Grass. Green and full. It’s what every property owner wants. Some people are just born with a green thumb or own property that has a very nice lawn. Others are not as lucky—even with hours of time and thousands of dollars in water and fertilizer, they still can't get the lush, green lawn they desire.
Every lawn is different. Different neighborhoods can have different types of grasses: some that start growing early, some that need more water, and some that do very well in heat. It's important to know what type of grass you have to begin with in order to properly treat and maintain it. In Omaha and the surrounding areas, tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are the most common, but if you don't know what type of grass is growing on your lawn, take a sample to your local nursery for clarification.
Here are some simple lawn care tips to help keep your grass growing green this year:
Don't cut it too short. One of the biggest mistakes we see each summer is grass being cut too short. We understand the appeal of getting the low to the ground, golf course appeal with a property. But shorter grass also provides less shade for the soil, causing it to dry out faster and either cause the grass to turn brown or require more water.
Longer grass promotes deeper roots and growth to cover bare spots. We recommend cutting your grass between 3.25” and 3.75”. For most residential mowers, this works out to cutting the grass at one level BELOW the highest level. (On a Toro, for example, would be setting 4 out of 5. Husqvarna would be about 7 out of 10)
Sharpen your mower blades. About twice per year, or once every 15 mows, you should have your lawn mower blades sharpened. A dull blade will leave a shredded piece of grass instead of cutting the grass cleanly, which can cause browning even on the best watered and fertilized lawns.
Try to leave thatch behind. I know how much some of you love to bag your lawn, week in and week out. And I applaud you for your efforts. A bagged lawn is usually a little cleaner looking than one that's not. But do keep in mind that, when bagging your clippings, you're removing valuable thatch from your lawn. Thatch can be very helpful in protecting the roots of your grass from extreme heat, as well as against drought. A good layer of about half an inch in considered healthy. If you prefer to bag your lawn, we’d recommend mulching once every three weeks or every other year.
Happy mowing and best of luck!
Tyler's Pool and Home Care provides professional lawn care, pool care, and snow removal services for Omaha-area homes and businesses. Contact us today at 402-590-6860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.