Have you ever been just a tad envious of your neighbor’s lawn? It’s OK to admit it. As landscapers, we often hear from clients who drool over their neighbor’s property and ask us to make theirs look just as lush and green as the Joneses. And, yes, while our team at Castle Point Landscape Design is more than happy to handle your property maintenance needs, we do have some insider tips on how you can help keep your lawn looking great.
Ready for a healthier lawn? It all starts with these seven tips!
1. Don’t use dull blades.
Mowing your lawn with dull blades actually encourages rot to set in. Yuck! Dull blades on grass will turn your lawn brown and discourage proper growth. Your best bet is to have your blades sharpened prior to the spring for optimal mowing!
2. Mow at the right height.
When you break out the mower for your first cut of the season, you should mow at a shorter height. From there, set the mower’s level a bit higher and keep it consistent throughout the summer months. And don’t ever cut your lawn too short. You’ll end up scalping it and ruining the grass roots, too.
3. Cut when the grass is dry.
Don’t mow a wet lawn. Besides being slippery, wet grass tends to bend over—which means you can’t get a decent trim or straight cut. The cut will be uneven. Also, wet grass tends to clump, leaving your lawn patchy and unattractive.
4. Don’t over fertilize.
This might be a no-brainer, but it’s always a good reminder. If you over fertilize your lawn, the increased nitrogen levels can damage or kill your grass. Depending on the climate you live in, you shouldn’t really fertilize your lawn more than five times per year. Still have questions about fertilization? No problem. That’s why Castle Point is here. Reach out to us online!
5. Don’t ignore aeration.
Aerating your lawn is a terrific way to keep your lawn in shape. It allows roots and soil to breathe. The best times to aerate are typically in early spring or fall.
6. Don’t water your lawn in the middle of the day.
The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, ideally before 10 a.m. Even though temperatures are cooler at night, watering your lawn in the evening can make grass too wet at night and sometimes lead to disease. Stick to morning lawn watering.
7. Don’t use poisonous chemicals to kill weeds/pests.
If your lawn is overcome with weeds or pests, try some natural remedies before going the chemical route. Natural concoctions such as a mixture of vinegar, dish detergent and cooking oil can help rid your soil of pests!
As the lawn mowing season comes to a close, it means snow shoveling season will arrive soon! So, if you own a business in Northern New Jersey, don’t hesitate to contact us NOW to set up your commercial snow removal service. You’ll be glad you did when that first snowfall hits!