The condition of the lawn growing in your front yard can make or break the appearance of your home and its landscaping. An unkempt, weed-filled, and patchy front lawn makes your home look uncared for and messy. Keeping your lawn looking good and well-manicured requires you to take care of its mowing on an appropriate schedule and provide a good watering schedule. Here are few lawn maintenance tips to help you.
Mowing For Healthy Length
As you fertilize and water your lawn it will grow to a healthy length each week. It is important to keep your lawn's blades trimmed so sunlight and water can reach its roots, but you don't want to cut the blades too short. If your lawn looks brown after mowing, you have cut too much length from the blades. Position your mower blades on a mid to high blade setting to trim your lawn each week.
The time of day you mow your lawn can also affect the health of your lawn. It is not recommended to mow your lawn during the morning or afternoon. During the morning, your grass can be wet from dew, which can cause the blades to rip up the lawn. Then, during the afternoon when the temperature can be higher, which can further stress your lawn while you mow it. The early evening is the best time to cut your lawn because the lawn will be more cool and dry to cause less stress to it during the mowing. Your lawn will have the entire night for it to rest and heal from the mowing.
Watering For Proper Moisture
Watering your lawn the right amount can affect the look of your lawn. Too little watering can cause your lawn to dry out, and too much watering can turn your lawn into a swampy mess and lead to lawn fungus growth. Most lawns need approximately one inch of water each week, unless the weather becomes more hot and dry, then you can increase your watering slightly to compensate for the increase in temperature.
It is better to water your lawn in less frequent and longer watering sessions to provide the one inch of water each week, which helps your lawn roots grow more deeply. For example, instead of watering your lawn every other day, water it, for example, twice a week to provide the inch of water it requires.
Measure the time it takes your lawn's sprinklers to deliver an inch of water to determine how long you need to leave the sprinklers on for each bi-weekly watering. Place an empty tuna can on your lawn while you run the sprinklers and periodically measure the water that collects inside. Check the time passed when the water reaches a depth of one-half inch. This time will be how long you will need to water your lawn twice per week.
These tips can help you keep your lawn healthy and green.