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4 ways to be the 'Sodfather' of your lawn

Posted September 8

This story was written for our sponsor, North Carolina Sod Producers Association. This promotion is supported in part by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Make your lawn an offer it can't refuse, and build a fantastic lawn by following these four tips:

1. Water water, everywhere

According to the North Carolina Sod Producers Association, "Improper irrigation of lawns results in wasted water, added cost and unhealthy plants."

The NCPA added, "Water should be applied only when a reasonable portion of the lawn shows signs of moisture stress. A dark bluish-gray color, footprints that remain some time after walking, and wilted, folded or curled leaves are indications that it is time to water."

Some other things to keep in mind in regards to watering include:

  • Water in the early morning if possible.
  • Water established lawns to a depth of 6 to 8 inches to encourage deep rooting.
  • Use cans or a rain gage to determine how much water is being delivered in a certain period of time.

Lawn Sprinkler Spraying Water Over Green Grass in Garden

2. Mow Like You Mean It

The first step of mowing properly is to be sure you own a lawnmower. After that, the process gets a little easier.

  • Keep the mower blades sharp and balanced.
  • Mow at the proper height.
  • Leave short clippings to decompose.
  • Mow frequently to eliminate long clippings that will shade the grass or considering double cutting your lawn to prevent an excessive buildup of lawn clippings.

3. Fertilizing

Every few years, obtain a soil sample to determine the amounts of lime, phosphorus and potassium needed by your established lawn. Then determine the amount of fertilizer, ratio of nutrients or fertilizer elements, and time of application based on the grasses being grown.

4. Aerification

If your lawn is a heavily trafficked area -- maybe a shortcut to Bojangles -- your soil will be prone to compaction. Find yourself an aerator and use it when the lawn is actively growing so the lawn can recover from injury.

This story was written for our sponsor, North Carolina Sod Producers Association. This promotion is supported in part by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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