Getting a Happy Healthy Lawn

Getting a Happy Healthy Lawn

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by PJ Kratohvil, Complete Solutions 214.735.1364

Warmer weather, rain, hail, stormy nights and even cold snaps. Yep, it’s April in Texas! We hope everyone had a great Easter and is looking forward to getting outside if you haven’t already and getting your outdoor living and bed spaces put together. We are going to focus this month’s article on your turf areas, being that spring is such a transitional time, there’s a lot to keep in mind.

As the weather begins to change so should the aesthetics around your property. Grass starting to turn is one of the most noticeable. To ensure you get a high quality, healthy lawn this year check out our TOP 3:

AERATION: With our terrible north Texas soils ensuring you aerate every third year at a minimum is a good practice. Not doing so will allow the soil to get hard, cutting off the amount of nutrients and oxygen resulting in your grass thinning and dying out. If you can’t remember or are new to the property the quickest way to tell if it’s time to aerate (besides the obvious thin grass/wide cracks) is by simply sticking a knife down into the ground. If it stops 1.5-2.5” down then call your grass guy. If it goes further in then you’re probably good for another year.

WATERING: A good rule of thumb is to ensure your grassy areas get on average 1 inch of water per week. Obvious water restrictions and weather conditions should be taken into account. If you have not done so NOW is the time to get the irrigation system on and evaluated. Broken pipes, busted heads and or clogged nozzles can all lead to under or over-watering. Either direction will have a negative result on your yard space.

FERTILIZATION: Another way to ensure your grass is thick and healthy this season is to establish a fertilization schedule and stick to it. Being consistent with this CAN offer immediate results BUT more often will take a few treatments before you really see improvements. Being realistic with your goals and paying more for quality products are two things to keep in mind. Cheaper chemicals will not treat as well typically and will wear out a lot faster than a name brand product with a slower release schedule.

We wish everyone a fantastic spring season and be sure to contact us with any questions.


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