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Fertilizing is crucial to provide your lawn with much-needed nutrients after a long winter. The average homeowner is not familiar with lawn fertilization. Your local lawn care expert, Lawn & Snow Pro, aims to educate all homeowners and business owners alike.
Summer is the high season for your lawn; it’s essential to learn these lawn fertilizing tips to obtain the greenest and most lush grass this season.
In the southwest region of the United States (Utah), generally, the lawn is made of warm-season grasses. For our state, it’s ideal to fertilize your lawn once in early summer.
Before you go coating your grass in fertilizer, Lawn & Snow Pro recommends setting time aside and preparing your lawn properly with aeration. This provides oxygen, nutrients, and more space for grass to breathe and for water to reach deeper into the soil. When you fertilize your lawn after aeration, the grass gets even more nutrients from the fertilizer, and in turn, results in a more lush lawn. Aeration is mostly optional, but if you notice after winter that there’s more than half an inch thick layer of thatch, it needs it. Your lawn may suffocate under the thatch and fertilizer will only make matters worse.
Another step you can take to prepare your lawn for fertilization is to water it deeply a few days in advance. Apply the fertilizer at the beginning of the day when temperatures are cooler and there’s not much sun. Once you have evenly coated your grass with fertilizer, water it again. This will make the fertilizer absorb into the lawn. However, avoid fertilizing before a heavy rainstorm. Always check the local weather forecast before fertilizing. If not, all that fertilizer will wash away, rendering all your work purposeless.
Water your lawn regularly and deeply during the cooler times of the day to prevent water evaporation. Depending on the soil type of your property (sandy or clay) your lawn will demand different amounts of water. In clay soil, it will retain more water, therefore, needing less water. In sandy soil, it will drain water more efficiently, therefore, needing more water. We recommend setting your sprinklers or other methods of irrigation to a 30-minute interval and adjusting according to the reaction of your grass. If you see puddling in your grass, this is not good, chances are you are overwatering.
To maintain the look and optimal height of your lawn, cut it regularly. Different types of grass have recommended lengths for the summer heat. Regularly cutting the grass will help it keep its appearance, prevent weed growth, and promote better results from fertilization.
“Grasscycling” is simply allowing the grass clippings from your mower to remain on the lawn after mowing. However, if your grass it too long, don’t grasscycle, you will just suffocate your grass and kill it. Keep in mind that as much as 25% of the fertilizer (nutrients) that your lawn needs can come from grasscycling.
Are you suffering from yellow lawn syndrome? If you are neglecting your lawn and not watering or cutting it regularly during the summer, you will find bald patches, brown/yellow grass, bugs, weeds, and more problems arising. It’s important to stay on top of your lawn care to ensure success for warm-weather grasses in Utah.
Should you need help maintaining your summer lawn care regiment, or for more lawn fertilizing tips, call our team of professional lawn maintenance landscapers at Lawn & Snow Pro now at (801) 604-0746. We will customize a fertilization plan to provide you with the healthiest lawn you have ever seen.