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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Landscaping 101

Spring is finally here! With Spring comes warmer temperatures, drier days and more time spent outdoors. Maintaining a lawn during this season can be a bit difficult. Not only that, but landscaping on a dry, unhealthy lawn can cause a multitude of issues. Below are a few tips to help you care for your lawn and your landscaping projects this spring.

Remember it’s always a good idea to call BEFORE you begin any mechanized digging on your property. This will ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or damage to your property. For more information on call BEFORE you dig, visit Call811.com

 Keeping your lawn healthy:

  1. Mow High: The taller your grass is, the healthier your lawn will be. There is a one-to-one relationship between the height of the grass and the depth of the roots. If you are moving at two inches, you will have two inches of roots. The higher your roots are the less prone they are to drought.
  2. Water when dry: Most grass needs between one and one-an-a-half inches of water per week, especially during the dry months. Water heavily but infrequently (once per week) in the morning to reduce the possibility of a drought.
  3. Vary mowing pattern: Changing your moving pattern ensures that you are not running over the same areas of grass every time you mow. Running over the same areas of grass can cause bald spots and weaken the grass.
  4. Watch the clock or get a timer. Make sure you are watering your lawn responsibly. Over watering or under watering of your lawn can lead to undesirable results. A timer will automatically shut off your sprinkler, which ensures that your lawn will get a proper watering.

Tips for landscaping:

1.      Get a tarp: Use a tarp to move lightweight bulky debris like leaves and weeds. Use it to hold soil when digging a hole, to keep the grass clean.

2.      Use weed fabric: Landscape fabric is useful under gravel or mulch walkways to keep the material from sinking into the soil. Skip the weed barrier fabric in planted areas. Weeds can start growing in the mulch on top of the fabric.

3.      Create an edge: Make a natural edge around the bed instead of buying plastic or metal edging.

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