The average homeowner spends approximately 40 hours annually mowing the lawn, and Americans spend $8.5 billion each year on lawn care equipment and products. Lawns are one of the biggest aspects of property care. Keeping a lawn in top shape, particularly during the heat of the summer, can be a daunting job. It is important to break the task down into manageable components and to stay on top of each one so that the job never gets overwhelming. The following tips will teach you how to keep your lawn green this summer.
How to Keep Your Lawn Green this Summer: 5 Simple Tips
Fertilizer. Most lawns only require fertilization a couple times a year, typically once in the spring and once in the middle of the summer. Choose a fertilizer with a blend intended for lawns, as these blends have a high nitrogen content. Nitrogen works to stimulate both deep green color and healthy growth.
Fertilizer spreader. It is best practice to fertilize a lawn shortly after mowing it when the grass is dry. Wet grass causes fertilizer to stick to the grass blades and burn the lawn. Many people opt
to use a spreader for their fertilizer in order to get even distribution across a lawn. In order to get this even distribution, put the gauge on a low setting and go over the same area multiple times with each pass overlapping the last one.
Lawnmower care. It is easy to neglect lawnmower care, which is a mistake, because lawnmowers are one of the most expensive aspects of lawn care. The first thing that you should do to keep your mower in top condition is disengage the spark plug any time you are completing mower maintenance. The next thing you should do is drain and then replace both the oil and gasoline. Gasoline that sits in a mower for more than a year can build up in the carburetor. Additionally, before you use a lawnmower for the first time in the spring, clear the air filter, take out any old grass or bits of garbage hanging onto the engine cover, and get the blades sharpened and balanced.
Watering. The best time of day to water the lawn is early in the morning, as the lawn will have ample time to dry before nighttime when many kinds of fungus are most active. It is better to water deeply a couple times per week than to water lightly daily in order to stimulate deep root growth. It is important to keep in mind that at the height of the summer heat, a lawn requires approximately one to one and a half inches of water weekly.
Brown spot repair. Typically brown spots come about on a lawn because of pet urine. The best way to prevent brown spots is to water affected regions within eight hours of initial contact.