Take an environmentally friendly approach to your lawn care this summer! Massive applications of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are not only costly, but they also can be quite dangerous for children, adults, pets, and the environment.
There are a few key secret tips to having a great-looking lawn without ever needing a single chemical or spray!
- Raise Your Blades
Raise your blades up on your mower! Mowing your yard with low blades allows weed seeds to have a much easier time finding their way to the soil base to take hold. It also dries out the soil more rapidly on hot, sunny days.
What is a good height? Cut your grass at a height of 6 to 8 centimeters (2.5 to 3 inches) to promote growth, prevent weeds, and discourage insect pests.
- Never Take More Than 1/4 of Your Grass off at a Time
Removing too much grass at once puts enormous stress, causing long-term damage, on the lawn. It can leave massive clumps of dead grass behind that clings to the living grass underneath and begin to choke it out. That dead grass also weaves together on the surface to form unsightly and lawn-damaging thatch.
If your lawn gets ahead of you, raise the mowing deck to full height. It is better to mow a few times to get it back down slowly than all at once!
- Keep Your Blades Sharp
The secret to mowing your lawn is to keep your mowing blades sharp! Dull blades tear the grass instead of cutting it. Not only does it put stress on the grass, but it also leaves the tips of your grass brown.
Many homeowners mistake these brown tips for a dry lawn and think they need water. It is amazing how many people go through an entire mowing season and never sharpen their blades once. For best results, sharpen blades at least once a month to keep that grass looking great!
- Don’t Mow Your Lawn when it’s wet
Mowing grass when it’s wet from the morning dew or rain not only damages your lawn but your blades and mower too.
Wet grass dulls the blades on a mower fast! It also makes a mower work twice as hard as the grass becomes clogged underneath.
- Don’t Bag Clippings
When you bag your clippings, you are removing essential nutrients from your lawn and tossing them away. Grass clippings contain valuable nitrogen and trace minerals that feed the soil.
In fact, grass clippings are the most natural way to fertilize your lawn!
- Natural Greening with Compost Tea
If you’re still looking for a little grass pick-me-up and to provide your lawn with a few nutrients, an environmentally friendly alternative is to hit your lawn with an application of liquid compost tea.
The simple solution of all-natural ingredients will not only green up your yard but perk up the health of your lawn’s roots as well. If you don’t have your own compost, you can use a compost concentrate to mix and spray.
Here’s to a great-looking environmentally friendly lawn to go with your Roma Fence!