The Grass Is Always Greener

Grass, turf or lawn, no matter what you call it, it’s a large part of our landscapes.

Who doesn’t love to walk barefoot on a soft green living carpet?

Some lawns are for playing sports, or hard worn by little feet on the playground.  Other turf areas are meant for viewing from a distance, or as a transition between landscape planting beds.  We all enjoy a beautiful, lush, green, weed-free lawn, but it doesn’t just happen that way naturally.

Great looking lawns start with a good quality sod or seed.  Compacted or clay soils will have to be properly prepared and amendments added prior to sod or seed being installed.  When deciding whether to install sod or seed, there are a couple of things to consider.  Sod can be more expensive than seed, but can usually be installed anytime as long as it is properly irrigated.  When seeding a lawn, it is always more successful when installed in the fall.

Successful lawn maintenance requires proper cutting height, regular irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticide applications.  Proper cutting height is 3 inches. This height helps maintain soil moisture and reduces competition from weeds. Cutting grass shorter than 3 inches may result in injury to the plant, drought stress and weed growth. 

Lawns need to be watered to keep them healthy and green. A professionally installed irrigation system is recommended for ease and consistency of watering.

A good quality turf fertilizer should be applied four times a season.  For fertilizer to be effective, the soil’s ph should be kept in the range of 6.0 to 7.2 (neutral).  If the soil is too acidic (below 6) or too alkaline (above 7) nutrients will not be available to the plants.  A soil test should be performed to find out what the soil ph is before adding any amendments to adjust it.