Yard and lawn maintenance is much more complicated than it looks, especially for anyone who hasn’t done it before. When you see perfectly manicured landscaping, you can be sure that someone invested a significant amount of time, energy, and resources to achieve an idyllic lawn.
Know When to Water
It pays to take care of establishing a watering schedule. In Colorado Springs, homeowners should plan to water 1 or 2 times weekly, but always be flexible and remember to adjust based on natural precipitation. Each section of the lawn should get watered heavily at least twice a week. For best results, cycle and soak to avoid wasting water and creating runoff.
Avoid Overfertilizing To Avoid Problems
It’s easy to assume your lawn is thirsting for nutrients and that adding enormous amounts of fertilizer will help the grass grow. However, this can cause issues because a little bit of fertilizer goes a long way. To avoid burning out your lawn, follow the instructions from the manufacturer precisely.
Aeration Helps Packed Lawns
A healthy growing medium is one of the secret weapons of a beautiful lawn. Aeration helps break up packed soil, allowing plants and grass to grow, improving overall yard oxygenation. For best results, never aerate during extremely wet or dry conditions and penetrate the ground at least 30 millimeters by applying pressure.
Develop a Strategy to Combat Weeds
Weeds have a chilling effect on beautiful lawns. They grow even in the worst conditions! That’s why a prevention plan is needed to keep nasty intruders away. Bindweed, purslane, curly dock, bluegrass, cheatgrass, and green foxtail are common in Colorado. This foliage pops up everywhere, and the faster you deal with them, the better. Applying commercial weed and feed products can help to curtail and manage weed growth for a better-looking lawn.
It’s a Good Idea To Mow Frequently
Never make the mistake of procrastinating on lawn care.
Not only will you anger your neighbors, but you’ll also have the massive headache of having to cut through tall, dense grass. Ideally, it should never grow taller than three inches.
Factors like the season and weather conditions always must get considered. Your lawn is likely to have many different needs in the springtime than what it does in the autumn. Adjusting for these needs keeps your property looking fabulous all year long.
Always Be A Safe Equipment Operator
There is always the potential of injury when caring for your yard. Whether working with equipment like lawnmowers, chainsaws, and edgers or applying weed and feed, fertilizers, or other chemicals, you should use as many protective measures as possible. Even when the temperatures rise, wearing long pants and protective shoes when working on the lawn is recommended.
Having a perfect lawn is a “brag worthy” accomplishment but it comes at a price! However, the good news is that investing time, effort, and resources into a beautifully landscaped home can get anywhere from a 5% – 13% boost in home value compared to homes without landscaping.
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