What’s better than a healthy lawn? An earth-friendly lawn. Using natural methods to enhance your Florida lawn is a great way to help our environment. Small changes can make a big difference, and it’s cost-effective too. We have great tips to get you started.
- Compost has a variety of uses such as starting a garden or planting grass. You can build a bin for compost in your backyard. Put leaves, kitchen waste, old plants, and grass clippings in it. Nourish your soil in the spring by spreading a half inch on the top of your lawn and rake it into the ground. It’s a great natural way to keep your lawn healthy.
- The best time to water the grass is in the morning because there’s less chance of evaporation. Watering at night promotes fungus growth. Aim for an inch of water a week. Proper hydration creates deep roots to keep your lawn healthy and fight off drought. It’s more beneficial to water your lawn more at one time than small amounts here and there.
- White clover helps to make your lawn healthier. It stays green all summer and can prevent dry spells from killing your grass. It also works as a fertilizer for your lawn by producing nitrogen. And it smells good. Some people think white clover is a weed. This isn’t true.
- Aerate your lawn. The soil gets compacted because of warm temperatures and foot traffic. When you aerate, you put thousands of tiny holes in the ground. This allows air, water, soil, and nutrients to get to the roots of the grass. You need strong roots for healthy grass to fight off drought. The best time to aerate is early summer.
- Thatch can insulate your lawn from extreme temperatures and variations in soil moisture. It’s a layer of clippings, stems, roots, and debris covering the ground. On a healthy lawn, that layer should be about a half inch thick. If there’s too much thatch, it’s hard for water and nutrients to get to your lawn’s roots.
- Mow your lawn correctly. A great tip is to keep your grass 2.5 to 3 inches tall according to your grass type. Cutting off too much when you mow uncovers the surface roots, which damages your lawn’s health.
Do you need help with your irrigation system? At Challenger Irrigation, we can keep your lawn hydrated. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with an irrigation specialist today.