Grass is the biggest part of your landscaping. You want your yard to be aesthetically pleasing and still be sufficient for how you use your lawn. If you need help removing lawn moles and other pests, or just some tips on basic lawn care trouble shooting, you’ve come to the right place. The Resourceful Remodeler knows exactly what to do!
HOW TO CARE FOR A NEW SOD LAWN
Knowing when and how to water is the most important thing when learning how to care for a new sod lawn. You will want to water a half-inch twice a day for the first 2-3 days. This should be followed by 3-4 days of a single half-inch watering each day. If high temperatures are consistently above 80 degrees you should increase this step to 8-10 days.
During the third week of growth decrease the watering frequency to every other day while increasing the amount of water to one inch.
Week three is also about the right time to mow your sod. It should be cut when it’s 4-5 inches in length. Be careful not to cut the lawn shorter than three inches in this early stage.
From week four on you should water the grass 2-3 times per week cutting the grass about once a week. At one month you should put down the first fertilizer treatment recommended for your grass.
Lawn fertilization is a key component of keeping your grass green and healthy. You should fertilize your lawn 3-4 times a year; once prior to peak growing season (typically spring), once or twice in the middle of the season and one more time at the end of the growing season.
Lawn aeration prior to the last fertilization of the year can help encourage growth.
Proper fertilization helps your lawn germinate faster. This means it stays greener longer and establishes a strong root system to make it through times that are harsh on grass.
Mowing your lawn is one of the most important parts of lawn care. It is also the most often overlooked. To many people it’s a chore, but that chore can help encourage a strong, healthy lawn. The Resourceful Remodeler has compiled these lawn maintenance tips so you can get the most out of your mowing!
- Cut your lawn in various patterns. If you go the same direction every time, you will create ruts in your lawn.
- Always cut grass to the proper height for the type of grass you have. Most lawns should be cut to around three inches. Cutting the grass too short can diminish its root system. Leaving it too long can prevent water and sunlight from reaching all parts of the grass causing it to thin out.
- Mulching the grass clippings from the mower and allowing them to fall back to the soil is like a natural fertilizer for your lawn. It returns much needed nutrients to the soil for the grass to absorb again.
IDENTIFYING LAWN PROBLEMS
Weeds are the most common find when identifying lawn problems. Weeds are plants that are simply growing where you don’t want them to grow. They usually grow in places that have been mowed too short. This allows enough nutrients to get through to the soil to allow them to grow. Combining an herbicide with your fertilizer should help keep your lawn healthy and weed free all year round.
LAWN PEST CONTROL
Nothing can cause lawn problems like all the critters running around in our yards. Identifying and removing lawn moles, gophers and harmful insects is a necessity for any lawn care trouble shooting guide. They kill grass and leave bare spots where they tunnel and burrow through your yard.
Vertebra pests are usually easily detected because they leave visible flaws in your lawn from tunneling. Insects are harder to detect. One good way to detect insects is the drench test. This is done by mixing 2-4 tablespoons with one gallon of water. Then use the mixture to saturate the area you believe to be insect infested. Wait about 10 minutes and watch for insects to surface. If they do, you probably have a problem that needs treatment.
There are several methods you can use in dealing with lawn pests. For small mammals such as gophers and squirrels, there are many different types of poisons and live traps you can use. Most hardware stores and lawn and garden centers will carry a variety of solutions for you.
Insects can be a lawn problem because they usually go undetected in lawn care. Brown patches of grass starting to form and grow in area whenever you have insects. Usually these problems are resolved simply by ensuring your lawn has the proper watering and fertilization. If you need, you can over seed the area. Often times that alone will deter insects from invading your lawn.
MUSHROOMS AND FAIRY RINGS
If you’re concerned with your lawns care, fairy rings and mushrooms could be a primary issue. The two problems usually go hand in hand.
A fairy ring is a circle in the grass naturally caused by biological agents and fungi.
If you see a circle in your grass, you can expect mushrooms to be there before long. One thing you can try is placing rhubarb leaves over the area. You’ll need to replace them as they dry out, but in about two weeks your fairy ring should be gone.
You could also try sprinkling ground corn meal around the infected area. The fungus within the corn meal causes the fairy ring fungus to die.