No plan for landscape design and installation can be complete without considering the grass that surrounds the installation itself. A lush, green lawn to run on, play on or simply lie on and gaze at the stars provides a great backdrop with which to highlight the other aspects of your landscape design. And having healthy turf and a nicely landscaped yard is more than just aesthetics and neighborhood bragging rights.
As we head into summer, here are a few things you can do to give your hard a vibrant head start:
- Gather up leaves, matted grass and sticks that have accumulated over the winter. Raking your yard can also help keep the thatch level in your lawn at a desirable half inch or less.
- Homeowners can start to train their lawns in the spring by watering two days a week. Infrequent watering promotes the growth of a deep, healthy root system that is better able to survive drought and heat stress.
- Raise the cutting height of your mower to 2 ½ to 3 inches. Raising the cutting height allows the turf to grow longer and thicker thus preventing invasive weeds and insects from taking root and ruining your lawn.
- Make sure sprinkler heads on your irrigation system work properly, and that there are no leaks or broken pipes/sprinkler heads. Also inspect to ensure that timers are set accordingly. A leaky sprinkler head can waste water and too much moisture in the turf can lead to disease.
- Water early in the morning. Water will evaporate if you water midday or afternoon and evening watering can promote disease.
- For trees and shrubs, consider a deep watering once or twice a week a week for 15 minutes.
- Apply mulch – two to four inches – around the base of trees and shrubs to retain water.
For more tips on lawn or landscape design or to find out how we can you beautify your yard, contact us today at one of our locations in Los Altos, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Palo Alto, CA, or Willow Glen, CA for a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.