Here at Palm Coast Pest Control, we off a variety of lawn care services including spraying for insects, fungus, weeds, fire ants and fertilizing. Caring for your lawn though requires other aspects too, like correct mowing and watering. A lot of times doing those incorrectly can make problems like pests, fungus and weeds arise. Let’s take a deep dive into what you can do to help care for your lawn.
When it comes to mowing, you should mow your lawn weekly with the blades up 2 inches. Though short grass can look visibly appealing, having too short of grass creates a stressed lawn, as it makes it more vulnerable to fungus and weeds. Doing this makes the lawn weak and sparse and exposes soil. Exposed soil allows weeds to take root as well as allows sunlight to reach weed seedlings which gives them a boost.
If the lawn is cut consistently too short the lawn will develop a poor root system, which makes it more susceptible to serious damage from drought and high temperatures. Always make sure to keep your mower blade sharp to get clean cuts. A dull blade tears grass, creating jagged, uneven edges. These tears create openings for pests and diseases to enter grass blades. Lawns that have been cut with a dull blade develops a whitish or brown hue as the tips of the individual grass blades die back. The act of mowing creates a lot of stress on grass plants. Mowing during hot parts of the day causes grass plants to lose more water and recover much slower than if you mow in the cooler part of the day.
On average lawns, you need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week to stay lush and green, from either rain or irrigation. How often your lawn needs to drink depends on soil type, sunlight and grass type. You should water deeper and less frequent irrigation is best. This encourages grass to grow deep roots.
Explore your yards soil type to make the most effective lawn irrigation decisions. If you see puddling each time you water your soil likely has a high clay content. This type of soil can’t absorb water quickly, but instead requires repeated, shorter watering cycles. On the plus side clay soil retains water longer than sandy soil, which needs more frequent watering.
Grass growing in shade uses less water than a sun-bathed lawn. In general, you can water shady lawn areas less frequently than sunny ones. The exception though is grass growing beneath a tree. In these shady spots, the lawn is competing with the tree roots for available moisture. You may need to water these shady lawn areas more frequently than ones that are shaded by a structure.
Remember to water deeply to encourage deep roots. Newly sodded or seeded lawns need more irrigation than established turf. In most cases new sod lawns require daily watering in the first week, and you should keep up daily watering until you have mowed the grass at least once.
It can be a science when caring for your lawn, but with Palm Coast Pest Control by your side we can produce the best results!