When people picture summer, there’s barely any space for special lawn care that this time of year requires. As you may have noticed as a homeowner, grass can be really finicky, and arid summer days can only make things worse. This makes special lawn care necessary at this time. One way to ensure this is done well is to entrust the job to a professional landscaper. This landscaping company should know exactly how to go about it as long as you choose a good one.
Below are pointers for finding the right landscaper and maintaining your summer lawn in great condition:
Do not mow too much.
Before you decide to hire this landscaping company you’re considering, let them tell you how they mow. The most vital point here is that grass must never be cut more than one third down its blade. Otherwise, the grass won’t grow enough and you’ll have tons of clippings that take too long to decay. When you let the grass grow longer, the more the root grows farther down the soil so it can access more water. Make sure the landscaper you hire will have this in mind.
Also the act of mowing itself can be detrimental to lawn health, considering the bulky lawnmower that presses on its surface, and not to mention the accumulation of excessive clippings. When choosing a landscaper, ask ask them if they vary the mowing pattern they use for every cut, if only to limit wear on the turf.
Blades must be sharp.
Sharp blades make for smooth cuts, while dull ones shred grass unevenly, creating entry points for disease. Therefore, this landscaping company you hire should make this a priority concern. Ask them how they keep their blades sharp. Manufacturers recommend sharpening after around 10 hours of use.
Observe good timing.
It’s important to water your lawn regularly, but so is timing. The ideal time is before 10 in the morning. This way, the grass will not be moist too long. Avoid watering in the evening as this would leave the grass wet overnight, encouraging fungal growth. As a rule of thumb, you must water the lawn enough that the moisture can descend up to six inches down the soil. This landscaping company you plan to hire should know all about these things and work with you regarding the schedule that you will follow.
Lastly, keep in mind that a healthy lawn is all about finding balance. Hence, even fertilizers must be applied carefully if you don’t want to “burn” the grass. This is one of the main reasons you should research the background of this landscaping company you want to hire. They have to know what fertilizer can be used for the grass type in your yard.