The rain we’ve been having the past few weeks has definitely helped the lawns around town recover a bit from the winter season. Driving around, I’ve admired many a lawns with their emerald green coloring and stunning flower gardens. But it isn’t only rain that makes these lawns look as great as they do, usually takes a bit of work on the homeowner’s part as well. Many of my clients have contractors or lawn people who they hire out to take care of everything and to keep their yard looking perfect all through the summer. But many of my clients like to do it themselves and for them I have some tips on how to keep their lawn healthy and their flowers blooming when the weather is rainy and cool and when it gets hot and dry.
Fertilize your lawn – This is imperative to do especially after your hard has had to sit through the harsh winter weather conditions. Lawn fertilizing promotes lush growth, prevents invasive weeds and also strengthens roots. When looking for fertilizer, look for these three nutrients: potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus and organic and synthetic lawn fertilizers are really healthy for your lawn I would recommend going with those.
TLC – You may notice dead patches or bare spots in your yard due to weeds. Make sure to remove as many weeds from your yard as you can before the seasons start to really chance. For large patches sometimes sod is a good option otherwise sow grass seed.
Don’t mow too low – Many people like to mow their lawns quite low but experts now say that it is better to keep the mowing level a bit on the higher side and to mow more frequently (but who really wants to mow more frequently?) J Mowing a lawn on the shorter side can put stress on the grass and causes the roots to now grow as deep decreasing its ability to resist pests and weeds.
Water in the morning – When the sun helps dry the grass out (and boy do we have some hot sun) it actually helps take prolonged moisture off the blades which can cause disease on the grass.
Spot train your dog – Many a people own dogs in Denver and with dogs comes dead spots on your lawn. If you can train your dog to go in a certain area such as a mulch area, you can save yourself the burden of having to try and regrow grass in those discolored spots.
Gardens love natural compost – fertilizing your garden with kitchen and yard waste is one of the healthiest ways to feed it. Make sure you read about what consists of composting materials before you make a compost pile in your yard but trust me, your garden will be healthy as a horse with this combination.
There are many ways to keep your lawn healthy this spring but just remember, natural and organic are more the way to go when it comes to nature.