Important Steps For A Beautiful Summer Lawn

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Spring is coming, but is your front yard ready? Do you know what to do to make sure that your lawn looks beautiful all summer long? Here are some steps to ensure that your lawn grows in looking beautiful and healthy:

Remove debris: If you live where it's cold, snow has probably knocked down several sticks, branches, nuts and other debris that weren't there last autumn. Before the ground thaws completely, pick up all this organic waste. Larger branches and patches of rotting leaves can result in bare spots on your lawn, if not removed before the grass starts to grow. Also, winter freezing and thawing may have brought several rocks or stones to the surface. These should also be removed.

Remove old sod: If your lawn was patchy and bare last summer, it may be time to completely replace the sod with new. Using a spade, you can cut your lawn into strips which can then be rolled up and removed. Or, if you have a tiller, you can till your lawn and remove large clumps of grass roots manually. Either method will allow you to find any grubs that might be hibernating in your lawn. If not disposed of, grubs can severely damage your lawn when spring and summer arrive.

Add new sod: Each variety of grass is slightly different, so make sure you follow the recommended planting instructions. Some sod can be walked on immediately, while other types of grass need to be allowed to rest for at least a week first. Regardless of what kind you get, sod should be laid in a staggered pattern. For best results, it should have the pattern of a brick wall when it is viewed from above.

After planting: Until your sod takes root, it should be deeply watered at least twice a day. Once a week, carefully pull up the corner of a piece of sod to inspect the roots. Unless otherwise recommended, you should refrain from mowing your lawn any shorter than about two inches high. It may look a little ragged, compared to your neighbors, but the sod needs the extra length to be able to take root successfully. Failing to allow your grass to grow could result in its dying prematurely.

Summer care: By the time summer arrives, your sod should be rooted and the lines between the individual pieces of sod should no longer visible. Your watering schedule should be switched to once or twice a week for at least 30 minutes each time, depending on temperatures. Watering for fifteen minutes or less won't allow the water to soak in and will encourage shallow root growth. Grass with a shallow root system is more prone to drying out when the temperatures soar.

For more information, contact California Sod Center or a similar company.

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