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5 Preventative Lawn Care Tips

5 Preventative Lawn Care Tips

Carrying out preventative health care for your lawn, just as you would for your body, will build it into a healthy lawn that can fend off attacks from most weeds and pests. The following are some important, yet simple preventative lawn care maintenance tips.

Preventative Lawn Care Tip #1: Choose the Right Grass Type for Your Area

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Grass that is well adapted for your area will grow better and resist local disease and pests better. There are new varieties of grass every year. To find the best grass for your area, contact your county extension agent: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/.

Remember grass doesn’t grow well everywhere

Don’t waste your time fighting it if the grass doesn’t grow well in all spots of your yard. For example, under a spruce tree, decorative mulch or shade-loving plants that are tolerant of acidic soils can be a better choice.

Preventative Lawn Care Tip #2: Water Your Lawn Slowly, Deeply and Less Frequently

Proper watering will allow your grass to grow deeper roots making it less vulnerable to drought. Water early in the morning to avoid moisture loss through evaporation. Water deeply and infrequently to establish deep roots and a healthier lawn that can resist weeds and disease. No established lawn should require daily watering.

Preventative Lawn Care Tip #3: Develop Healthy Soil for Your Lawn

Improve the texture of your soil.

Grass grows best in intermediate soils with a good mix of clay, silt, and sand. Try using compost materials and/or mulching your grass clippings to improve soil texture and recycle nitrogen into the soil.

Aerate once a year.

Aeration makes more space for grassroots to spread. It also increases the effectiveness of the lawn treatment by aiding in absorption. The fertilizer sits in the holes and is then absorbed through the soil as opposed to running off. Aeration may be necessary if you have high clay content in your soil or heavy traffic in your yard.

Use locally produced organic fertilizers.

Many lawns need additional nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium. Use locally produced organic fertilizers as they are healthier for your pets, children and the waterways. Significantly fewer resources are used to produce local organic fertilizers. These products work within nature’s cycles rather than altering them. If necessary, synthetic fertilizers can offer quick results while you start your program of organic fertilization which will lead to healthier grass over the long haul.

Make sure you have the right soil pH.

Grass absorbs nutrients most efficiently in slightly acid soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Lime can be added to soil that is too acidic or sulfur if the soil is not acidic enough. Inexpensive soil analysis kits can be purchased at lawn & garden stores.

Sprinkle a thin layer of compost or topsoil.

Thatch is a layer of dead plant material between the grass and the soil. If thatch is deeper than 1/2 inch thick, it can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the soil and roots of your grass. The overuse of fertilizer can create a thick layer of thatch. Sprinkling a thin layer of compost or topsoil over the lawn or raking can reduce thatch and increase the health of the soil and lawn.

Preventative Lawn Care Tip #4: Avoid or Cautiously Use Pesticides to Treat Your Lawn

Ladybugs helpful in preventative lawn carePesticides include insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Before using any pesticides, it’s important to understand that all pesticides are toxic to some degree and can harm your children, wildlife and your pets. Pesticides can also kill beneficial organisms including worms, disrupting the ecological balance in your yard. Pests may be due to any underlying problem in your yard, so make sure you understand the problem before applying a synthetic product. Consider your options carefully; biological controls such as ladybugs to control aphids may be a good solution. If you feel pesticides are necessary, use spot treatment instead of blanket application to the entire yard.

Avoiding or limiting pesticides is an important part of preventative lawn care

Preventative Lawn Care Tip #5: Be Realistic About Weeds

Even a healthy lawn will have some weeds. If you kill off every single weed, you are also killing off beneficial insects and organisms that work to keep your lawn healthy. A lawn with 15% weeds can look practically weed-free to the average observer.

Think before you act

dandelion before preventative lawn careCut out or pull weeds occasionally. If your lawn is overrun with weeds, look for underlying causes to come up with a long-term solution related to your soil conditions, mowing or watering. Short-term fixes such as pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers will only yield short term gains but can leave the environment with long‐term problems. If weeds become a problem, we recommend using organic weed control by using a natural weed killer. If you’re not sure where to start, get in touch with your local Clean Air Lawn Care franchise owner. They can help you build a preventative lawn care plan and then execute it with perfection.

Sustainable & Organic Lawn Care Does Make a Difference

Your yard may seem like a small plot, but the choices that you and your neighbors make have a great impact on our environment as a whole. Each weekend about 54 million Americans mow their lawns; and the way we care for our lawns ads up.

Try “greener” lawn care ‐ for the health of your family and for the health of our environment.

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If so, please contact Clean Air Lawn Care for a lawn care estimate or to enquire about lawn care franchise opportunities in your area.

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Penelope Smith
1 year ago

This is some really good information about lawn care. I liked that you pointed out that you should make sure that you aerate your lawn. I wonder if that will also help make your soil be more stable.

Taylor Anderson
11 months ago

It was helpful when you mentioned that one should make sure their soil is a good mix of clay, silt, and sand, as it will have more nutrients for your grass. My lawn is in pretty bad condition, so I really want to improve it. Thanks so much for all the tips on taking care of a lawn.

Eli Richardson
11 months ago

I love what you said about using compost materials, and to clip your soil to improve texture. This year I have decided to fix my yard. After reading your tips, I will proceed to rent the equipment I will need.

Laurel Larsen
10 months ago

It was interesting to read that killing every weed in the lawn could also be killing off beneficial insects that help keep the lawn healthy. My lawn definitely has weeds in it and I’ve kind of become obsessed with wanting to kill them all. I’ll probably call a professional to come give me a lawn treatment, but I’ll ask him not to kill every single weed so that my lawn can still be healthy.

Ellie Davis
10 months ago

I liked that you mentioned you need to consider the pesticides that you use to treat your lawn. My husband and I are looking for tips to take care of our garden, and we are looking for information. I will make sure to consider the chemicals and pesticides that we use to treat our lawn.

Angela Waterford
9 months ago

I’ve never used anything on my lawn to make it grow lush, and that’s why it doesn’t grow as well as I’ve hoped. Thanks for the tip that it’s better to get locally produced organic fertilizers since they’re healthier and my pets will be safe when they step on it. However, since I’m not good at caring for plants, I think I’ll hire a service to care for my lawn instead.

Angela Waterford
9 months ago

It’s important for me to have greener grass this year because my mother will be coming to visit, and I don’t want her to have the impression that I’m not taking care of my lawn. Thanks for saying that I should ensure proper watering of my lawn to allow the grass to grow healthily. I suppose it will be much faster for my lawn to grow if I hire a service to help me out.

Vivian Black
8 months ago

My yard in Fenton, MO has had its struggles with growth recently. You made a great point about using locally produced organic fertilizers. I will be sure to use these tips when choosing a lawn fertilization service for me.

Braden Bills
8 months ago

I want to make sure that I take good care of my lawn. It makes sense that watering it too much could be a problem! I’ll make sure that I water it deeply whenever I water it, but have larger windows of time between watering.

8 months ago

As autumn turns to winter and before the first snowfall hits, it is time to start dropping the height of your mower blade to take off any of the final young growth of the year. This young grass is less robust than the crown at the base of the plant and is easily affected by snow and frost which can lead to winter diseases finding an accommodating home.

8 months ago

I liked that you said that you should be realistic about the weeds in your property. I have been thinking about getting more help with my landscape. I will look for more information to make the right choice.

David Johnson
8 months ago

Until I read this article, I didn’t realize that grass doesn’t grow well everywhere. My new home is in a hotter state than I’m used to, so there are lots of new things I feel like I have to do to care for my lawn. I’ll have to look into professional lawn maintenance services.

Derek McDoogle
7 months ago

My neighbor just had surgery and he told me that his garden does not look as green as it was. I like how you mentioned that proper watering will allow your grass to grow deeper roots making it less vulnerable to drought. I will suggest to him to hire a lawn care company so that they can take care of his garden.

Adam Frey
6 months ago

I appreciate you mentioning some amazing Maintenance tips about lawn care that I don’t know about outside of mowing and trimming the yard. Thanks for sharing wonderful information.

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