Tuesday, April 19, 2011
We have all heard a lot of news about the difficult times many of us are facing. The credit crunch, gasoline prices, higher food prices and more. If you are staying closer to home this year, consider your home as one of your best investments.
Why not make your home a little piece of heaven since you spend most of your time there? A property that is well kept and landscaped nicely will hold its value in the long run. If you are planning on selling your home, you can usually reap the benefits of a nice lawn, landscaped beds, flowers showing color, and some fresh paint on the fence.
Don’t forget your lawn. There are many benefits to a nice, healthy growing lawn. Your lawn purifies the air, absorbing pollutants and removes carbon dioxide from the air, producing oxygen in return. A 5,000 square foot lawn provides enough oxygen for eight people every day! The lawn also cools the environment, like an air conditioner. A good grass cover prevents erosion and reduces water run-off while reducing glare and noise.
There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your costs associated with maintaining a lawn. The main thing is buy quality Jonathan Green grass seed. Jonathan Green grass seed is not just, “grass seed”! The better performing varieties do cost more but in return you will save in the long run. The quality of the turf you maintain is only as good as the seed you use. Consider re-seeding your whole lawn like a fresh coat of paint with Jonathan Green Black Beauty Ultra Mixture. This mix contains Tall Fescues, which survive better than other grasses in poorer soils, and during hot, dry, weather while still looking good. Tall Fescues can also develop deep roots, saving you watering costs.
Proper watering techniques will also reduce watering costs. Do not water your lawn every day for five minutes. It does not rain every day except in the rainforest. Water the lawn when it needs it, particularly during stressful summer days. Watering 2-3 times a week for 30-45 minutes or about one inch of water per week is best. There is really no need to use your sprinkler before June unless you are trying to establish new seedlings. Be sure to water early in the day so the mid-day heat does not evaporate your efforts.
Mowing properly will also help save costs. Consider mowing at a higher cut, say three inches. This will help conserve water and reduce the sunlight on the ground so weeds cannot thrive as much. Mowing at a higher height also helps the grass develop deeper roots, just like proper watering. Consider using a mulching mower or leave your clippings. When you bag your clippings you have disposal problems. Clippings are mostly water and nutrients. If you keep your clippings on the lawn versus taking them away, you can reduce your fertilizer needs 25% or more. Make sure your mower blade is sharp for clean cuts and to reduce the possibility of shredding the grass blades which may allow fungus diseases to set in.
Apply the proper amounts of Jonathan Green Fertilizers or Control products, follow all label directions. You do not want to waste money on these products and with fertilizer, if you put on too much, you will be mowing too much! Do not apply control products unless you know they are the needed. Why use grub control unless you have grubs, or perhaps if you had grubs the prior year. Timing is critical for the best control of all pesticides. Usually the directions on the bag supplies helpful tips for successful control.
A healthy growing lawn is to be enjoyed. To look its best we need to groom our lawn too. Use these ideas for a good lawn now and in the future. You’ll be glad you did.Back