Lawn Care Tips
Tips to grow a thicker, greener, and weed-free lawn.
At The Lawn Techs, we're all about educating our customers in this complex industry. It always seems to work out that growing a healthy lawn and landscape is difficult, but it's easy to let it get destroyed by disease, thatch, and other elements. Here are our tips for lawn care in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, and other nearby NJ towns.
People often think the more frequently they water their lawn and landscaping, the healthier and greener it will be. However, watering your lawn daily, 10-15 minutes per zone, can actually cause damage to your lawn. Watering lightly every day or every other day will cause surface rooting, diseases, and an overall unhealthy lawn. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that our customers water their lawn for 30 to 45 minutes per zone but only a few times per week. Deep infrequent watering is best since it will help the lawn develop a strong deep root system. The watering zone for your landscaping and shrub areas should also receive deep infrequent waterings.
Every lawn is different, so the watering schedule should be customized. We want the sunnier dryer parts of your lawn to receive more water than the shady wet areas. As your local lawn care professionals, we can always help you determine what your water schedule should be.
The best time to water your lawn and landscaping is between 3 am and 7 am. This is because of the cooler air, the water will not evaporate as quickly compared to water in the middle of the day. Watering late in the evening will leave the grass wet overnight and creates a perfect condition for a fungus to grow.
In the Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit and surrounding areas, your irrigation system should be turned on in mid to late May. It should be scheduled to run one day per week, then increase the days as we go into the summer season. Again, our goal is to water deep and infrequent. If your lawn needs more water in the heat of the summer, increase your zone times to 45 minutes or more per zone. During the summer, we suggest 1 ½” of water per week, you can measure this by placing a bowl outside and determine how much water your system is putting out. As fall begins to set in, we suggest cutting back on watering to one day per week into late September, then stop all watering around the middle of October.
When seeding, a different watering technique must be used. Your lawn should be watered daily for about 20 minutes per zone. Then after about 30 to 45 days when the seed has established, follow the watering guidelines as we laid out above.
Diseases in your lawn can happen at any time of the year based on the different weather conditions we see in the New Jersey area. The best ways to prevent lawn disease is:
Simply understanding your irrigation system so you can make needed adjustments throughout the year is important.
For a healthy attractive lawn, mowing and maintenance are one of the most important factors. A few tips for mowing your lawn correctly:
Thatch occurs naturally but will increase rapidly when using a low-quality fertilizer. A layer of thatch is made up of decomposed grass blades, stems, and roots, and in small amounts is beneficial to your lawn. Thatch can create many problems when the layer exceeds ½” thick, it will prevent water, air, and fertilizer from penetrating the roots properly. If the thick layer of thatch is not removed, insects will begin making it their home and disease can take over, causing damage to your lawn that will be difficult to treat.
We will come to your property and remove this layer of thatch by using a de-thatcher/power rake, or through core aeration. The best time of year for this service is late summer or early fall and is often combined with our overseeding services. Dethatching should be done every few years, creating a healthier lawn that will require less water and fewer problems with disease and insects.
Recycling your grass should be recommended by any lawn care expert because leaving the grass clippings on your lawn is very beneficial. The lawn clippings from regular mowings deliver valuable nutrients and organic matter back into your lawn. Studies have determined that after a full year of mowing and leaving the clipping on the lawn, that it only leaves less than 1/16” of thatch buildup. If the grass clippings are a nuisance to you, we recommend recycling the grass bi-weekly or at least once a month. We also suggest that the grass should be recycled after each of our lawn service applications.
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