Every grass species has an optimum height to ensure a healthy lawn. Maintaining the proper height is important for the roots of the grass and helps shield the ground from excessive heat from the sun during summer months. A homeowner should never take off more than a third of the total height of the grass. Cutting more than this increases the chances of the lawn drying out prematurely, disease or burning.
Proper irrigation times, frequency and length of each cycle are critical for maintaining a healthy yard. The best times to water, regardless of the region of your area, is during the early morning hours. By setting irrigation or sprinkler timers for these times ensures that the water has time to penetrate to the roots through the blades of grass and soil before the afternoon heat arrives.
Watering later in the day may be wasting water due to the afternoon heat which dries the lawn quickly and increases evaporation. This may also be a waste of water as it is usually very windy during the afternoon than early morning which may blow the water spray away. Irrigating the lawn is not mostly recommended during the evening hours. The reason is that with the cooler temperatures of the evening together with wet conditions will increase the likelihood of molds or fungus.
The other component of maintaining up a vibrant and healthy lawn is the proper application of fertilizer and using the correct type. Weed-and-feed fertilizers are quite popular, but the homeowner needs to know the different types. There is none that fits all weed-and-feed fertilizer for all grass species. Always select the correct type. The timing of the fertilizer application can also make the difference between a lawn filled with weeds and a yard which is free from weeds.
There are ways with which you can save money on irrigation costs:
1. Using an automatic lawn irrigation systems: These systems can be costly upfront, but they will save you a significant amount of both money and time in the long run, especially when it comes to conservation of water.
2. Using drip irrigation.
3. Using rainwater: use gutters to tap rain water and use that water to irrigate your lawn.
Don't have the time or patience to irrigate your lawn? Call us at CDA LAWN CARE (208-215-3992).