Lawn care is a hobby for many people, and even though they like to work around the yard they may need help from a pro from time to time. The most environmentally friendly and beautiful lawns are accomplished when the professional and the homeowner are on the same page.
Cultural practices is the term used to describe a host of lawn care management techniques such as mowing, fertilizing, aerating, and irrigating. When these practices are performed properly, you have the makings for the perfect lawn. Here are some examples of common cultural practices that lead to a healthy, lush lawn.
- Mowing– Raising the mowing height to between 3-3.5” in the early summer can help to choke out weeds. The taller grass keeps weed seeds from receiving sunlight and can prevent germination. It also helps prevent evaporation, thus retaining moisture and helps your lawn stay strong during the hot summer months.
- Fertilizing– Fertilizers will encourage your lawn to outcompete it’s weedy competitors. The best strategy for fertilization is to provide a minimal, consistent food source throughout the growing season. Over-fertilization isn’t a good thing.
- Irrigating– Proper watering will help your lawn while deterring diseases and weeds. Newly seeded areas should be watered frequently and lightly. An established lawn will react best to infrequent, heavy waterings. Whether the source is from rain or a sprinkler, your lawn should receive an average of 1″ per week.
- Aerating– A practice that is often over looked as unnecessary, but can be one of the most important for encouraging fall root growth. Aerating relieves compaction to your soils and increases oxygen availability for roots. And while we are just now seeing our lawns wake up, fall aeration is something you should start considering.
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