There are several important steps to take to make your lawn lush and healthy.
Start with good soil:
- The soil should have a good texture
- The soil should have the right pH level (see our bulletin on Soil Testing below)
- The soil should have the proper mix of nutrients
Select a grass variety that does well in your climate but also consider:
- The water and nutrient requirements
- Resistance to pests
- Tolerance for sun or shade
- The amount of traffic the grass will have
Mow high and often:
- Keep the grass longer. When the grass is longer, there is greater leaf surface to take in more sunlight. This helps the grass grow thicker and develop a deeper root system.
- Longer grass also keeps the soil cooler helping to keep in moisture and making it more difficult for weeds to creep in.
- Most turf grasses do well when maintained at 2½ to 3½ inches.
Thirsty lawns are dry and dying lawns:
- Proper watering is the vital to success of any lawn. We recommend installing a cost-effective irrigation system to take the guesswork out of the watering process.
- Temperature, time of day, and length of watering are all important considerations in a proper watering plan.
Carry out a solid maintenance program:
- A solid maintenance program is preventative health care maintenance for lawns and plants. Organic landscape management works with nature to combat and prevent weeds, pests, and disease problems.