You know a healthy lawn when you see it: a smooth, lush green carpet. So why doesn’t your lawn look like that? The basics are pretty simple: sun, water and fertilizer. Once you get those down, everyone’s happy. Here are some basic lawn care tips Northern Virginia Landscaping follows to take your lawn to the next level.
Prevent Weeds Preemptively
Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop weeds from gaining a root hold in your lawn before they even germinate. This can eliminate the likeliness of crabgrass by stopping their seeds from sprouting in your lawn, as well as other hard to eliminate weeds. Its best to use a pre-emergent herbicide early in the spring before weeds take hold.
Eliminate Broad-leaf Weeds Once They’ve Sprouted
If you do not apply a pre-emergent herbicide, broad-leaf weeds while hold your lawn hostage. The usual suspects include: dandelions, white-flowering clover, and big-leaf plantain. To get rid of visible broad-leaf weeds, that have already taken hold of your lawn, apply granular weed control products. Wait until there is a heavy morning dew to apply granular weed control products. The granules need moisture to stick to weed leaves.
Mow High and Frequently
Unfortunately, mowing your lawn too short may seem efficient, but it can damage your grass as well as allow weeds to set root. In fact, keeping your lawn a bit taller results in overall healthier grass. Contact Northern Virginia Landscaping to get a healthy cut for your lawn.
Keep Your Mower Blade Sharp
A dull blade tears the grass, resulting in a ragged edge that makes the overall lawn look grayish brown. Sharpen or replace the mower’s blade when it shows signs of wear or at least once a mowing season. The size of your lawn and the frequency of mowing will dictate how often you should sharpen or replace your blade. Take a look at your grass blade after mowing. If it’s shredded or frayed (*DING DING*) it’s time to sharpen up. Contact Northern Virginia Landscaping to get a professional mow with a sharp blade, every time.