Blue Water Irrigation and Lawn Care wants your landscape
to look its best. The following tips will help you learn more about your property's maintenance requirements.
Proper watering procedures help maintain lawn color, resilience and proper root development.
A lawn should be watered regularly, before it has a chance to wilt and turn brown. To ensure proper watering procedures, follow
these simple instructions: Be aware of early signs of wilt. Two common signs of wilt are grass leaves that have a bluish green
cast caused by folded grass leaves or footprints that stay in the lawn instead of bouncing back up. Apply enough water to
wet the soil to a depth of approximately 6-8 inches. A soil probe may be used to check moisture depth. To maintain a soil
moisture depth of 6-8'', a water rate of 1'' to 2'' of per week is required. You can place open cans in the sprinkler pattern
to determine the amount of water being applied. Water may be applied any time of day, but morning watering is usually most
efficient. This is due to the higher humidity, negligible wind and wetness caused by dew which usually accompanies this time
of day. Night watering is not recommended as it encourages disease and insect development.
practices are critical to the appearance of your lawn. If you follow these general guidelines you can increase the health
and appearance of your lawn. Make sure your blade is sharp. A lawn mowed with a dull blade appears gray shortly after mowing
and the tips turn brown within 48 hours. Cut often enough to remove no more than 1/3 of the grass blade. This will help avoid
scalping, which puts the grass under stress and reduces its vigor. Mowing at the correct height also shades the soil, which
keeps temperatures lower for optimum growth. You may leave clippings if you mow often enough. The grass clippings will recycle
nutrients back into the soil and do not contribute to thatch build up.
Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed
stems, roots and other plant parts that build up between the grass blades and the soil in your lawn. It acts like mulch to
insulate and protect the grass plants. However, if there is too much thatch, 1/2'' or more, it can cause problems for your
lawn. Thick thatch can act as a barrier to air, water and fertilizer. It also harbors disease and insects. The following things
are important to control thatch in your lawn:
Core aeration: Core aerating is the process of removing small plugs
from your lawn. This process allows more air, moisture and fertilizer.
Proper soil pH: Proper soil pH encourages microbes
that break down thatch.
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn not only reduces the problem of limited
landfill space; it also provides many benefits for you and your lawn. Grasscycling is recommended for the following reasons:
Improved lawn quality. Decaying grass clippings release valuable nutrients, which improve the soil and feed the grass
plants. This helps you enjoy a greener, healthier lawn.
Save time. A recent study in the Southwest found that homeowners
who quit bagging grass saved an average of seven hours of yard work at the end of six months.
Clippings don't cause
thatch. Thatch is caused by the build-up of roots, stolons and other plant material. It has been found that leaving clippings
on the lawn contributes less than 1/16'' to the thatch layer each year.
All mowers can grasscycle. No special equipment
Grasscycling is an environmentally responsible practice. Landscape waste, including grass clippings, accounts
for almost 20% of all curbside waste. Grasscycling provides an environmentally important opportunity for you to participate
in reducing landfill volume.
Before beginning corrective steps following a drought, a professional diagnosis
of the type and extent of damage should be made. Drought conditions weaken the root system, resulting in the grass turning
brown. Insect damage and lawn diseases that attack the surviving roots, often compound the problem. After a Summer drought,
it is essential that you provide a proper combination of nitrogen, phosphorous, potash, iron, and micronutrients to help develop
a strong root system over the Winter. This will help your lawn get off to a good start in the Spring with less threat of weeds,
insects or diseases. If the entire lawn has been seriously thinned, reseeding may be necessary to restore your lawn to optimum
Pruning landscape plantings is a useful way to control growth and repair damage. Minor pruning
can be done at any time of the year; major pruning projects should be done in the early Spring before new growth begins. Flowering
bushes should be pruned shortly after blooms fall. Plants injured by storms, accidents or vandalism should be pruned to remove
damaged areas as soon as possible. Pruning should be done on dry days, when limbs and twigs are dry. After trimming diseased
plants, tools should be disinfected to prevent transferring the infection to healthy plants.
around the base of plants has many benefits including retention of soil moisture and prevention of heat loss. However, when
applying mulch, one should be careful not to use too much. Check to see that it is not smothering the base of plantings and
is not more than 4 inches high in the beds. The key symptoms that indicate over-mulching are off-color foliage, small leaves,
poor twig growth and tieback of older branches. Over-mulching can cause many problems if not corrected in a timely manner.
Fertilizer promotes root development and increased turf density. Throughout the year, applications
of fertilizer perform assorted duties for your lawn. Quality lawn care materials must be selected and formulation and application
instructions need to be followed. Lawn care materials, whether purchased by the homeowner or applied by a professional, must
be applied in accordance with the EPA registered label instructions on the product. Keep your family and pets off the lawn
until the lawn care materials have been watered into the soil and the lawn is completely dry.
the pH level of your soil is properly balanced, your lawn is healthier and applications of fertilizer are more effective.
The soil pH, controlled with lime or sulfur, will make nutrients more available, allowing fertilizers to work efficiently
to provide a long-lasting, deep-green lawn. Proper pH levels promote favorable growing conditions, which encourage hardy plants
that are less susceptible to damage. To have your soil pH checked by a professional please contact Blue Water.When the pH
level of your soil is properly balanced, your lawn is healthier and applications of fertilizer are more effective. The soil
pH, controlled with lime or sulfur, will make nutrients more available, allowing fertilizers to work efficiently to provide
a long-lasting, deep-green lawn. Proper pH levels promote favorable growing conditions which encourage hardy plants that are
less susceptible to damage. To have your soil pH checked by a professional please contact Blue Water.