Lawn Care Tips?
Need help keeping that grass green? Are you selling your home and it doesn’t look so good? Or have you just moved into a home and inherited a lawn that needs some help? It’s true, a lush, green lawn does not come naturally, particularly in North Carolina. Without proper irrigation and fertilization the grass will not thrive. Why? Fertilizer feeds the grass its nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.. While soil does naturally contain these nutrients, the soil is depleted over time. Heathy, fertilized grass will have strong root systems which filter out impurities such as those found in runoff. Here are a few tips for a lush green lawn:
- Determine which of the two types of grass your lawn consists of. The warm season grass (Bermudagrass) turns brown while dormant in the fall after the frost until spring when the lawn turns green again. The cool season grass (fescue) stays green all year although in the heat of summer may show signs of stress.
- What times of year you fertilize your lawn depends on the type of grass you have growing in your lawn. Bermudagrass should be fertilized while the lawn is green – in the summer months. Fescue grass should be fertilized in the spring and fall. Avoid fertilizing in the hot, summer months.
Still not sure how to fertilize your lawn? Here are a couple more lawn care tips:
- Bermudagrass does not require daily watering. 1 or 2 times per week is sufficient. It should be cut short to a height of 1″ using a reel mower in order to avoid damaging the grass blades. Fertilize Bermudagrass three times in a year. First, apply fertilizer in spring after the danger of frost (mid March to early April). Next, fertilize a second time in mid July. A third application should be in August or September. Do not apply any fertilizer in the dormant (winter months). For detailed information on fertilizing your Bermudagrass read this article.
- Tall fescue will require frequent watering in the heat of summer and should be cut no lower than 3″. A fescue lawn should be fertilized 4 times a year. Twice in the fall – September and November and twice in the spring – late February and late April. Avoid fertilizing in the summer when the lawn is stressed from the heat. Spread the fertilizer on dry grass and when it rains the fertilizer will begin to feed the lawn. For detailed information on how to determine which fertilizer to purchase for your lawn read this article on Fescue Fertilizing.