July 10, 2014
By Dick Bare, CEO/President of Arbor-nomics Turf, a TrustDale-certified company
You want your lawn to look great, to be the greenest one on the block and to always be ready for a backyard barbecue. But when you come home from work, there it is waiting for you: hours of work that just can’t be skipped. Beautiful lawns really are labor-intensive and most people don’t want to downsize their lawn. But remember, there are ways to make a lawn a lot less work—even a lush, green, gorgeous lawn.
1. Let it grow a little long:
Cutting your grass too short actually damages it and makes it easier for weeds to settle in, and slightly longer grass both looks and feels better. A lot of Georgia homeowners think shorter is better and cut it as low as they can, but this ends up creating more work in the long run. You can let grass grow up to 3 inches without a problem (although go closer to 2 inches if your yard is mostly warm-weather grasses), and that means cutting it less often and enjoying healthier grass.
2. Don’t over-fertilize:
This is a mistake many homeowners make and don’t realize it. It’s true that every happy lawn needs nutrients to flourish, but there is such a thing as overdoing it. Too much nitrogen in the soil can harm the grass or encourage weeds and even fungal disease. Generally, professionals do a set of fertilizer treatments spread across the summers—not every week all summer long—and depending on your lawn you may be able to get away with just two before Memorial Day and Labor Day.
3. Mulch when you mow:
Are you bagging your grass clippings? If so you are creating extra work for yourself and also depriving your lawn of free food it loves to eat. If you think about it, grass clippings obviously have everything that grass needs to grow, so why not let them go back into the soil and help your lawn out? The clippings also help hold moisture in the soil. Mulching is better for most lawns than bagging and it shortens your yard work a little bit every week.
4. Consider new grass types:
If you really want a low-maintenance lawn, then find out what species of grass you have and consider making a change. Native Georgia grasses are better able to stand our weather cycles without drowning, drying out or needing constant fertilizer, and some low-maintenance grasses have been developed to make life even easier.
Of course one way to take all the hard work off your plate is to simply hand it over to a professional. At Arbor-Nomics we can make any lawn green and keep it that way. Give us a call. New TrustDale referred customers get 50 percent off the first treatment!
Article used with permission.