When spring and summer come around, homeowners rush to prepare their lawns with this season’s newest flower and plant trends. They fill their gardens and flower beds with bright colors and lush greens. While this can make for a beautiful lawn, any homeowner knows the most important thing to take care of is the grass. A beautiful flower bed surrounded by dead dry grass is the last thing anyone wants. Here are the five steps to get that fresh green lawn you’ve always dreamed of.
Step 1: Mowing Tips
There are two types of grass, cool-season grass and warm-season grass. In NWA, our grass is most likely warm-season grass such as Bermuda, Bahia, Centipede, Saint Augustine, or Zoysia. Different grass types require cutting at different lengths, but it is important to never cut off more than the top 1/3 of the blade.
Step 2: Aerate Your Lawn
Aeration promotes healthy grass growth and oxygen flow. If you have never aerated your lawn or if you find that your lawn undergoes heavy foot traffic, now is the time. Aeration includes poking holes throughout the soil or even removing plugs of soil. Homeowners can purchase rolling lawn aerators and aerator shoes to help with this problem.
Step 3: Fertilize
Fertilizing your lawn gives your grass the necessary soil nutrients to grow into a lush green lawn. After cutting the grass, use the appropriate fertilizer for your grass type and spread the proper amount evenly. Once finished, water the lawn immediately and then daily for the following week.
Step 4: Seed Bare Spots
Even cared for lawns can develop unsightly bare spots and brown patches. To properly seed bare spots, make sure to plant the seeds after giving the lawn a fresh cut, aeration, and fertilization. Once the seeds have been spread over the trouble area, they require a lot of water. Water this area at least once a day. Continue frequently watering the bare spot until you see grass growth.
Step 5: Water Your Lawn
No matter how well you prep and take care of your grass, it will not grow without the proper amount of water. Optimal absorption occurs in the early morning hours. When you wake up, turn on the sprinklers while you wait for your morning coffee.
With these five tips, your lawn will look better than ever. Don’t wait to start preparing your lawn for summer. Whatever your lawn care needs are, remember to call the prompt and courteous professionals at Nichol’s Reliable Lawn Care & More at 479-502-2192.