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Developing Deep-Rooted Strong Turfgrass

Several rules of thumb for developing deep-rooted strong turfgrass that will survive all weather cycles include:
  • Apply adequate water to wet the soil up to 6 inches deep. (Start a good summer watering schedule now that the soil is drying.)
  • Do not water to the point of saturation.
  • Aerate the lawn so water can penetrate the soil while allowing both air and nutrient movement. Overseeding after aerating will insure blended varieties.
  • Avoid mid-day watering. Follow Land-Art watering procedures.
  • Raise mowing heights during summer months. Keep mower blades sharp and follow the 1/3 rule. Alternate mowing patterns.
  • Use irrigation heads that applies an even distribution of large droplets and avoid misting sprinklers.
  • Use 50% slow release fertilizers during the summer months. (A Land-Art practice)
Please read Land-Art treatment information inserts for the proper cultural practices that you need to follow for a more desirable year long lawn. These information inserts can be requested by contacting us through our website: www.landartinc.com.

Turn Your Water On!

Now is the time to properly schedule irrigation for your lawn and ornamentals.

Soil can dry out quickly as we transition from spring to summer. Stay ahead of dry conditions by being ready to water.

Conserve water by knowing when to water your lawn. Irrigation can be performed at any time of the day or night as long as the rate of water application does not exceed the infiltration capacity of the soil.

  • EARLY MORNING: one of the best times to water is between 6-8 am. During this time the water pressure is usually the highest, disruption of the water pattern from wind is low, and water loss due to evaporation is negligible.
  • MID-DAY: should be avoided due to the substantial quantities of water that can be lost through evaporation. Also an increased incidence of SCALDING; a loss of turf first evident as a scorched or burned appearance, can accompany this practice. Although a syringing: reducing plant temperature during mid-day can reduce turf stress in some cases of certain disease incidence.
  • NIGHT TIME: a traditional concern over night time irrigation has been the presumed higher incidence of disease caused by prolonged leaf surface moisture.
  • EARLY-EVENING watering can be very beneficial to the turf. At night, the loss of water through evaporation is low, also the water is more efficiently utilized for satisfying turfgrass moisture requirements. Turfgrass recovers at night from the heat of the day.
IRRIGATION IS AN ART; IF ONE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH AN EXISTING
WATERING SCHEDULE, THEN DO NOT CHANGE.

Fertilization

Maintaining a healthy lawn requires proper fertility. A lawn fertilization schedule should be adjusted to the health of the lawn and the owners objective for a quality food looking lawn. A high quality lawn requires timely scheduled lawn treatments of slow release granular turf nutrients, proper selective weed control and insect pest management. Start your season off early with a spring treatment of turf fertilizer and crabgrass weed preventer.

Get Ready for Lawn Mowing

Mowing is one of the most basic practices to keep your lawn healthy. The next few weeks are a great time to make sure your mower is ready for the upcoming mowing season. Make sure you have your blades sharpened before you resume a regular mowing schedule. A sharp mower cuts blades cleanly, while a dull blade shreds the tips which then dry out leaving a grayish appearance becoming unsightly Mow at between 2.5″ and 2.75″ the first couple of times to help remove winter kill and snow mold damage.

Many people mow their lawn too short, inviting weeds, diseases and insect damage. Mowing should provide a pleasing appearance while promoting overall lawn health by promoting root and leaf development. A high density lawn prevents crabgrass and broadleaf weed invasion. For proper mowing techniques contact a Land-Art representative. A spring mowing of your lawn will promote an early greening.

  • Always follow the 1/3 rule: never mow off more than 1/3 of the turf at a time
    • Mowing frequency needs to increase when grass is growing at higher rates
  • Sharpen blade(s) and tune your mower up now in preparation for the mowing season.

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