SUMMER LAWN CARE TIPS

HARD SOIL:
Heavy clay soils are difficult to grow a healthy lawn in. Clay restricts the water from reaching the root zone. Aerating, or plugging is the most effective way to relieve soil compaction. Aeration removes small cores of soil from the turf, making it easier for water and fertilizer to reach the grass roots. Having your lawn aerated once a year will reduce compaction and thatch build-up while giving your grass roots room to expand.

TURF GRASS:
In order for the turf grass to thrive, it requires proper installation and ongoing care. It has to be watered, mowed and fertilized on a regular basis. In addition, there needs to be weed and insect control and annual aeration of the soil. It is also a good idea to test the pH level of the soil on an annual basis. You may need to apply lime to bring the soil into proper balance.


COMPOSTING GARDENING:

Why compost? Composting preserves landfill space. Approximately 18 percent of the annual national municipal solid waste generated in the U.S. each year is made up of yard wastes. An even greater percentage occurs in the peak months of yard waste production. When these wastes are taken to landfills, they contribute to problems of methane gas, acidic leachate, and settling difficulties at the disposal facilities. Diverting these wastes from landfills reduces waste collection and disposal costs.

LAWN WATERING TIPS:
Beautiful yards use less water than you might think. When you use water wisely, you can provide your lawn and landscape plants with the water they need. It just takes some common sense and watering know-how.

The two biggest mistakes homeowners make when watering their lawn are using too much water and watering at inappropriate times. Lawns need far less water than most homeowners assume: an inch or two each week is more than sufficient for the most luxurious lawns.

To make the most of lawn maintenance and watering, it is vital to water at appropriate times. The best time to water is in the late evening, after the sun has set, or during the early morning when the air is coolest. Furthermore, the lawn can drink best if the water is added all at once. Watering for a longer length of time on fewer days allows the deeper roots a sufficient drink and will easily sustain a healthy lawn.