American homeowners take a lot of pride in their lawns, spending billions of dollars each year on their lawn and landscape.
We buy seed, fertilizer, herbicides, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other equipment in an effort to create the ideal lawn: a lush, green expanse of grass that feels cool between the toes.
However, knowing how to utilize these tools is most important to achieving the lawns we desire.
With these practical lawn care tips Urbandale, Iowa homeowners can also have pride in their yard.
Water the Lawn Properly
It’s important not to water the lawn during the hottest part of the day (usually between 11am and 3pm). The optimal time of day to water the lawn is between 6am and 10am as this will give a full day for the lawn to dry, preventing mildew and fungus.
Many people water their lawns every day. However, it’s best to water your lawn twice per week with approximately 1/2″ of water each time. Overwatering causes grass roots to weaken, therefore watering less frequently will encourage root growth.
Clean Up Pet Waste
We all have seen those unsightly yellow patches in the lawn left behind by the family dog. If you start seeing dying grass, flush the area with water to dilute the urine in the soil.
You may also want to apply lime to the areas where the lawn has been damaged. Lime treatments will combat the acidity in pet waste.
One solution is to create a mulched or pebbled area and train your dog to use that area for bathroom breaks.
Also, keep waste picked up and dispose of it properly.
Fertilize and Tackle Weeds
Proper fertilization and weed control is critical for having a beautiful lawn in Urbandale and the Des Moines, Iowa area.
Weeds can become troublesome over time and destroy your grass in many ways. A well-balanced lawn fertilization program is also needed to keep your lawn thick and healthy.
A program for lawn fertilizing and weed control that works in one neighboring area may not be right for another. Select a lawn treatment program that suits your needs and will provide optimal results.
Treat for Grubs
Grubs can quickly destroy a lawn if they are not treated.
July and August are the months when grubs are most destructive for Urbandale, Iowa and surrounding area lawns.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for tell-tell signs that you may have a grub problem.
While many of the symptoms could be caused by outside sources not related to grubs, there are 3 specific things to be looking for: carpet-like grass that lifts easily from the soil, rodents hanging around your yard, and sightings of the grubs themselves.
If you see any of these signs, contact a professional for effective grub control treatment options that can be applied before grubs cause more damage to your lawn.
Mow at the Right Height
Naturally, turf requires frequent mowing during peak growing seasons. During drought conditions, it’s recommended to maintain grass at a taller height.
Taller grass can reach water more effectively because of it’s deeper root system. Taller grass also shades soil and helps with water loss and prevents weeds.
If you would like personalized help with any of your lawn care needs in Urbandale, Iowa, simply complete our online quote request form and someone will call you promptly to set up an appointment or to give you an estimate right over the phone.
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