Many South Georgia homeowners strive for the perfect, lush green lawn, but it takes more than regular mowing. Lawn care requires a dedicated effort consisting of fertilization, regular maintenance and the ability to troubleshoot problems as they arise.
Mowing your lawn is essential if you want a great-looking lawn, but it also improves the quality of the grass.
Although it might seem natural to keep the lawn as short as possible, experts recommend letting it grow longer and mowing it more frequently.
Cutting a lawn short, especially in the South Georgia sun, puts stress on the grass and reduces its ability to resist weeds and pest infestation. Cutting a blade of grass too short reduces the amount of chlorophyll the grass can use for energy, and decreases its physical strength and good health. It also puts considerable strain on the roots, and makes grass more susceptible to drying out (a regular occurrence in Valdosta) and turning brown in summer heat.
When cutting overgrown grass, follow the 1/3 rule: don’t cut more than 1/3 of the overall height at once. If you have extremely tall grass, cut it at a higher setting. After a couple of days, lower the setting and cut it again.
Lawncare Valdosta recommends using a mulching mower, when possible. Why? Because it leaves grass clippings on the lawn which provides an extra source of nitrogen, one of the key nutrients for grass. To make your lawn look its best, never mow it when it’s wet, which causes grass clumps, tire tracks and an uneven appearance, and alternate the pattern in which you mow, which encourages grass to grow straight.
A good option for people who don’t like to mow their lawns is to hire a professional Valdosta lawn care service, like Lawncare Valdosta.
Organic and synthetic lawn fertilizers are a good tool for maintaining a healthy lawn. Fertilizer promotes a lush growth, strengthens roots and helps to prevent invasive weeds and pests.
There are many varieties of lawn fertilizer available, but most consist of three key nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen is the most important for growth, but too much can lead to excessive growth, yard burn and discoloration. Each fertilizer blend is represented by a three-number ratio that lists the percentage by weight of the three main nutrients. For example, a 100 pound bag of fertilizer with the number 15-5-10 contains 15 pounds of nitrogen, 5 pounds of phosphorus and 10 pounds of potassium with a ratio of 3-1-2.
The most popular types of lawn fertilizer are granule and liquid, and they come in synthetic and organic forms. You can also choose between fast and slow-release fertilizer, or blends that contain pre-emergent controls for fighting crabgrass, weeds and other invasive plants.
Granule fertilizer should be applied with a broadcast spreader, a device that can be pushed or pulled around the yard and evenly distributes the fertilizer. A spreader is necessary because large concentrations of fertilizer in a small area can kill the grass.
Maintenance and repair
Some of the most common lawn problems include bare spots, dead patches and areas that have been infested by dandelions and weeds.
Bare spots are the most noticeable lawn problem, but they can be repaired with a little patience and persistence.
In Valdosta sod is an option for large patches but it can be hard to blend with the rest of the lawn. But if you have full sun for six or more hours in the area, sod can be an instant fix, depending on the overall quality of the lawn, however, the downside if poorly done is that it can give a patchwork appearance
For smaller patches or areas that receive less sun, Lawncare Valdosta recommends seed.
Just rough up the soil, premix your seed with a little compost, and throw down the mixture. Then run the back of a rake over the seed to get it in contact with the soil, and keep it slightly moist
For bare spots around flower beds or in areas that receive little sun, one option is to expand an existing bed or create a new one altogether. This fixes the problem and adds new landscaping to the yard. Dead spots form from too much sunlight, a lack of water, concentrations of pet urine or the overuse of fertilizer. To repair these unsightly brown spots, remove the dead grass down to the bare soil and apply grass seed. If granule fertilizer was the culprit, you will be able to see collections of the small pellets. Remove the remaining fertilizer before applying new seed.
Invasive weeds such as Annual Bluegrass, Goosegrass, Common Lespedeza, Broadleaf Plantain, and Blanket Crabgrass, are a huge problem in South Georgia, that you will have to deal with. Lawncare Valdosta will evaluate your lawn needs to fight off these weeds. We will use a lawn and garden sprayer with an organic or synthetic herbicide to spray the weeds and remove them, the develop options to prevent them from appearing in the future.