4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Lawn

With 2017 nearing its end, it is time to begin looking ahead to the New Year. More specifically, it is time to begin looking ahead to next spring and the upcoming growing season. We know keeping New Year’s resolutions can be tough, but when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy, green lawn, putting in the time and energy can prove very beneficial when next year rolls around. When the weather permits, the start of a new year can be an excellent time to get to work crafting and cultivating the lawn your home deserves. So with this in mind, the lawn care experts at Turf Shield have a few tips to help bring out the best in your yard next year and beyond.

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Lawn

Resolution #1: I Will Prioritize Aeration
Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy lawn. But over time the soil can become hard and compacted (especially for yards that experience heavy foot traffic). This can lead to grass being unable to absorb the nutrients it needs and your lawn becoming thin and infested with weeds. That’s why it’s so important to aerate your lawn. Aeration also helps avoid soil compaction and improves the ability of your grass to take in much-needed air, water, and nutrients. Additionally, aerating your lawn can help your grass develop strong, healthy roots to promote optimal lawn health over time.

Resolution #2: I Will Water Properly
How (and how often) you water your grass is among the most essential factors that affects the health of your lawn. Watering contributes to the development of deep, strong roots and healthy green grass. But only when it’s done right. Your yard will require about one inch of water per week to remain at peak health. This water should be delivered in one deep, heavy watering session; not a number of light sprinklings. Try to find a high-quality sprinkler that can evenly distribute water to your entire yard.

Resolution #3: I Will Mow Regularly
There is a common misconception that mowing the lawn is merely a cosmetic lawn treatment. However, this is far from the truth. We recommend not taking more than 1/3 of the leaf blade off while mowing. The longer the leaf is, the deeper the rooting system will be. This means your grass will have an easier time absorbing nutrients and water from the soil. Try to keep your blades sharp for a more precise cut. If need be, we also suggest having your mower blades sharpened by a professional in order to make sure they are up to snuff.

Resolution #4: I Will Make Time for Overseeding
Lastly, many lawns can benefit from overseeding treatment. Overseeding is a process in which grass seed is planted on pre-existing turf. This is commonly recommended for lawns with large, bare patches that result from insect infestations or drought conditions. Instead of waiting for these trouble spots to fix themselves, overseeding can be a great way to take charge and give your lawn the extra help it needs.

If you find yourself having problems sticking to your resolutions, you can always call on the lawn care professionals at Turf Shield. Our experts can custom tailor a lawn care plan to your specific yard to make sure your yard is receiving the best-possible treatment as we enter the New Year. For more information or to schedule a consultation please contact Turf Shield today and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more lawn care tips, updates and more.

Tips for Saving Water During Your Lawn Care

Tips for Saving Water During Your Lawn CareWater conservation is one of the many factors to consider for people trying to maintain a healthy, green lawn. This is especially true for those in hotter, dryer parts of the country whose yards may be subject to drought conditions. While saving water and tending to your grass may seem like a difficult juggling act, there are a number of simple actions homeowners can take in the yard to help save water and money. Check out the following tips from our lawn care experts on how you can keep your lawn healthy and hydrated while using less water.

Water Earlier in the Day

The first step in water conservation is making sure to water your grass early, deeply, and less frequently. By watering your lawn deeply, you will have a better chance to wet the entire root zone and encourage deeper root growth, which will help your grass tolerate mild to moderate drought conditions. In order to get this result, we recommend watering your lawn early in the morning (as early as 5 am) to help give the lawn enough time to absorb the moisture and avoid evaporation due to daytime heat.

Keep Your Mower Blades High & Sharp

Next, try raising the blades on your lawn mower anywhere between 25%-50%. If your lawn is cut too short, this can prevent the grass from effectively storing water that it needs to survive. Meaning, your lawn will inevitably need to be watered more frequently. It’s also important to keep the mower blades sharp by sharpening them about once a month. Duller blades will tear at the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, leading to the grass needing more water to effectively recover.

Make Sure to Aerate

Lastly, we highly recommend aerating your lawn. Aerating, or creating small holes in the soil, can help improve the flow of water reach the roots of your lawn. It works by loosening compacted soil. Once the soil is more loose, water and nutrients will have an easier time reaching the soil beneath the grass, where they can do the most good.

Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook for additional lawn care lawn care tips, news, and more. As you can see, these suggestions are minor alterations to your lawn care routine, not complete overhauls. However, these simple changes can go a very long way towards helping you cut back on your water usage and promoting the lush, green yard that you are striving for. If you have any questions or if you would like to speak with one of our lawn care professionals, please contact Turf Shield today.