CARING FOR YOUR LAWN
INVEST IN AN ORGANIC LAWN MAINTENANCE
The first step on the road to growing a healthy lawn is to establish an organic lawn care program service. With vigilance, your lawn can soon thrive, but without a maintenance program, even healthy lawns will revert back. This maintenance program should include both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control as well as frequent fertilization. In addition, this program should use both pet friendly lawn care products and environmentally friendly lawn care products.
DO YOUR PART TO NOURISH THE LAWN
A maintenance program with frequent fertilization should provide the turf with part of the necessary nutrients to ensure growth. However, fertilization is only part of the picture. You can do a few simple things to ensure your lawn is receiving the rest of what it needs:
Mow weekly throughout the growing season
Weekly lawn mowing allows for consistent growth and a denser turf. Growing grass will also play a crucial part in crowding out new weed growth. Where grass grows, weeds cannot. Have your lawn mowed weekly with a mulching mower which breaks the grass and distributes them back onto the lawn. Many people believe that all grass trimmings should be bagged rather than being left on the lawn. These trimmings are a valuable source of nutrients for the soil and also provide necessary shading.
Maintain a consistent watering schedule
Water is a necessary part of growing any plant. Too much or too little water will directly impact your lawns ability to process all nutrients. If your turf is too wet or dry, sunlight and fertilizers cannot properly be absorbed into the soil. If possible, your lawn should be watered weekly throughout the growing season. To ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly, we recommend having a professional irrigation inspection each year. Use the links below to check on the watering restrictions for your city.
Allow for proper sunlight
Your lawn will also require sunlight. Keeping your large shade plants pruned back or thinned out will help to keep sunlight passing through to your grass. If you have areas of your lawn that are consistently shaded, such as a side yard, this will be an ongoing battle. In this case, you may need to explore planting alternative grasses more conducive to the available sunlight.
Aerate and overseed each year
A healthy lawn starts with healthy soil. Our north Dallas soils contain compacted clay that hinder water, nutrients and air from accessing grass and plant roots. An effective and inexpensive way of MAINTAINING a healthy soil is using a technique called aeration also referred to as “Core Aeration”. Core Aeration is the process of mechanically pulling millions of small plugs of soil out of your lawn to reduce compaction and open soil up again, so that water, nutrients and air can reach grass and plant roots. This is also the ideal time to overseed your lawn with grass seed while the soil is open making way for soil-to-seed contact. This should be done annually on both chemical and organic lawns.