With spring fully in bloom and summer right around the corner, you're probably gearing up for another year of lawn mowing and watering. This is the time to for your lawn to shine, your grass will be exiting its dormant period as the soil temperatures hold above 50 degrees and you'll begin to see the vibrant green color return to your lawn.
As the afternoons continue to heat up, your lawn will need water to thrive. One of the hardest things to deal with when it comes to lawn maintenance is knowing the proper amount of water to give your lawn. An overwatered and underwatered lawn are extremely common but finding a good balance will help your lawn's color and strength flourish.
Best practices for lawn watering will differ for everyone, since many different aspects play a part in how you should approach. Take things like soil type, shaded areas, and grass type into account.
Right now, the best rule to live by is to water your lawn with about 1-2 inches of water per week, preferably before the day reaches its high temperatures. Watering early in the morning allows your soil to soak up the water before the high afternoon temperatures evaporate it.
Something to pay attention to when watering your lawn is being aware of any local water restrictions. Stay up to date on how much water you can use and when to avoid penalties or fines.
As we continue to work our way through spring and into summer, your lawn is likely starting to grow at its normal rate. Having a well-maintained lawn is one of the best ways to add beauty to your property, increase curb appeal, and much more, but it all begins with a regular mowing schedule. In the peak of the summer months, like in July and August, you may find yourself mowing your lawn up to three times a week, but right now you'll want to begin with a different approach.
Second, you'll want to pay attention to the mower's height. When you do your first few mows of the year, you may want to cut on the lower side to get rid of any winter-burned grass left over from deep winter freezes.
Another good rule of thumb is to change your mowing direction each time you mow. This will avoid bending your grass to a certain direction and keep your blades growing up towards the sun. Another benefit of keeping your grass blades upright to avoid trapping in moisture, which in turn will help you avoid lawn disease. Finally, remove or recycle your lawn clippings to prevent suffocating your grass and pest presence.