Lawn Care Basics
Your lawn is a reflection of you and the pride you take in your home. We know it’s true. We want to make sure you’re as successful as possible in growing the thick, green lawn you’re looking for.
A lush and healthy lawn requires some work, but if you learn the basics of lawn care, it’s not too difficult. A little knowledge, the right tools, some time and effort, and your lawn will be the envy of your neighbors.
There are five things your lawn absolutely needs: sun, water, air, nutrients, and regular mowing.
You can’t control how much sun your lawn gets. Although for shady areas, you can cut back landscaping to increase the amount of sun it gets and seed using shade-tolerant grass. Water you have some control over. On average, it needs an inch of water weekly.
Like every living, breathing thing, your lawn needs air. If it’s well established the soil may be compacted and thatch may be preventing air, as well as water and nutrients, from reaching the roots. If that’s the case, it’s time to aerate your lawn.
Lawns need food. The best way to provide your lawn with essential nutrients is through regular fertilization. Using Milorganite as the primary fertilizer in your organic lawn-care strategy is good for your lawn and the environment.
And, as you know, you have to mow your lawn regularly. Just consider it part of your exercise program.
You’re bound to face a few challenges in your quest for the perfect lawn. If you’re establishing a new lawn or trying to fill-in dead patches, check out our page on seeding vs. sodding to help you decide which works best for you.
Even the healthiest lawns will sometimes change color. It’s important to know whether it’s natural or the sign of a common lawn disease. Natural discoloration may be due to drought-like conditions and entering dormancy to protect itself.
Lawn envy. Your neighbors will have to get used to it.