Over the last two weeks, Mower Source took a look at some of the most common lawn pests you can encounter in your beautifully-kept yard. And now, in the last part of this three-part series, we’ll cover the last bastion of invaders you might encounter in your grass. Pull on your gardening gloves and whip out that can of bug-be-gone — we’re going to get rid of the last of them.
It’s that time of year everyone doesn’t quite look forward to: school’s back in session and you have to watch out for kiddies on the roads, and the weather is changing for the chillier. While the days are still quite warm, the mercury during the night drops down quite a bit and now you’re reaching for a heavy sweater or jacket in the mornings and evenings. Yes, fall is definitely on its way. And with the next season brings a new way of tending to your grass and garden, so zip up your hoodie, grab a mug of hot tea, and keep reading.
Don’t Change Much about Mowing the Grass
Keep up your regular mowing schedule and how you water the lawn, too, right through the fall. We’re not at the frost cutoff just yet, so your grass still needs regular trimming to keep it healthy and looking good. But what you do want to do is change the blade height a little. Just tweak the height a little bit as the weather gets colder so more sun can reach the grass blades. Depending on where you live, this may not have to happen just yet, so keep watching the weather channel for when you do have to.
Aerate Your Lawn
This is something you should be doing right now so your grass gets the best fighting chance for winter dormancy as possible. You want to make sure oxygen, fertilizer and water can reach into the deep spots under the earth line, and aerating does that. The job doesn’t take very long and you can easily rent a gas-powered walk behind aerator, which will poke little holes into the earth and remove those grass plugs so nutrients can get in.
Repair Any Damaged Spots
You may have tried to fix bald or patchy spots on your lawn during the summer, and found that the searing heat of the sun made new grass growth difficult. Now, as the weather’s getting cooler, you don’t have to content with blistering heat that kills grass before it has a chance to sprout. Rake the soil in the patchy area so the dirt is ready to receive new grass, put a healthy layer of lawn repair mixture over it, and water so it can start sprouting. After the first watering, you don’t have to be as regular in your watering and only go at it every week or two weeks.
Apply a Layer of Fall Fertilizer
We call it “fall fertilizer”, but there’s nothing on the market that’s geared to work better in cold weather instead of high summer. Instead, fertilizer is grouped according to the ratio of the nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) and you’ll need to pick out a blend depending on the kind of grass you have and where you live. But what’s awesome about applying fertilizer in the fall is you’re giving your grass an extra boost of nutrients to tide it over during the winter, as well as helping out the grass roots and rhizomes now. Just make sure the fertilizer is spread well and evenly over your entire lawn.
Rake the Leaves
The one thing you don’t want to do is wait until the trees have dropped all their leaves because then your job will be needlessly difficult. Plus, the leaves will get wet, heavy and stuck together, also making raking harder than it has to be. Instead, chip away at it little by little so it never seems like a gargantuan task. Clearing your grass of leaves helps ensure your lawn doesn’t suffocate under a wet, clumpy mat so it looks great in the spring.
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With the exception of homeowners who live in very rainy or tropical areas, watering the lawn is a must if it’s going to look green and lush. It’s easy to get into the habit of splashing some water around or setting a sprinkle out there and forgetting, and both are quick ways to drown your lawn and kill it. Going about it the right way isn’t exactly high science, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to do the job as efficiently as possible.
Even with the right combination of nutrients, your lawn won’t be healthy without enough moisture to absorb those nutrients. Lawn watering is a vital step in caring for your grass and keeping it healthy. Here are some tips on the best time to water your lawn.
When to Water
With enough rain, your lawn won’t need to be watered very often. A well-maintained lawn is designed to capture and use rain water efficiently. But if you hit a drought period in mid-summer, or you live in a dry area of the country, watering your lawn is important if you want to keep it alive.
Once your grass begins to start turning brown or looking dried out, it’s time to break out the sprinklers or turn on the irrigation system.
Best Time of Day to Water Lawn
The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, before the temperature reaches its peak in the middle of the day. The hotter it gets, the faster the water evaporates. Watering the lawn at the hottest part of the day allows too much water to evaporate before it soaks into the ground.
If you can’t get up early enough to water the lawn in the early morning, or if you don’t have an irrigation system with automatic settings, the next best time to water the lawn is in the evening. However, keep in mind that some lawn experts say watering the lawn at night can promote the growth of fungus and cause lawn diseases, since the water sits on your lawn overnight.
How Often to Water Lawn
Experts say that your lawn needs about one inch of rainfall or water each week. More than that is wasted water. You may be able to cut lawn watering down to once a week, as long as you can water the grass long enough to equal one inch. To help you gauge how much water your lawn is receiving, place a coffee can or small container on the ground within reach of the sprinkler system. When the water in the can reaches one inch, your grass is well watered.
The better your lawn can absorb water, the less water you will waste. To keep your lawn healthy and protect the roots, mow high in the summer. The extra shade keeps your lawn’s roots from getting scorched by the sun and heat.
Mowing at the coolest time of the morning, and only watering your lawn when it needs it will also help conserve water. Your pocketbook and the earth will thank you.
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Take a step into a suburban neighborhood and count how many lush green lawns you see. Chances are the green ones out number the brown ones. There is a King of the Hill episode where the men compete to have the best lawn in the neighborhood. The lawn symbolizes pride in the home owner. However, water use on lawns can be very wasteful. Here are some tips to be more efficient when watering the lawn.
Water in the early morning – when you water the lawn some water evaporates before it hits the grass. Water your lawn between 4am and 9am. This reduces the chance of water evaporation because it is the time when the air is the coolest and the wind is the least during the day.
Water only when your grass needs it – Apart from water waste, over-watering your lawn can actually damage the lawn. It can contribute to the development of fungus and disease. However, most people do not know that they are over-watering. Types of grass, temperature and climate are all factors that play into how much water your grass needs. Luckily, there is one easy way to determine how much water your grass needs – look at it. Grass that needs to be watered will give off a blue-gray tint and the ends of the blades will begin to curl up.
Adjust your sprinkler system – Make sure that your sprinklers are hitting the lawn and not the sidewalks, driveways, etc. Also, check your sprinkler heads to make sure that they are not clogged and aiming the wrong direction.
Monitor rainfall – Let the rain do the work for you. By monitoring rainfall you can alter your watering routine to account for the rain. Make sure that if your sprinklers are on a timer you turn them off when it’s raining.
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