Having a lush and green lawn provides curb appeal that improves the value of your home, while preventing soil erosion due to drought, or excessive rain. Maintaining the perfect lawn on the other hand may be a complete challenge to many. This could be, because you are watering your lawn incorrectly and using the wrong fertilizers at the wrong time of year.
The Proper way to Water your Lawn
To keep grass green and healthy you need to water deep into the root system. Watering fifteen minutes every day or every other day just doesn’t do this. The way you should be watering your lawn is every three to four days in 45-60 minute increments. This provides the grass with sufficient time for the water to soak down deep where the root system needs the water the most. Shorter more frequent watering cycles only covers the top layer.
One way to verify that you have watered enough is with a tuna can. Place a clean tuna can in the corner of your yard where the sprinklers can reach it, and check it when you are doing your watering. When it is full you have watered enough for that session.
Storms and Over or under Watering
To avoid over watering your lawn, mark your calendar or keep a small journal that records when heavy storms occurred as well as when and how long you watered last. When Mother Nature helps out and saturates your yard, there is no need to water for several days after. Over watering is just as bad for your lawn as not watering enough.
Additionally you want to water at the correct time of day, either early morning before the sun becomes intense, or late night after the heat has subsided. This keeps water for evaporating before it can sink into the soil.
Your yard needs different nutrients at different times of year to prepare for the coming season. In hot summer seasons you do not want to use hash fertilizers that may burn your lawn. Instead use organic topdressing. Sticking to organic materials during the hot months provides your lawn with the nutrients it needs without the added natural animal ingredients that will burn your lawn when the sun is hot.
In the fall you want to use a winterization fertilizer that prepares your lawn for those cold months with extra nutrients to keep it from starving during the winter. Whenever you apply fertilizer no matter what kind you use or when you are applying it, be sure to water it thoroughly after application to get the fertilizer down into the soil where it is actually needed.
Spot Seed Dead Spots
Even the best gardeners end up with dead spots from time to time; there are too many uncontrollable factors not to. To prevent weeds from encroaching on the rest of your lawn, fill in dead or dying spots as soon as you notice them with seed and water it as directed until the grass fills in.
You don’t have to be a golf course grounds keeper to have a gorgeously healthy green lawn, nor do you need to spend a fortune watering your lawn every day.