Lawns come in many forms and sizes. Some lawns are plain and grassy ones, while others have small plants, shrubs, or even trees which people treat differently.

You might have witnessed your neighbors or even you wife mowing and watering your yard to keep it as it is: clean and simple.

For most homeowners, the key to the perfect lawn is well-mowed grass with an adequate number of plants that will look pleasing to the eye. Of course, looks can be deceiving, but how sure are you that your lawn is alluring and healthy all at once?

You should know the boxes to be ticked in the checklist that ensures a healthy and green lawn for lawn maintenance. First, of course, there are a lot of conditions that you should evaluate: pest control, how often you water and mow the grass, and lawn fertilization, are only a few.

Thus, an organized timetable of these regular tasks is a stepping stone to achieving a healthy lawn, and all of these must be kept in check for the whole year.

In treating and maintaining your lawn, you would have to manage your time well, be dedicated to hard work, and equip yourself with the necessary knowledge of keeping a clean and healthy lawn.

Why take care of your lawn?

Truly, the duties of lawn care are manageable and attainable goals. It may seem too much, but who doesn’t love a lawn where you can roll around on?

Or have barbeques with your loved ones? When showing proper care to your yard, you pursue the role of being a steward of nature as well, caring for a part of our earth that certainly belongs to you.

Lawn maintenance and treatment create a greener space in your neighborhood. By simply committing yourself to such a responsibility, you contribute to rebuilding a healthier environment.

Fortunately, having nutritional grass benefits a family with protection from pollution.

It lessens noise pollution by absorbing sound, which leads to a quieter space with a reduction of 10 decibels. Moreover, in exchange for absorbing greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, it produces oxygen, which provides a fresher and cleaner air to breathe generated from the well-taken care ground.

When heavy rains hit your home, your lawns can protect you from flood risks. From the looks of it, keeping your lawn clean is an initiative of preparedness from natural harms that you may come across in the future.

It is because of the root system of grasses that resist great liters of water that eventually prevents erosion from happening. Soccer fields are great examples of lawn maintenance since fewer problems are encountered by players in the field regardless of the situation, even if the fields are damp from the rain.

Lastly, grasses are effective water purifiers since water travels through the roots of the grass. At this deep level, soil microbes can dial down chemicals contained in the liquid, making it less contaminated.

Getting started

You might start to think that securing a well-maintained lawn is too complex and would need a certain experience to achieve the goal that you want for your property. However, you can break it down into four steps or activities that can make your lawn as vibrant and healthy as ever.

In lawn maintenance, there is a lawn treatment plan. Because there are many things to bear in mind, you must maintain organization and balance in doing such activities. Still, the question remains unanswered, where do you start?

Truthfully, there is no specific order to achieve a well-maintained yard. Regardless, it is important to do these tasks correctly to ensure a healthy green lawn.

Ensure that you have the tools and equipment to accomplish what needs to be done. The vital necessities are a lawnmower, sprinkler or gardening can, and a spreader for fertilizing purposes.

Having your lawn calendar is also a good start in devising your lawn treatment plan. Ensure that the days and period you will be watering, mowing, or fertilizing are equally distributed so that one task is not overdone or less prioritized. So, what are the starters for lawn care?

Maintain sufficient height by mowing

Mowing is the act of cutting down grass at a certain height and depends on the grass type that you have. Therefore, it wouldn’t be best to wait until your grass is too tall or cut short when mowing since it can affect its system. In North Texas we recommend 3 inches high.

What is important is that not greater than one-third should be lost from mowing. It also results in stronger roots, allowing your lawn to endure natural threats such as pests, extreme weather conditions, and diseases that may lead to dead roots. More than one-third cut will shock your lawn.

By doing so, the root system of the grass remains nourishing, this successfully absorbs necessary nutrients.

There is consistency in the lawn; there is less presence of weeds, which are plants that are most likely to stand out in your property when you have one.

On the other hand, these spare blades of grass from mowing serve as fertilizers for the soil once it decomposes. So when mowing, mulching is a good consideration: cutting down grass clippings into a smaller size and spreading it to the lawn.

Then, instead of cleaning and throwing away these leftover greens, you can leave them in your yard as it strengthens the ecosystem.

Nutrients from the trimmed blades of grass will benefit the soil and grass growth, and worms will also ingest these clippings. It will also aid you in fertilizing your lawn and saving money from buying it.

It would be most suitable to mow in dry conditions, but not under hot weather. For instance, if you cut a damp lawn because of the rain, it would be challenging to complete this task since the lawnmower blades will most likely get blocked.

Pull out unwanted plants by weeding

To broaden the definition of weeds, these are blooming leafy plants far from the appearance of grass. Such examples are dandelions, clovers, and the spade-shaped velvetleaf.

Having weeds makes your lawn look less orderly, and removing them is less of a hassle than what one might think of it as tough.

Gardeners recommend refraining from using harsh weed chemicals since it may harm the lawn as a whole, creating a domino effect that you wouldn’t want to happen. As a company we like to use softer, safer products that work well and do no harm.

As a last resort, hand pulling these weeds using a gardening tool called a daisy grubber specifically made to pull out plant roots is an alternative. If you don’t like to remove weeds manually, should see a professional as they know how to use just enough weed control products to get the job done.

Regularly water your lawn

Hydration is a key element of healthiness in lawn maintenance. However, watering relies on the season since there are times when it is raining quite a lot. It wouldn’t be ideal for watering your lawn during the rainy season.

So, it would be useful to keep track of the days or months to plan out watering regularly properly. Most people would install sprinklers incorporated in the ground or have a specific design installed in hoses. Normally, lawns are watered every two or three days. Texas A&M recommends you water at least one inch per week during the hot season.

During the day, water your lawn in hours where the temperature is not too cool or too warm, during early mornings and late afternoons, not past 10 am and not past 6 p.m. The cool air in these hours helps the grass maintain its evaporation. In this manner, your lawn can tolerate warm conditions.

To know if you did a great job watering, get a screwdriver and stick it down the soil. You should be able to do it easily, and it must reach at least six inches below the ground. If you find it quite difficult, the soil is too dry, and not enough watering was done.

Fertilize your soil

We, humans, consume a variety of food to gain nutrients. But, similar to plants, lawns have their supplement, fertilizers. It improves soil quality by equipping it with nutrients that will influence the well-being of the grass.

Conversely, it would help if you were careful in fertilizing your yard; exceeding the supposed amount of fertilizers may cause damage to the grass. The best time to fertilize your lawn is during the spring or fall season.

The aspects of lawn fertilization

Of course, you wouldn’t want your lawn to look pale or frail, making it seem uninviting. So, one of the main supplements of a healthy lawn is nitrogen which enhances the lawn’s color, giving it a brighter and more natural shade of green.

When deficient in this nutrient, the grass will have yellow or brown spots as discoloration

It is also responsible for keeping grass shoots strong enough to resist natural forces like strong winds or rain. Fertilizers composed of mostly nitrogen will increase the growth of grasses; thus, you might have to mow more frequently than expected.

Next is phosphorus which is associated with the plant’s ability to photosynthesize. Since your lawn is in an open area where the sun strikes directly at it, fertilizing it with phosphorus makes sure that your grass manages its intake of heat energy for its benefit.

It improves how they accomplish these chemical processes and is similar to nitrogen in promoting stronger development in its roots.

When your lawn lacks phosphorus, it may seem less in number because of the decrease in ideal shape. In addition, the root mass is weak and less in weight, which leads to failure in absorbing water and other nutrients that your lawn needs.

Lastly, aiding protection to your lawn implies the application of potassium. If you notice wilting, it means that there is not enough potassium because of the weak protection it has from severe weather. The use of potassium improves the overall quality of your lawn.

These three combined substances are categorized as either chemical or organic fertilizers. When buying fertilizers, it will show the ratio between the three substances depending on your soil and grass type.

However, buying the wrong fertilizers have its dangers that you should be aware of. Other chemicals are added in fertilizers for better and practical results, which can bring harm to your lawn.

Meanwhile, there are also organic fertilizers that are mainly organic matter such as feces from animals and bones from chicken leftovers. It is healthy compared to chemical fertilizers because they are a by-product of nature but can have diminished results.

Regardless of what fertilizer you opt to use, it is important to regulate lawn fertilization by knowing the lawn well.

Got a tight schedule, or do you want to seek more professional and direct advice? Luckily, a small community of knowledgeable and passionate individuals at Safe Earth can help you build a better lawn for your home.

How they keep your lawn in check

Having your lawn taken care of by equipped and reliable professionals can include a specialized fertilization plan, weed, insect and pest, and lawn disease control. In a year, these tasks are organized depending on the seasons.

For instance, lawn maintenance during the fall and spring are similar ideally; fertilization, weed control, insect control, and the use of herbicides to avoid the germination of weed seeds.

Find trouble in understanding or succeeding in fertilizing your lawn? Problem solved. Besides applying and informing you of the appropriate fertilizer, they also assess trees and shrubs present in the area.

A Polyon (controlled release) fertilizer that they use guarantees that your lawn has sufficient nutrients for a longer time.

Our environment constantly goes through the same challenges for the longest time. But, healing starts at home, at your front or back yard. Start creating a sustainable future, right in front your lawn..

Call us now for your lawn treatment and maintenance at 214-321-2847.