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5 ways to be the Sodfather of your lawn

Posted September 17, 2015
Updated February 26, 2016

Lawn Sprinkler Spraying Water Over Green Grass in Garden

Make your lawn an offer it can't refuse, and build a fantastic lawn by following these 5 tips:

1. Water water, everywhere

According to the NCSPA, "Improper irrigation of lawns results in wasted water, added cost, and unhealthy plants. 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:

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

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.

  1. Keep the mower blades sharp and balanced.
  2. Mow at the proper height.
  3. Leave short clippings to decompose.
  4. Rake, bag, and remove the clippings when they are long enough to shade or smother the grass.

3. Fertilizing – Every few years, obtain a soil sample to determine the amounts of lime, phosphorus and potassium needed by your established lawn, and 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.

5. Power Raking – Thatch can build up in heavily fertilized and watered sod grasses. If it is more than three quarters of an inch, the yard should be power raked.

This story was written for the 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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