We all know Kentucky weather: 80 degrees one day, 40 the next. Plants bloom then freeze later in the same week. That’s why it’s important to understand the seasonal guidelines for taking care of your lawn.
A lawn says a lot about your home, according to experts. If potential buyers visit a home that has a dead or poorly maintained yard, it turns off many visitors. Many take it as a sign of neglected home maintenance and wonder what else is wrong. Several aspects go into keeping a lawn properly maintained. Use the following tips to guarantee a well- maintained summertime lawn.
Planting the Right Grass
Depending on where you live, there are specific grasses better suited for certain environments. Kentucky falls under the cool-season category. Grasses best suited for this climate include tall fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. These grasses grow mainly in the spring and fall, lying dormant in the summer. If you are unsure of which region applies to you, use the American Horticultural Society’s plant zone map at http://www.ahs.org/publications/heat_zone_map.htm.
Some people love to do it, others hate it, but it has to be done.
Richard Hentschel of the University of Illinois Extension recommends a cutting blade set at 3 inches to keep your grass healthy. “The taller the grass, the deeper the roots, the fewer the weeds, and the more moisture the soil holds between watering,” Hentschel explains.
During the spring and fall seasons, when cool-season grass grows, it is important to mow your grass more often. At the same time, only one-third of the blade of grass should be cut each mowing. Also, when possible, avoid mowing wet grass.
Watering your lawn depends on the season your lawn is in, which differs per type and environment, as mentioned above. Most lawns need 1 inch of water a week to remain green and healthy. If your lawn is in a dormant season, summer for Kentucky residents, it still needs 1 inch of water a month to stay alive and flourishing. If you don’t have a sprinkler system or the time to monitor your lawn’s watering needs, purchase a rain gauge. A rain gauge will tell you how much water your lawn is receiving naturally. Allowing your lawn to go dormant in the summer may save you and the environment thousands of gallons, and therefore dollars, in water usage.