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Protecting Your Plants

Expert Landscaping Tips & Tricks - Jeff's Premier Landscaping - flowersAt Jeff's Premier Landscaping, taking care of your plants is an ongoing priority. Whether protecting different varieties in winter or helping them blossom in summer, our management services focus on ensuring that your outdoor environment thrives year in and year out.

 

Lawn Care Basics

Caring for your lawn doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, if you understand the basics of proper lawn care, you're off to a good start. Here is some information and tips that may help you get started.

Watering

Grass can't grow without water and that's why giving your lawn the proper amount of water is crucial to its survival. Experts recommend 1 inch of water per week, either through rain or sprinklers. While there is no way to accurately measure the amount, checking your sprinkler's water pressure can give you some indication. If grass is turning a silvery-blue or brown, you'll know it isn't receiving an adequate amount of water.

A few other watering tips:

  • Water early in the day. Night watering can cause lawns to develop mildew and fungus.
  • Water deeply. A light sprinkling doesn't get deep into the soil, which is needed to promote strong roots.
  • Be aware of local watering restrictions. During times of drought, your county can limit the amount of days you are allowed to water. Make sure you thoroughly water when you are allowed.
  • Water more than once a week. Two to three days is ideal, providing 1/3 to a 1/2-inch per session.

Mowing

Like getting a haircut, you want to create the right grass length, or height, when mowing. There are different recommendations based on type of grass, so knowing grass type is important. For example, Zoysia grass should be kept from 3/4 inch to 2 inches, while Kentucky Bluegrass can range from 1.5 to 2.5 inches in height.

For a well-cared for lawn, follow these mowing tips as well:

  • Mow once a week. In the spring, lawns may be mowed twice when grass is growing at a rapid rate.
  • Cut 1/3 of length of the grass per mowing. Cutting further down can damage the grass and the mower blades.
  • Mow different directions every time. For example, mow horizontally one week, and vertically or diagonally the next. Mowing the lawn the same way week after week can cause grass to lean.
  • Keep mower blades sharp. Mowing with dull blades can cause lawn grass to become damaged.
  • Never mow a wet lawn. This can cause uneven patches, which invite fungus.

Fertilizer

Fertilizing your lawn is important; not only does it provide nutrients, but it ensures a healthy future. Between heat, bright sun, getting walked on and mowing, lawns take quite a beating. And lawns need to have certain levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in order to thrive.

Choose a fertilizer based on grass type. Buying a fertilizer without taking this into account is like purchasing prescription eyeglasses with any random prescription.

Choose the right type of spreader. Fertilizer spreaders vary depending on lawn size. Smaller lawns tend to use a drop spreader while larger lawns use a rotary spreader.

Fertilize 4 to 5 times a year. Early spring, late spring, late summer, early fall and late fall are ideal times. Space two months between fertilization times.

Weeding

Even well cared for lawns develop weeds from time to time. There are two types of weeds to be on the lookout for: broadleaf (which include dandelions and thistle) and grassy weeds (crabgrass and goosegrass). To get rid of weeds, follow these tips:

  • Use a broadcast herbicide. Scotts Turf Builder is one recommendation.
  • Pull weeds by hand. This is the organic approach to care if you don't want to use chemicals on your lawn.
  • Create a thick lawn. The denser the lawn, the less likely weeds are to invade. While this doesn't happen overnight, properly caring for your lawn over several years will go a long way.