How to Care for Your Summer Lawn
When people picture summer, there’s barely any space for special lawn care that this time of year requires. As you may have noticed as a homeowner, grass can be really finicky, and arid summer days can only make things worse. This is why special lawn care is a must during this period. To ensure that this is done correctly, you can work with a professional landscaper. This landscaping company should be knowledgeable and experienced enough to give you a good outcome.
Below are pointers for finding the right landscaper and maintaining your summer lawn in great condition:
Avoid excessive mowing.
When hiring this landscaping company you’re eyeing, ask them about their mowing practices. Very important here is that they don’t clip more than a third of the grass blade. Otherwise, the grass won’t grow enough and you’ll have tons of clippings that take too long to decay. The longer the grass grows, the deeper the root it can go down the soil to absorb water for nourishment. Choose a landscaper that will keep this in mind.
As well, mowing itself can hurt a lawn, what with the bulky weight of the lawnmower itself to the clippings that pile up. When choosing a landscaper, ask ask them if they vary the mowing pattern they use for every cut, if only to limit wear on the turf.
Blades must be sharp.
Sharp blades make for smooth cuts, while dull ones shred grass unevenly, creating entry points for disease. Thus, before you decide to hire this landscaping company on your list, make sure they use sharp blades and maintain good equipment quality overall. Ask them how they maintain blade sharpness. Based on manufacturer specifications, sharpening must be done after about10 hours of use.
Practice good timing.
It’s important to water your lawn regularly, but so is timing. The best time to do this is in the morning, preferably before 10. This way, the grass will not be moist too long. Avoid watering in the evening as this would leave the grass wet overnight, encouraging fungal growth. The idea is to water your lawn long enough to allow the water to seep at least six inches down the soil. This landscaping company you plan to hire should know all about these things and work with you regarding the schedule that you will follow.
Lastly, remember that balance is the secret to a maintaining a healthy lawn. Hence, even fertilizers must be applied carefully if you don’t want to “burn” the grass. This is one of the main reasons you should research the background of this landscaping company you want to hire. They must know just the right amount of fertilizer for the type of grass you have.