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Maintenance Monday: How To Maintain a Lush Lawn

Maintenance Monday: How To Maintain a Lush Lawn

Essential Tips for Maintaining a Lush Lawn

American West Realty and Management requires most single-family tenants to maintain their landscaping. Some renters enjoy this responsibility, while others find it a real burden. Use the tips below to simplify the process and keep your lawn in top shape:

1. Regular Mowing

Keep your lawn well-manicured by mowing regularly. Aim to cut only one-third of the grass blade at a time to prevent stress on the plants. Adjust your mower height based on the season; keep the grass longer during summer months to retain moisture and lower in cooler months. We also recommend sharpening the blade every year to ease the cutting process and prevent damaging the grass.

2. Proper Watering

Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Early morning is the best time to water, reducing evaporation and fungal growth. Most lawns need about 1-1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall.

3. Fertilization

Feed your lawn with the right nutrients to promote healthy growth. Use a balanced fertilizer in the spring and fall, and consider slow-release formulas to provide steady nutrition.

4. Weed Control

Stay on top of weeds by applying pre-emergent herbicides in early spring and tackling any visible weeds promptly. Regular mowing and proper fertilization can also help prevent weed growth. The simplest method we've found is a weed-and-feed combination that can be sprayed on with a garden hose or spread with a hand spreader. This will kill off most of the broad-leaf weeds (e.g. dandelions) while fertilizing the grass.

5. Aeration

Aerate your lawn once or twice a year to alleviate soil compaction and improve air, water, and nutrient movement. This process creates small holes in the soil, allowing your lawn to breathe and absorb essential elements. Aeration is usually done by a professional company.

6. Overseeding

To keep your lawn thick and lush, overseed in the fall or spring by spraying grass seed throughout the lawn. This helps fill in bare spots and improves the overall health and appearance of your lawn.

7. Pest Control

Monitor your lawn for signs of pests and treat accordingly. Natural predators, organic treatments, and chemical solutions can all be effective, depending on the type of pests and severity of the infestation.

8. Seasonal Care

Adjust your lawn care routine based on the season. In the summer, focus on watering and mowing, while in the fall, concentrate on aeration and fertilization. Winterize your lawn with a final mowing and clearing of debris.

By following these essential tips, you can maintain a lush, green lawn that enhances the beauty of your property and provides a pleasant outdoor space for relaxation and recreation. Happy lawn care!