Taking care of your lawn doesn’t stop at having healthy grass and soil. You still need proper maintenance to keep it looking perfect.
But how do you do that?
There are primary components you need to consider and perform to maintain a healthy yard.
You might be doing several now, but learning about a few new methods will pay off with abundant rewards all summer and fall.
It may require time and effort, but the results will be worth it.
So, buckle up, and let’s learn the seven major elements of lawn maintenance!
1. Hydrating and Watering
This is extremely basic but very essential. It keeps your grass and soil hydrated for healthier leaves and roots.
Generally, you should water your lawn heavily, especially during periods of little to no rain. This is more ideal than watering lightly because the liquid may not reach the soil.
Hydrate your lawn enough to soak at least 6 inches deep, so roots can grow and hold strong in the ground.
The amount of hydration may vary depending on the soil though.
When do you water? As soon as your grass begins to dry.
You’ll know this when the leaves start to turn bluish-gray and are less bouncy.
Step on the grass and see if the blades spring back in a few seconds. If not, they need water.
The best time to hydrate is always early in the morning or close to sunset, as water doesn’t evaporate easily when the sun is not as strong.
Adding nutrients to the soil is also crucial for healthy grass. The ground will naturally give nutrients to the grass, but it still needs help through fertilizers.
This is especially true when you mow regularly because grass grows quickly, which requires more nutrients.
You can choose from using granular or liquid fertilizers.
Regardless, you still need water to activate or apply them properly.
For a quicker and easier application, we recommend using any of our powered sprayers.
You can choose from backpack to cart ones, such as our HD4000, HD3000, HD4100, HD4050, LT-PRO, or HD5000, depending on the size of your yard or your patience level!
Mowing is important in reducing the root’s workload in providing nutrients and hydration.
With a large culm, grass will need more water and nutrients from the roots.
This is why regular mowing is crucial.
Another benefit of mowing is it promotes thicker grass.
When the blades are cut, grass grows new ones to take in sunlight. This activity encourages a thicker lawn, increasing its resistance to diseases and weeds.
The growing season is the best time to mow. Make sure not to cut the leaves too short as this will weaken the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight.
Cut a third of the leaves only, not more. Ideally, warm-season grass needs 2 or 2.5 inch high blades, while cold-season ones require 3 inches.
This shouldn’t take more time once your lawn is already established. Your grass will be very competitive against weeds.
However, if you’re seeing that weeds are already crowding your lawn, it’s a sign that your grass is weaker than the weeds around it.
There are several reasons for this. To name a few, your soil might be deficient in nutrients, or you’ve cut the grass too short.
You can pull out each strand of weed from your lawn, but if there are too many, you’ll need the help of an herbicide.
Make sure to get a product with organic or less harmful ingredients.
To beef up the effectiveness of your herbicide, we suggest trying our Sprayer’s Surfactant for Herbicides!
It helps the treatment stick to plants better for greater efficacy. It’s also non-toxic and safe to use around people, pets, and plants.
You’ll see a collection of thatch around the grass base. Typically, thatch is made up of crowns and culms that died naturally.
A small amount of this layer of material is good for the grass as it retains water for the plant.
However, if there is too much, around ¼”- ½” thick, it will already prevent water and air from getting into the soil.
You can rake the thatch to get rid of the excess or tackle it the easier way by using our Liquid Lawn Dethatcher.
It’s super effective in reducing the amount of thatch by energizing soil microbes to feed and digest the material. It’s also safe around people, pets, and plants.
Compacted soil may happen if there are constant foot traffic and heavy machinery frequently on your lawn.
It doesn’t allow air to reach the roots for healthy grass growth.
You’ll see signs of compacted soil such as bare or thin spots and the pooling of water in some areas.
Perform some aeration to your lawn when you see these signs.
You can try using manual or liquid aeration, but PetraTools recommends using the latter as it’s easier, quicker, and more cost-effective.
We offer a powerful Liquid Aerator that you can easily apply to your lawn! It’s super effective in breaking compacted and clay soil to promote proper aeration.
Maintaining a healthy lawn also requires the right products that are effective and safe to use.
This is why PetraTools is here! From our liquid lawn aerator to lawn dethatcher, you’ll have product options and advice from lawn pros, all in one place. Our awesome customer service reps are always just a phone call away.