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Lawn Care Tips

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What We Know

Make Most of the Summer Season
  1. Evaluate your lawn regularly for signs of irregular color and texture. These can be signs of damage that may result from pests or disease.
  2. While lawns are generally the focal point of most yards, don't forget about trees and shrubs. A well-maintained landscaping adds dimensionality to a home and increases its value.
  3. The essentials of good summer lawn care are watering, fertilizing and proper mowing. However, sometimes an underlying problem (such as bare spots or severely damaged turf) requires additional measures, which a Tenleytown lawn care professional can discuss with you.
  4. As lawns age or sustain heavy use from play, sports activities, pets, vehicle traffic and parking, soil compaction can result. Compaction greatly reduces the pore space within the soil that would normally hold air and roots require oxygen to grow and absorb nutrients and water. Core aeration can benefit your lawn by:
    • Increasing the activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch
    • Increasing water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil
    • Improving rooting
    • Enhancing infiltration of rainfall or irrigation
    • Helping prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off from overly compacted areas
    • Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn
Lawn Watering Tips, Techniques & Advice

Proper watering and water conservation is important at any time of year, but particularly when there is high heat and a lack of rain lead. Here are some easy tips and techniques that can help you with maintaining a healthy and well-watered lawn.

Lawn Watering Techniques
  1. Look for early signs of wilt and dehydration to determine when your lawn needs water. Common indicators include a bluish-green color, curling grass blades and footprints that remain on the lawn.
  2. Most lawns require about an inch of water per week. If you're unsure of how long to water, put a mark one inch from the bottom of several plastic containers and spread them around the watering zone. You can clock the time it takes to reach the one-inch mark and water for that length of time in the future.
  3. Water may be applied any time of day, but morning is usually the most efficient time for watering your lawn because that is when the least amount of water is lost to evaporation and wind drift.
Lawn Watering Methods
  1. Portable sprinklers are a fairly inexpensive way to water your lawn. Because sprinklers vary in their range and distribution methods, choose one based on the size and shape of your landscape watering zone.
  2. Stationary sprinklers are best used in small areas that other sprinklers miss or that need supplemental water.
  3. Impact and rotary sprinklers are meant to water circular-shaped watering zones on medium to large lawns.
  4. Oscillating sprinklers move a fan of water over a large, rectangular area, while revolving sprinklers shoot jets of water in a circular pattern in smaller areas.
  5. If you want to maximize efficiency, consider installing an irrigation system. These are controlled by a timer, eliminating the need for you to interrupt your schedule in order to water your lawn.

To discuss your next project, please contact Tenleytown Lawn & Landscape for a FREE Custom Project Evaluation at (202) 362-3383.

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