The Grass is Always
Real estate experts all agree that the number one factor in
curb appeal is a lush green lawn. As a ground cover, turf grass
is the least expensive to install and maintain. Lawns provide a
transition between planting areas, play areas for kids, and
provide excellent erosion control.
Green lawns can also make your neighbors green with envy!
Did you ever wonder why healthy lawns seem to stay that way and
lawns that perform poorly seem to get worse?
Here are five key second help you to unlock the code to a
healthy vigorous lawn:
Soil - A thin weedy lawn can be an
indication of poor soil construction. Too much sand will drain
too quickly and cause the grass seed to dry out while the weeds
thrive. Too much clay in the soil can present drainage problems
As a general rule of thumb, if 50% of your lawn is not
desirable turf grass then it's best to remove the existing
topsoil and start over. Take several core samples down to 6
inches and observe the composition of the soil. If the soil is
is a good mixture of silt sand and clay, then it may be
possible to renovate the lawn through overseeding and chemical
Water - Adequate water is critical to
the performance of a healthy lawn. Often times homeowners that
do not have lawn irrigation systems will recognize the symptoms
of a drought too late. The idea in watering lawns should be
regular, deep watering.
Lawns should receive 1 inch of water every 5 to 7 days. To
find out how much an inch of water is, place a 13" x 9" cake
tin in the path of the sprinkler and measure the depth. Deep
watering will encourage deep roots to help the turf endure
periods of drought.
An automated lawn irrigation system is perhaps the
best investment you can make in
Hand watering can be erratic--watering too much in some
areas, or not enough or often enough in others, wasting time
and water. Irrigation systems can be programmed to come on in
different quantities at different times for different zones. It
gives you the peace of mind knowing that the
lawn is receiving the right amount of water everyday.