Keeping your lawn green during the hot and dry months we experience here in the Midwest can prove difficult for many. Here are a few simple tricks that may help you accomplish it this summer.
Adding a fertilizer to your lawn may be the most important factor in achieving a green lawn. Fertilizing your lawn is simply applying a substance to your lawn that replenishes all the nutrients its void of. You could compare it to us taking a daily multivitamin to make up for all the things we aren’t getting in our daily diets.
Fertilizer is composed of many nutrients but there are three very important ones; nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. You will find your fertilizer to have the highest content of nitrogen. Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for creating chlorophyll (the stuff that makes the grass appear green) and the synthesizing of proteins. Phosphorus is the nutrient responsible for all internal processes going on in the plant which in turn promotes root and blade growth on the grass. Potassium is the nutrient responsible for photosynthesis (the process in which plants use sunlight to create their own food).
Fertilizing your lawn should be done only once or twice a year. The optimum time to do this would be early spring and late summer or early fall. Over fertilizing your lawn will create rapid growth and may eventually kill your grass.
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You may be thinking to get a green lawn, you will have to water every day. This is NOT true. The experts actually recommend one or two deep soaks just once a week for the healthiest lawns. This one deep soaking promotes deep root growth which also equals hearty and healthy grass. If you were to water lightly and more frequently this would promote weak root systems close to the surface, leaving you with weak and not so healthy grass.
Watering your lawn early in the morning is also important to healthy green grass. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, watering in the morning gives your lawn time to absorb the water throughout the day.
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Have you ever seen people that have to stop in the middle of their mow to empty the bags that grab all the grass while they are mowing? Seems like a lot of extra work to me. The grass clippings are actually beneficial to your yard! When you leave the grass clippings on the lawn, they will decompose quickly. Once decomposed, the soil underneath them will reuse the nutrients and make your existing lawn healthier. I think it’s a win-win situation!
Grass clippings aren’t the only thing that is beneficial to your yard. When the trees start losing their leaves in the fall, leave those clippings in the yard as well!
Taking Care of Your Mower
Probably the most expensive piece of lawn equipment in your garage or shed gets neglected the most. Taking care of your mower is going to be good for your wallet and your lawn! Doing simple things to your mower like changing the oil, switching out old gasoline for new and adding new spark plugs will make your mower run like new. Cleaning out the left over debris from underneath the mower and balancing are sharpening the blades allow for your machine to run more efficiently and provide a much cleaner cut to the grass.
So go on and get out there and make your yard the greenest it’s ever been!
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