Summer Lawn Care!
The heat of summer can really beat up your lawn and turn your lovely green grass into dry crunchy straw. To get some tips on creating a healthy and happy lawn we visited with Dave Jones of TruGreen (www.FunByTheYard.com, 1-800-TRUGREEN). Dave told us that the health of your lawn can be tied to 3 things, mowing, watering and fertilizing.
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The first thing we talked about was watering. Determining the correct amount of water to apply to your lawn can be difficult. Dave recommended trying to find out the amount of water you have coming out of your system. You can do this with the ‘tuna can’ test (or with guages provided by TruGreen) Put the cans out and run your system, check the amount in the cans and adjust so you are putting about 1 inch of water per week on your grass.
Once you have determined how much water is applied check to make sure it is enough for your lawn. You can do this several ways. The first way was the ‘step test’. Step on the grass and see if it bounces back. You can also use a shovel to see how deep the moisture reaches into the soil. If there is a need for more water you can adjust your system accordingly.
Next we moved to mowing. Raise the level of your mower to allow your grass to grow to 3 inches. This will create a barrier so your grass won’t dry out, and never take off more than 1/3 of the height of the grass. A sharp mower blade is also extremely important.
Finally we talked about fertilization. Having a balanced fertilizer program is very important. You will want to monitor your lawn and feed it more than once a year. Grass needs nutrition and you provide a lot of that with a good fertilizer. If you have any questions about your lawn you can always call your local experts at TruGreen.
(Originally aired on GardenTime TV. See the GardenTime web site for more videos and information about the show)
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