Keeping your home well-maintained and attractive in appearance includes making sure your lawn and landscaping are well cared for, healthy, and lush. When any part of your home's landscaping becomes dried, scraggly, or overgrown, it can detract from your home's entire exterior appearance. Here are two important keys to remember when caring for your lawn to make sure it stays healthy and attractive.
Schedule Your Watering
When you water your lawn, it is recommended to water your lawn less frequently for longer duration each time. For example, instead of watering three to four times each week, water every three days or twice per week. This helps your lawn's roots grow deeply and stay healthy and also helps the lawn become more drought-tolerant. Your lawn does require a certain amount of water each week on average to stay lush and healthy.
An average lawn can require one to one and one-half inches per week to stay healthy. Monitor your watering to make sure you are providing enough water to your lawn. Place an empty tuna can on your lawn during one watering session and check its depth after the watering is completed. If you are watering twice per week, after one session of watering the tuna can should have one-half to three-quarters inches of water.
it is also recommended to water according to the climate you live in. For example, if you live in a very hot and dry climate or are going through a heat wave, increase your lawn's watering duration each session to make up for the evaporation lost through the sun's heat.
Feed Your Lawn
Along with water, your lawn needs sufficient food in the form of fertilizers to keep it healthy. There are many types of lawn fertilizers you can choose from, but it all comes down to the nutrients your fertilizer choice includes. Look for a fertilizer that provides three of the important nutrients: potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorous.
Phosphorous promotes root growth and early establishment of your lawn in the soil. The nitrogen boosts the foliar growth or growth of your lawn's blades to give them a deep and healthy color. Potassium is important as it helps your lawn's ability to use the nitrogen it receives. Depending on your lawn's health, the pH of your soil, and the type of lawn you are growing the requirements of each nutrient may vary. You can also talk to a lawn service, such as Cutter Up for their recommendations to your lawn's health.
Be sure to apply the fertilizer evenly with the help of a fertilizer spreader to give even application and prevent uneven growth stripes to appear in your lawn.