Category Archives: Lawncare

How To Care For Your Lawn During A Drought

Here’s an informative article by Danielle Sen in Australia on tips on lawn care during a drought for Lifestyle.

As level 1 water restrictions hit Sydney, here’s how to care for your lawn while cutting down on water consumption.

From Saturday, 1st June, Sydney has been offically places on level 1 water restrictions. This means no watering of lawns between 10am and 4pm, hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles and sprinklers are no longer allowed to be used.

If you don’t want your lawn to suffer, Steve Burt from My Home Turf has this advice to help you care for your lawn during water restrictions:

Water wisely

“When watering is an issue, you want to make sure you’re getting the most from your water,” he says.

“Water early in the morning for about 15 minutes so the lawn can absorb the moisture more effectively. Alternately, water parts of the lawn that are most in need (drying out more) or the areas you want to stay green,” says Steve.

Mowing

There’s a knack to retaining moisture when you’re mowing.

“Keep the mower cutting height as high as possible so the lawn retains all the moisture that it can,” advises Steve. “Keep your blades sharp, as blunt ones tend to rip the lawn, leaving it with jagged leaf edges, which dry out quickly and turn brown.”

Wetting agents

“Moisture retention agents are a secret weapon and the most underrated products on the lawn market and should be in every garden shed” says Steve.

“They are easy to click onto your hose and can cover an area up to 150 square metres. During a dry spell or a drought, use a moisture retention agent every four or five weeks to extend your watering and make it more effective,” he explains.

De-thatching

Steve recommends de-thatching to help the lawn absorb moisture.

“Thatching is the accumulation of dead organic matter and is nothing to be concerned about, however de-thatching during a drought aids more water to penetrate into a lawn,” he says. “Aerating your lawn can also aid in delivering more water directly into the root system.”

Reduce foot traffic

Keeping off the grass will do you a world of good as it will protect the lawn.

“The weight from the foot traffic compacts the soil making it harder for the lawn’s roots to penetrate soil moisture. An overall reduction in lawn traffic will help it spring back to life more effectively once the drought is over,” explains Steve.

If you’re about to put in a new lawn…

“The drought tolerance of lawns refers to a lawn type’s ability to stay alive and remain green for the longest period of time, while under water restrictions, or when receiving no water at all during summer,” says Steve.

“Equally as important when considering the drought tolerance of a lawn variety is the ability of a lawn to recover itself once it has finally browned-off. Meaning that once the lawn looks like it has died-off from lack of water, it will recover and become green again once it begins receiving water,” he explains.

If you’re looking at replacing your turf, Steve advises Zoysia – a type of lawn that has a very high ability to remain green and stay alive for longer under water restrictions and summer heat.

“Often sold as Native Nara or Empire, Zoysia has a very good ability to recover after drought conditions have ended. This is due to the fact that Zoysia has underground runners to support the lawn,” says Steve. “Zoysia grass types are an excellent choice for homes which face water restrictions combined with summer heat and is less aggressive than some other grass types and requires only low overall maintenance.”

 

Practical Lawn Care Tips For Summer

Here’s a good article on lawn care tips for summer by the staff at Hidden Creek Landscape.

When summer arrives, many homeowners look for tips on how to care for their lawns. Fortunately, most grasses are surprisingly resilient, despite their delicate appearance and structure. Therefore, when proper lawn care methods are used, property owners can keep their landscapes looking lush and beautiful even during hot weather.

Obviously, all lawns should be watered on a regular basis when temperatures are warm. However, there are many other summer tips that can also be used to ensure a beautiful lawn is maintained.

Aerate. Homeowners should buy or rent an aerator, which is a device used to punch holes in a yard or lawn. This creates a direct line through which moisture and nutrients can reach the lawn’s root system. Aerating once a month is recommended by most lawn experts.

Fertilize. Following approximately 14 days of watering, a broadcast spreader should be used to apply a balanced fertilizer. However, homeowners should avoid high nitrogen fertilizers, as these could have a detrimental effect on the lawn if extended heat waves occur during summer.

Eliminating Lawn Traffic. It is always a good idea to keep lawn traffic to a minimum. This is because the weight of such activity compacts the soil, which in turn makes it difficult for the grass to absorb moisture.

Weeds. Killing weeds is an essential step in keeping grass beautiful and strong. When weeds are eliminated, more nutrients and moisture are made available to the grass. As the healthy lawn thickens, it will grow stronger and eventually begin to crowd out the weeds on its own.

Chinch Bugs. It is important to stay on the lookout for chinch bugs, which typically appear in the front yard near sidewalks and driveways. If a spreading area of dead, dry grass is noticed, the entire front yard should be treated with an insecticide specifically made for chinch bugs.

Sharpen Mower Blades. It is also wise to regularly sharpen mower blades. This is because the cleaner the cut, the less stress put on the grass during mowing. Keeping an attractive lawn during hot, sunny weather can be a challenging endeavor, but with the tips outlined above and the services of a professional lawn care company when necessary, virtually any individual can maintain a beautiful property.

When Should I Plant Grass Seed in My Yard?

Here’s an informative article on when to plant grass seed by Hidden Creek Landscaping.

Few things beat the feeling of cool grass underneath our bare feet. When it comes to starting a lawn from scratch, though, the best time to plant grass seeds in Ohio is late summer to early fall – mid-August to early October.

In this issue, the landscaping experts with Hidden Creek Landscaping will talk more about the process of planting grass seed, how to select the right type and how long it will take for your grass seeds to grow.

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4 Common Lawn Problems That Don’t Actually Need Solving

Here’s a good article by Rachael Baihn on lawncare for Better Homes & Gardens.

Accepting a little imperfection is a big step toward achieving a greener lawn.

Like a lot of long-standing love affairs, the one Americans have with their lawns is maturing as we get wiser about how to take care of them. Considering turf or lawn covers nearly 2% of mainland America’s terrain (well over 40 million acres), how each of us chooses to manage our part of this total can end up having a significant environmental impact. Expert advice for lawn maintenance has changed over the past few years, moving toward more eco-friendly practices that are about letting nature take its course without much involvement from you. In that spirit, here are four common lawn “problems” that really aren’t a big deal, so the simplest solution for them is to do nothing other than change your mindset.

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The Only Weed Identification Guide You’ll Ever Need

 

Here’s a good article from the BH&G Garden Editors on weed identification for Better Homes & Gardens.

Don’t let weeds rob your garden of its beauty—some of these plants choke out the garden plants you’ve worked so hard to grow. Use our guide to help identify and control these troublesome pests.

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How to Winterize Your Lawn

Here’s an interesting article on winterizing your lawn by Michelle Ullman for Better Homes & Gardens.

Getting your lawn and lawn mower ready for the winter is the first step for a healthy, green, and lush lawn come spring. Here’s how to winterize your lawn and get your lawn mower ready for winter storage.

Once autumn’s nip hits the nighttime air, it’s time to winterize your lawn. You might not see the full results of your winter lawn care until the spring, but these cold-weather steps lead to a healthier, greener, lusher lawn once the weather warms up again.

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5 Front-Yard Landscaping Secrets

Here’s an informative article from Better Homes & Gardens .

Your front yard is one of the first things people see when they come over or pass by your house. Make a good first impression with these tips for utilizing all the aspects of your front yard.

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3 Easy Ways to Dress Up Trees in Your Landscape

Here’s a good article on dressing up trees in your landscape by Jenny Crane for Better Homes & Gardens.

Shade trees are one of the best investments you can make in your landscape. Enhance their beauty and help them stay healthy with these simple tips for making the most of the space around them.

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have mature shade trees in your yard already, or maybe you’ve just planted one. Either way, they add so much beauty, valuable shade, and other benefits all by themselves, but there are a few easy ways to make them shine even more in your landscape. While the limbs and leaves fill overhead space, there’s often an empty area around their trunks that shouldn’t be neglected. Instead, you can use these spaces to create a finished overall look to the yard, while also protecting the tree’s trunk and roots to keep it healthy. The best part? These landscaping hacks are inexpensive, easy to do, and will look great year after year.

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The Best Time To Water Your Plants In The Summer

Here’s a good article on advice on the best time to water plants in the summer by Jamie McIntosh for The Spruce.

Drive around your neighborhood on a hot summer day, and you’ll see many approaches to watering plants. Some homeowners break out the hose at the end of the work day, while others program the automatic sprinklers to come on at dawn for 15 minutes a day; still others figure on the plants getting a drink whenever the kids decide it’s time to play in the sprinkler. However, timing your irrigation will not only lead to healthier plants, but it can also save on your water bill.

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How To Safely Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

Here’s an informative article on safely sharpening lawn mower blades by David Beaulieu for The Spruce.

Choosing From a Variety of Tool Options

Although you may think of sharpening your lawn mower blade as a matter of mower care, it is actually a matter of lawn care. Dull blades are more likely to tear grass blades instead of cutting them cleanly. Such tears open up your lawn grass to an attack from diseases. Fungal diseases love to take advantage of open wounds in plants, especially in conjunction with moist conditions. Mowing the grass creates such conditions because cutting the grass blades releases some of the moisture content that they carry inside.

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