Lawn Care Basics
You can’t have a great-looking lawn without healthy soil. The soil under your lawn is a brilliant ecosystem that contains billions of living organisms. When they’re all alive and working together, your soil will be the grass-growing powerhouse nature intended it to be.
3 KEY STEPS TO HAVING A HEALTHY, STRONG LAWN
- Feed the grass
- Water deep
- Mow high
Master these three basic lawn care steps, and you’ll grow a healthy and beautiful lawn that’s strong, i.e. more resistant to weeds and disease.
(1) Feed The Grass – Your grass eats up the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and a host of micronutrients. But more isn’t usually better. A soil test will help you determine if your grass is getting what it needs from your soil. When it’s not, you can rely on Sunday to fill in the gaps.
At Sunday, we offer what we call precision fertilization; basically, we feed your lawn more often throughout the growing season but we do so with a more precious dose of lawn care nutrients. Why? This not only reduces waste (wasted fertilizer, wasted money) but also gives your lawn exactly what it needs, when it needs it.
(2) Water Deep* – Your lawn loves about an inch of water each week. More isn’t better; it’s just wetter. In many areas of the U.S., rainfall is plenty. Less frequent but deeper watering can build heartier, healthier roots. Water as needed but aim for no more than three times a week.
The best time to water is in the early morning. This will reduce water loss through evaporation and also to allow your lawn to dry fully in the sun during the day to prevent certain fungal diseases that can be triggered by an overly saturated lawn.
PRO TIP: The use of humus enriching soil amendments can, over time, increase your soil’s ability to hold water.
*Remember to follow local watering regulations for residential lawns.
(3) Mow High – Short grass is stressed grass. Set you mower at the max height for a healthier lawn that needs less water. Mulching is better than bagging. Healthy soil will turn those grass clippings into the nutrients it needs. How often should you mow? In high growing season (a.k.a. the summer), you may need to mow more often than weekly. Just be sure not to cut more than ⅓ of your grass blade length at one time.
5 OTHER IMPORTANT LAWN CARE BASICS TO KNOW
- Control Weeds – The best defense against weeds, from dandelions to bind weed, is a healthy, thriving lawn. Thick grass will block out the sunlight that weeds need to grow. But hey, weeds happen. Some are easier to manage than others. We’re here to help.
- Overseed – The act of spreading a layer of grass seeds across your existing yard is called overseeding. It’s a good thing. In fact, overseeding is a landscaping little secret for growing a green and lush lawn.
- Dethatch – Taking care of thatch in your yard is a critical part of keeping your lawn healthy and strong. Normal amounts of thatch typically won’t get in the way of having a beautiful lawn as it’s a natural part of grass. It’s excessive thatch that you’ve got to watch out for, as too much thatch increases the amount of water your soil retains and that can lead to root rot, fungal issues and insect infestation. Excessive thatch can also prevent new grass shoots from growing. In other words: uh-oh.
- Aerate – Simply put, aeration is essential to having a healthy, resilient lawn as it lets oxygen, water and nutrients penetrate past the topsoil to reach the root zone, where essential lawn nutrients can stimulate root growth to create healthier, stronger grass.
- Enjoy – Maybe one of the lesser talked about steps to lawn care, enjoying your lawn is an important one all the same. After all the work you put into caring for your plot of land, take the time to enjoy it. Kick back with a cold one, play fetch with the dog or fire up the grill. The beauty of having a healthy lawn is being able to fully enjoy it.
A LAWN FULL OF LIFE
That’s exactly what we’re going for here at Sunday, to help you have a great-looking lawn that you, the fam, your pals, the kiddos and pets along with the birds and bees and butterflies can all enjoy, together.
ABOUT SUNDAY LAWN CARE
We started Sunday with one goal in mind: to help you have a great-looking, greener, healthier lawn that’s better for everyone. People, pets and the planet.