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4 Steps to a Great Lawn

Thursday, July 26, 2018

by Live Day Break

4 Steps to a Great Lawn

Fall is fast approaching which means it’s time to prep your yard for the changing seasons. At this point in the year, your lawn might need a little TLC and our Master Gardener, Jenny Koller, has a few steps to help manicure beautiful green grass.

 

Aeration

 Hollow core aeration is key to allowing oxygen into our clay soil and can be done with little cost to you. If your lawn is in need of additional nutrition, you can spread a fine layer or organic material across the lawn after aerating.

 

Mower Height

 To prevent stress in your lawn, you should never be removing more than 1/3 of your grass blades when you mow. Mulching is ideal when you mow, and many mowers have a mulch setting. Why mulch? The top inch of grass blades has a high nitrogen content and by mulching them you are adding that nitrogen back into your lawn to promote growth.

 

Nutrition

Reading the directions before applying any fertilizer or herbicide is key. By applying too much or applying at the wrong time of year can place stress on the lawn. You don’t want to sacrifice root development for a quick green up.

 

Water

By far the most important and yet the least understood. In our clay soil, it is important to water deep and allow enough days in between watering so that the water percolates through the soil. This forces the roots of the lawn (and really any plant for that matter) to extend themselves and search deep for the water, and the deeper the roots, the stronger the plants.

 

The Conservation Garden Park  has created a wonderful guideline for us to follow.