5 Ways To Save On Lawn Care

Only 5 Simple Steps to Follow

To maintain your lawn, yard and landscape we suggest 5 ways to save on lawn care.  A beautiful yard is peaceful, colorful and offers a serenity to home.

compost

Add compost. This will improve your soil and eliminate pests and diseases, which means less money spent on fertilizer and water. Apply a quarter-inch of top-dressing compost once or twice a year, including right after your lawn has greened up. Going over the lawn with an aerator first will help mix the organic matter into the soil.

Water-wise

Water wisely. An established lawn needs about 1 inch of water per week in the growing season. A light daily watering will encourage shallow root systems. Instead, water thoroughly once a week, using a 1-inch deep empty tuna can as a makeshift measuring device. Early morning is best, say before 8 a.m., when evaporation rates are low and more water is absorbed into the soil. Also, don’t be afraid to let grass turn brown during dry spells. Most species can easily go a month without water. It’s time to water again when the grass goes from tan-brown to straw-colored.

grass-mulch

Mulch, don’t bag. Your grass clippings are a free source of slow-release fertilizer, so let the mower discharge the clippings back onto your grass rather than bagging them. This can cut fertilizer costs by up to 30 percent. The only time to bag clippings is when your lawn is having a disease breakout, often signaled by irregular brown patches or rings in the lawn.

Zoysia

Use low-maintenance grasss. Slow-growth, drought-resistant grass species save water, fertilizer, and time. Your local cooperative extension can help you find species that are right for your climate, soil, and lifestyle. Tall fescue is a low-maintenance alternative in the Northeast that can withstand heavy foot traffic, good for homes with active kids. Zoysia and seashore paspalum are easygoing newcomers in the South, while buffalo grass is popular west of the Mississippi.

blade replacement

Maintain your mower or tractor. Sharp blades cut cleaner and faster, and along with basic engine maintenance can reduce fuel costs by up to 25 percent. Dull blades also stress grass, making it more susceptible to disease. For best results, sharpen and balance the blade three times during the growing season.

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Special Care and Watering New Sod

new sod grass watering tipsSod installation is an excellent way to improve the appearance and health of your yard. It also represents a significant investment, so you want to be sure you do everything just right to ensure the success of your new grass. In this article, we will share some smart tips for special care and watering of new sod.

Before laying out your new sod you must carefully prepare the area where it will go. Begin by tilling the soil to a depth of approximately five inches. Smooth the soil and make sure that the surface angles downhill from your home. This will prevent having water back up around and under your foundation when you water and/or when it rains. If there are low spots in the soil, fill them in with some sandy loam. Once all this is done, add an application of slow release fertilizer. Don’t water the soil at this point. Wait until after you have laid the sod.

Sod Watering Tips

When you do put your sod in place, you should water it within half an hour of putting the first piece in place. This may mean you will need to do your sod laying in shifts or keep a sprinkler running as you work to water along behind you as you go. Your first watering should be very generous. You should have a sprinkler set on low watering each area for a couple of hours before moving on. An underground irrigation system will make this initial watering much easier and much more thorough because it will make it possible to deliver water at a higher gallon per minute (GPM) rate than simply using a sprinkler.

Once your sod laying is all done, you should continue to keep your new sod well-watered. Early morning watering is best. Watch closely to make sure your sod does not dry out. If your area is very hot and dry, you may need to follow up with an afternoon watering. Follow this generous watering schedule for the first couple of weeks or until you are sure the sod has firmly gripped the soil. Once this happens, you can reduce your watering schedule to alternating days.

Mowing on Sod

Once your grass has taken root, you can start mowing with a push mower. Do not use a riding mower until your grass has been in place for several months and is very well established. You should mow fairly high and infrequently at first. Don’t remove more than a third of the grass blade, and only mow every couple of weeks until the grass is fully established.

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Types of Grass for New Sod

This slideshow will give you a brief explanation of the different types of grass used for new sod in lawn care projects. You should know the difference between warm season grasses and cold season grasses before choosing which type of grass is better for your yard. Warm season grasses would be preferred in Texas.

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