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Yard Care Tips
Dated: July 6 2016
Summer time here in Idaho can be brutal. It’s hot, it’s dry, and it can be downright miserable. With all that in mind, some of the biggest struggles homeowners have come with keeping that lawn fresh and green! Today I wanted to offer just a few simple tips on how to keep your grass healthy and vibrant without going and spending hundreds of dollars on fertilizer or lawn services!
First let’s talk about what you can do while mowing your lawn that will help it growing and healthy!
Raise your mower blade in the summer. The taller your grass is more the more drought-tolerant it will be. This allows your roots to grow deeper and make your grass more resilient. Keeping your grass at 3”-4” tall will also help to shade the ground making it so weeds cannot germinate.
Mow your grass on a regular schedule which will allow you to prevent cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. This keeps your grass healthier and prevents the clippings from smothering the growing grass.
Pick up your grass clippings. Too many clippings on the grass will create uneven watering and thus create humid conditions that can kill your grass.
Another simple tip … mow your yard in a different direction each time you mow. This will help to ensure your grass doesn’t lay down in one direction. Grass that is reaching for the sky will grow strong and healthy. It will also absorb water more efficiently.
The next area that will help to save you money is watering correctly. Not many people know how or when to water their yard. Resulting in uneven and patchy growth. Here are a few tips to help with that!
Lawns need at least one inch of water per week, and can require up to 3 inches per week when temperatures are at or near 100 degrees. Now most of you just read that and said, “Cool! How in the world am I supposed to measure that?!?”
Take an empty tuna can and place it in a level spot in your yard. This will allow you to get a rough estimate of how much water you are getting daily and weekly. For best results put the can in a shaded area to help minimize evaporation.
Water deeply and less frequently to encourage drought-tolerant roots. So in other words, water for a longer duration of time and fewer times per day. One may even go a day or two per week without watering. This will create strong and healthy roots.
Water early in the day or later in the evening to reduce evaporation and fungal growth. Watering in the heat of the day makes your yard very humid and creates a fungal growing machine! You will know if this is happening because you will start seeing mushrooms. Those mushrooms can also be a sign you’re getting too much water.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Or you can always give me a call or shoot over any email anytime. Thanks for reading!
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