When treating lawns, there are many steps in order to maintain a healthy and green lawn. Here at Mow & Grow, our lawn care experts want to make sure you’re not just simply watering your lawn, but that you’re caring for it properly with specialised lawn care plans.
Understand Your Grass
There are two different types of grasses; cool-season and warm-season grasses. Both of which require their own distinct maintenance. Warm-season and cool-season grasses are sometimes mixed in lawns, especially if you reside in a transition zone.
Cool-season grasses are best adapted to growing in cool and damp conditions; spending the majority of their growing season in late spring and early summer. In a good summer, growth rates will slow down in the middle of the season, followed by another growth burst in late summer/early autumn. Cool-season grasses have evolved to thrive in temperatures ranging from 15°C to 24°C. These include: Agrostis (Bent grasses) and Poa (Meadow grasses).
On the other hand, warm-season grasses are best adapted to temperatures between 27° and 35°. They thrive in the warmest months of the year, but can become dormant and even injured in the winter. This occurs when the temperature drops below 10 degrees and the entire lawn turns yellow.
Work with a lawn care company to find a suitable lawn treatment plan specific to your type of grass. Find out our specialised seasonal lawn treatments here.
Get a Soil Test
Poorly maintained soil is the source of many lawn care issues. The key to maintaining a healthy lawn is understanding what type of soil you have and what nutrients are lacking. When testing, look for levels of acidity and alkalinity.
The pH level is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. Too much or too little acidity or alkalinity can harm your lawn, so be sure you have a good balance of the two. The pH level of your soil should be about 6.5 if you’re intending to produce plants or veggies.
These testing kits are available online and at various gardening centres. Or, why not find out from a lawn care professional who understands treating lawns.
Aeration helps to prevent or eliminate lawn thatch and debris, which can cause good grass to dry up. It also gets rid of moss plants. Aeration ensures appropriate circulation and provides water, air, and nutrients to your soil. Underground roots may not have access to the oxygen or water they require to breathe and survive if this lawn treatment is not applied.
It is important to perform lawn aeration in the spring or early summer if your garden has warm-season grass, or in autumn if you have cool-season lawn turf. Consider using a lawn care company that will use professional techniques for a more thorough treatment. For more information on our lawn aeration services, click here.
You can thicken your grass by spreading grass seeds over a freshly mowed lawn. Overseeding once a year can help lawns recover and fill in bare places with new grass. Before overseeing, remove any clippings or debris to allow the seeds to reach the soil. Then, fill a spreader with the seeds and follow the grass instructions.
We recommend only overseeding in either spring or autumn for optimised results. For more information on our overseeding and other lawn renovations, click here.
Mow & Grow is a lawn care company that puts its customers first. With years of experience in treating lawns, we focus on delivering high-quality services to transform gardens into spaces for relaxation. Based in the Northamptonshire area, we provide local landscaping in towns such as Kettering and Wellingborough. From the initial free consultation to final constructions; we will guarantee you will be happy with the ending piece.