Taking care of your lawn isn’t rocket science, but there are some hints and secrets that not everyone knows of. If your neighbor has a beautifully tended lawn and garden each year, and this year you’d like to show him a thing or two, check out these lawn care secrets to even the playing field. The most important rule for yard care is one that everyone knows, but it’s so easy to over or under do. Of course I’m talking about watering your lawn. Most people just turn on the hose every so often, or the sprinkler system, whenever they remember. This haphazard method to yard care is absolutely the wrong way to go about maintaining and improving the health and beauty of your yard, and thus, your home.
Too little time with the water on will ruin your lawn, especially if you’re in a dry climate like Arizona. Even then, some people think that the solution is to have the water on as much as possible. Unfortunately this is also a mistake, as thousands of yellowed-grass lawns across the United States can attest to. Why does this happen, when water is so necessary to lawn and plant health (not to mention our own)? The answer is that water flows. It carries things with it. More specifically, too much water transports the nutrients and proper ingredients for healthy grass and plants from the soil and into its runoff drains, or wherever the water in your water table goes. If you use a yard service to take care of your home’s grounds for you, they’ll have taken all of this into account when planning out the watering and fertilizing schedule.
So now that you know that too much or too little water will be devastating to your yard, and your hopes at taking on the neighbors, how do we fix this? It’s tough to correctly time just how much water you want flowing into the lawn. I recommend focusing on fertilizing properly to replenish the soil’s nutrients. If you take care of that at least three times a year, your lawn should be able to withstand more rainfall or watering than normal without running into food problems. Don’t just fertilize once, then again a month later, and a month later, and then forget about it for the next 9 months, however. There’s no reason to condense all your fertilizing to one time period while ignoring the rest. Spread things out, once in the early fall, once in early spring right as the weather is warming up, and one more time in the middle of the summer. This way you’ll maximize the time difference between fertilizing, and thus the return from your investment.