Some homeowners aren’t so great when it comes to the upkeep of their property. The lawn is always a little too long, and the house could really use a new paint job. Other homeowners will do enough to maintain the look and keep a reasonable appearance, but they might not have the time or the inclination to do much more than that. Then there is the third category of homeowner. Not a shingle out of place, landscaping is always looking good, and it’s obvious that whoever lives there takes pride in their home.
Maybe that’s you. Maybe you want to be that type, but you’re not sure how to step up your lawn care game to the next level. Not a problem! At The Prestige Lawn Care, we’ve been caring for everything from humble lawns to elaborate greenery for years. When it comes to the regular upkeep of your property, there are a few things you can do to make it stand out from the rest. Read on for some common sense tips.
- Mowing the lawn is important, but how you mow is what really matters. Start by cutting 2 strips around the perimeter, then follow up with cutting in straight lines that are perpendicular to the perimeter. Every other instance that you mow, try to alter the pattern. During growing season, get into the habit of cutting the grass weekly so that you only remove up to ⅓ of the grass blades.
- Your lawn can’t look its best if your lawnmower isn’t operating at peak proficiency. Get into the habit of sharpening the blades once per season. Before you start mowing, check the oil, and be sure to change the oil every season. How do you know your mower is working well? It should be able to cut wet grass and easily pick up clippings.
- To really make your lawn eye-popping, take the time to edge your turf. By creating a distinctive edge, you not only have a separation between flower beds and the lawn, as well as a look that’s clean. It doesn’t matter if you use a gas-powered edger or a weedeater, both will get the job done just fine. Be sure to edge after every other mow.
- If your lawn is healthy, weeds won’t be too much of a problem. Having said that, they can show up from time to time. When they do, either yank them out by hand or use a selective herbicide. With a non-selective herbicide, you run the risk of killing the grass surrounding the weed. Also, fertilizers with weed control can create issues since they deposit far more herbicide into the lawn area than is really necessary. During every mow, take a little time to pull weeds. If you do that, you’ll never end up with a weed infestation.
- Is moss a recurring issue for you? You’re likely seeing it in places with lots of shade and areas where the soil isn’t helping to create healthy grass. If possible, try pruning to reduce shade and let in more sunlight. If the shade can’t be removed, consider getting rid of the grass and replacing it with shade-tolerant plants. In order to get rid of moss, liquid iron will kill it. However, don’t let the iron get on hard surfaces since it can effectively stain.