or other stresses. Many people will tell you to just water when your grass is dry, but the key is to ensure that it never gets too thirsty or too wet. Watering in the early morning ensures that the moisture reaches the soil and roots of your grass before sunlight has peaked. Watering too late in the day allows water to evaporate before it even gets into your grass. Watering at night can cause over saturation and can risk fungus and disease growth.
Sunshine and water can only take your lawn so far. Your lawn needs the sufficient nutrients that are provided by fertilizer to really thrive. Any property maintenance service will tell you that Nitrogen is every lawn’s best friend. Every type of grass demands different amounts of it to display peak growth and performance. Testing soil pH levels often will help you figure out what your lawn needs. If the soil is too basic, using acidic fertilizers helps balance it out and vice versa. Fertilize your lawn when needed, which is usually twice a year. Fertilize cool climate grasses in the spring/summer and warm season grasses in the fall/winter.
Another concept you should consider is Aeration. Your lawn needs room to breathe. Aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, the process involves applying a blend of soil enhancing materials OR mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve soil aeration. Don’t aerate too often (once or twice a year) and the best seasons to do it are spring or fall. Before you aerate, inspect your lawn and see if there is a lot of overgrown thatch or hard/compact soil…if so, AERATE SOON!
Proper lawn care might seem like a full-time job. If your lawn is a passion project, it can feel very satisfying to grow and cultivate a great looking lawn. If not, there are plenty of professional property maintenance services that can assist you if you don’t have the time. Happy Landscaping!