Now that Spring is upon us and Summer is just right around the corner, it’s time to polish off that lawnmower because the lawn care season is here! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass or the look of a beautifully landscaped yard to make you proud to be a homeowner. In fact, just a few little maintenance and fixes can drastically enhance the look and feel of your home and surrounding yard.
Here is a 1-2-3 step guide to help you get your lawn up to par and to give you some tips and tricks on how to do it from your favorite Utah homebuilders!
Mowing is the number one thing you can do to improve the look of your yard – even if the grass is patchy! Having long overgrown grass is best left to the vacant lots of the city. Take charge by pulling out that lawn mower and cutting the grass. A common question is “I’ll mow the lawn, but how frequently do I need to do it?” According to USU, you should remember the ⅓ rule: Never more than ⅓ of the grass blades off at a time.Experts say it’s best to take it easy on long grass to protect turf damage. It’s also a great idea to let your grass grow a little longer, too! It’s a win-win situation: less mowing and less watering since the grass will serve as a shade for itself and not burn as quickly as it does when cut short.
Of course, some green grass needs a healthy abundance of water to stay alive and well. With all the rain we’ve been having in Utah lately, you probably haven’t needed to water as much. As the Summer months proceed though, it will become dryer so it’s best to consult your area to find out about any watering restrictions or schedules that your county might have. Just remember not to over-water your lawn as it’s not only a waste of that H2O but it’s also a waste for the grass since it will lose any type of fertilizer that you might have put into it. According to Water Wise Utah, it’s a good idea to remember that the best time to water your grass is between 9am and 7pm. If you water when it’s too hot out, it’ll wind up as a wasted effort.
Fertilization is best during the Spring and Fall months since the temperatures are a little more relaxed. If you try to fertilize during the dry, hot Utah Summers, you probably won’t find your efforts too successful. If you’re unhappy with how your lawn looks, wait until the Fall before you start spending money on fertilizer and grass mixtures. If you simply can’t wait, June is a recommended month to plant some higher-temperature resistant grass also known as “warm season grass”. You can learn more about the different types of season grasses here.
Other Lawn Ideas
Then there are the homeowners who can’t be bothered with the idea of watering and mowing. To these people, one of their favorite words is “xeroscaping”! Xeroscaping is a great way to save not only lawn care time but also water. It’s a great conservation effort because it requires no water at all and also leaves your yard looking decorative and well put together. Just remember that if you live within an HOA, you’ll probably want to check to make sure that xeroscaping is an appropriate alternative.
We know that sometimes Utah weather can be a little tricky to plan for, but we wish you luck and happy planting this Summer season! –Holmes Homes