The Lawn Guys – The Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Care

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Our Friends in FL have some great ideas that also apply here in
the Pacific Northwest. When it comes to Lawn Care and Landscape
Maintenance, some things are just universal. Whether you are in
Tacoma, Puyallup, Bonnie Lake, Sumner, Orting or clear across the
country in FL, a green lawn takes work and care to keep it that
lush green we all love to see.
That said, here are a few things to consider when taking care of
your homes lawn.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Care

by Southern Care Lawns, Inc

Category: Home / Gardening    (submitted 2010-05-27)
A great lawn is part of a great yard in general. So how do you get
the lawn you’re looking for? Here are a few lawn care do’s and
don’ts from Southern Lawn Care-a professional lawn service company
that serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco.

Don’t-put too much fertilizer. Applying fertilizers on your lawn is
the first basic step in lawn care but you have to know what type of
grass you have and what plant food to use. Horticultural studies
show that the nitrogen in fertilizer can burn your lawn, and when
temperatures get higher, the likelihood of burning goes up. To
prevent damage, go for a slow-release fertilizer with lower nitrogen
content. Make sure you follow the directions carefully when applying
it to the grass.

Do-water you lawn on a consistent schedule, preferably before the
sun rises in the morning (around 5 a.m.) or late at night. Moisture
is best absorbed during these times because the temperature is
relatively cooler. If you have just planted a new lawn, you will
usually need to water once a day so the seeds can germinate and a
good solid root system can form. On average, this can last from 2-8
weeks, depending on the type and grass and season. Also, it’s best
to water deeply that watering too often. Frequent, light watering
produces a shallow-rooted lawn, and you don’t want that.

Don’t-water your lawn before mowing. Horticultural magazines will
say that that you should water your lawn a day before mowing to
avoid the ugly crowning at the tip of your grass. Watering your lawn
a day before they get mowed will give them time to recover and make
them look nicer as they start growing again. Mowing should also
depend on the type of grass’ optimal height. Recommended mowing
heights are 3 inches for tall fescue, 2 1/2 inches for perennial
ryegrass, and 1 inch for bentgrass.

Do-apply occasional pesticide or herbicide to your lawn. According
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 9 million pounds
of 2, 4-D is used on U.S. lawns every year. This pesticide is the
most commonly used pest control solution for residential and
commercial use. Grass grows best in a biologically active soil where
soil organisms like earthworms recycle plant material so that
nutrients are slowly released in the root zone of the grass. Any
excess of organisms like ants and worms can cause your grass to die
so an occasional application of pesticide-like once every 4 months,
would be good.

Do-remove excess thatch. A thatch is the partially decomposed grass
stems, roots, and leaves found between the green part of a lawn and
the surface of the soil. Thatch problems are caused by excessive
fertilizing and watering, infrequent mowing, and frequent pesticide
use. Surrounding trees and shrubs could also cause thatches,
especially if they do not receive enough water. Provide more water
to grass that have trees and shrubs nearby.

Do-design your garden efficiently. Planning is the key, taking into
account the existing environment such as trees and shrubs, plants,
sun, wind and water. The landscape design should ensure water
drainage back to the ground’s water table. Patios and walkways
should be sloped so water drains into the lawn bed.

Do-try to use organic fertilizers for your soil. This is actually
more for the environment but using organic fertilizers and plant
food decreases the release of green house gases; so it’s always good
to do your part.

Try looking at horticultural magazines for more tips on caring for
your lawn. You can also contact your most trusted lawn care
specialist in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco.
About the Author
Southern Care Lawns, Inc
Barbara Holley
PO Box 57
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Phone: (727) 934-3227
Fax: (727) 849-2711
Email: southerncarelawns@yahoo.com
Website: www.southerncarelawns.com

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