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Tips & Tricks
Fertilizing and Watering Tips
Since fertilization is one of the most important factors for getting a green lawn, let's review some basic facts about lawn fertilizers. If you've ever purchased lawn fertilizer in a bag, you may have noticed as set of numbers such as 20-5-10 or 10-10-10. What these numbers are telling you is how much nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium is contained in that particular mix. Each number is a percentage of the mix. Nitrogen is the first number which affects how green your lawn can be. To help the root and seedling develop, phosphorous is the second number. Finally, the third number tells you how much potassium is in the mix, which determines disease and drought tolerance.
Watering your lawn is also a crucial part of keeping your lawn healthy and green. Here are a few tips to make the most of watering you do:
- Watering earlier in the day is better than later in most places. Around noon, when the sun is highest, much of the water will evaporate before it has a chance to seep into the soil. Doing it later in the day or evening puts your lawn and grass at risk of disease because they'll usually stay wet overnight.
- Deep root growth is what you want in your lawn, and one of the ways to achieve it is to water your lawn less often but more deeply. If you water your lawn too often, your lawn's roots will be encouraged to grow shallow and broad instead of deep into the soil.
Lawn Mowing Tips
The amount of grass that you cut with each mowing will depend on the type of grass and current level of growth. When you mow, you don't want to cut more than a third of the grass in one mowing. That said, grasses like zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, and centipedegrass need close mowing to stay as healthy as possible. Allowing these types of grasses to grow too high puts it at risk of thatch development.
Basic Tree Care Tips
Avoid using a lawn mower or a weedeater too close to the base of your trees and shrubs. Contact from the blades or line could damage them and affect their health.
Often, people have trouble with their ornamental trees and shrubs because they did something incorrect during a transplant. Avoid planting them too deep, to shallow, too high, or in the wrong place to give them the best chance at healthy growth.
If you put mulch around your trees and shrubs, take care not to make it more than 3 inches deep. Shallow roots can be the result of too much mulch as it increases moisture while decreasing air and gas exchange.