Did you know that April is National Lawn Care Month? And it’s a perfect time to pay attention to your Southern Alabama lawn.
You take great pride in your property’s curb appeal. So, naturally, you want to know all of the latest hacks to keep your lawn looking beautiful and healthy all season long.
In this blog post, you’ll learn how to properly water your lawn as well as 10 other helpful lawn care hacks to keep your Baldwin or Mobile County lawn looking its best.
How to Properly Water Your Lawn
Why does it matter how much or how little your water your lawn? The reasons are simple:
- To improve the health of your lawn
- To save you money on your water bill
- To conserve water.
The old way was to sprinkle your lawn every day—whether that’s in the morning, after work or after the sun went down—creates more turfgrass problems.
However, turf experts recommend a different regimen. They suggest that
- You water your lawn early in the morning
- You don’t water on windy days
- You give your lawn and landscapes 1”-2” of water per week
- You avoid daily sprinkles that encourages poor root development.
- You focus on watering the soil rather than just sprinkling the grass blades
- You invest in an irrigation system that uses satellite technology to control the amount of water you use
- You make sure you adjust your irrigation nozzles to spray the plants rather than your sidewalks and driveways.
10 Lawn Care Hacks to Ensure You Have a Beautiful Property
Here are 10 lawn care hacks that will ensure that your lawn is healthy and beautiful throughout the entire growing season:
- No scalping your lawn: You only need to scalp your lawn at the end of February or early March to get rid of the brown grass. However, you scalp your yard once a year—not every time you mow.
- Use sharp mower blades: Dull mower blades don’t cleanly cut your yard grass. Instead, you’re leaving your lawn open to disease and insect infestation.
- Cut your grass in different directions every time you mow: By mowing in different directions, you create a beautiful pattern. Plus, your grass will be evenly cut instead of the same side getting pushed over and attracting insects or disease.
- Mow at the right height: Generally speaking, you should only cut the top third off of your lawn. And yet, that varies depending on the season. For example, you can cut your grass by taking 2” off the top when grass is growing rapidly in the spring. During the summer, you only want to take off the top third by allowing your grass to grow a little taller to conserve the plant’s energy and moisture level.
- No mowing when your lawn is wet: You don’t want to mow your lawn right after it stopped raining or if there is still dew on the grass. When you cut your damp lawn, you’re increasing the likelihood that your yard will get fungal diseases.
- Employ grasscycling: Instead of bagging your grass clippings, let them lay in your lawn. Since they consist mostly of water, the clippings will quickly dissolve into the ground. Also, don’t forget to blow your grass clippings onto the yard. You’re giving your lawn up to a 25% nitrogen boost by grasscycling.
- Don’t forget to trim along walkways, patios and other hardscapes: Keep your curb appeal tidy by trimming along walkways, patios and other areas.
- Plant the right type of grass: Make sure you only plant warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, centipede and St. Augustine grasses.
- Fertilize your lawn: Your yard grass needs nutrients just like you do. Construction, foot traffic, excessive heat and drought deplete your soil of necessary nutrients to grow healthy grass. When you add the right nutrients, in the right amount and at the right time, you’ll be able to develop a thick, green lawn that crowds out obnoxious weeds.
- Control weeds and insects: Did you know that weeds can take over your lawn? Avoid that takeover with weed control. Plus, you don’t want destructive insects eating your healthy turfgrass So, you need insect control to get rid of those bad bugs that will feed on your yard grass or its roots.
How Xtreme Turf Lawn Care Can Help You Maintain a Gorgeous Lawn
At Xtreme Lawn Care, we use quality fertilizers, weed and insect controls to keep your lawn looking its best from spring through fall. We use slow release fertilizers that allow nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium into the soil at the right time and in the right amount.
If you want a beautiful yard all season long, call us today at 251-648-9947 or fill out our contact form.
Xtreme Turf Lawn Care Serves Homeowners in Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shore, Loxley, Mobile, and Spanish Fort, AL.