Insight For A Healthy And Well-Kept Lawn

A healthy lawn on your property is a goal of many homeowners and business owners. A green lawn keeps your property looking its best and also cools the area around your landscaping to make it more comfortable and to promote the health of your other landscaping vegetation. Here are some recommendations you can implement to keep your lawn healthy and in great shape all year long.

Control the Lawn Length

During the summer months, it is recommended to maintain your lawn in order to keep it as healthy as possible. And this means to prevent heat-related stress and drying out of the lawn and its roots. The more shade your lawn's tops provide to the roots, the more the soil will stay moist and cool, promoting the health of your lawn and reducing the need to water as often. And the longer the soil retains moisture, the deeper your lawn's roots can grow, as the roots will grow more deeply when the moisture can penetrate more deeply into the soil. This is a great way to keep your lawn more drought-tolerant and to protect it from a longer duration between irrigation.

To accomplish this you only need to set your mower a bit higher than you would traditionally consider setting it at. So instead of at the lowest or second-to-lowest setting, move the mower blade up to the highest setting. Mow your lawn to see how long this allows your lawn to get a trimming, and adjust it from there if you need to. Look for a lawn length of two to three inches from the roots. Keep in mind that through the upcoming week after mowing your lawn, its length will grow out a bit to further shade its roots and the soil.

Manage Watering

Along with keeping your lawn an appropriate length, you should also remember to keep the watering at a proper amount. Watering your lawn too much or for the wrong duration can be just as damaging as not watering your lawn enough. When you water your lawn every day, it will provide your lawn moisture, but it only gets the top inch or two of the soil wet, which can train the roots to only grow upon the surface of the soil. This will expose your lawn roots to the potential of more heat stress and sun damage. 

Water your lawn less frequently each week but for a longer period each time, for example, one to two times during the week. Depending on the temperature outside you might need to increase a once-weekly watering to twice each week. Lengthen the irrigation time for twenty to thirty minutes based on the amount of water your sprinklers deliver, applying 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water each week.

If you need helping caring for your lawn, contact a turf management service.

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