Who doesn’t love lush green lawn! here are some tips that will help you achieve just that! Follow these simple tips to keep your lawn looking green, healthy and lush through out the summer in the Bryan, College Station area.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WATER MY LAWN?
Watering infrequently and deeply is the key to a healthy Texas lawn. This technique helps plants grow longer, tougher roots that will allow them to access water throughout the summer even as temperatures rise. Another tip: water your lawn earlier in the morning or later in the evening, when the sun is weakest. This will prevent the water from instantly evaporating and going to waste.
- Mow, Mow, Mow.
Mowing is the best cultural practice we have for controlling weeds and increasing the density of our lawns. In periods of vigorous growth, we should be mowing every week at around 1 ?” to 2 ?” (about 3 or so on your mower height setting), depending on your turf type. Come summer, when the roots need a little more shade, kick it up to 2″ – 3″ (about 4 or 5 on your mower height setting). Once that turf gets long and starts to open up, weed seeds get in and compete for root space. If it goes too long, those weeds will seed, and your little weed problem will become a huge mess.
- Weed Control
The best weed control is a healthy lawn. For those few that do get in, spot treat with a pump hand sprayer. Broadcasting with a hose end just wastes treatment, sending it into our waterways, and can harm those plants you want to keep. Stay away from Weed and Feed products. They will hurt your other plants and trees, potentially causing stunted growth and even death. They also have a tendency to fertilize those weeds that they don’t control. REMEMBER: If you are going to spray, spot treat with a hand sprayer. It works better and doesn’t cause so many problems. For an organic that doesn’t burn your lawn, there is always the old “hands and knees” method.
- Water right.
Healthy plants need deep roots. Water only a couple of times each week, but water deep. The soil needs to dry out a little between waterings. Too much water for too long limits air in the root system. Grass needs air to move nutrients and take up water. Too little time between waterings just grows fungus like brown patch or take-all patch. To make sure you are watering plenty, get a 100-pack of Dixie cups and spread them around your yard. Look at the clock and water until the cups are 1 ?” full, then stop. Look at the clock again. That is the amount of time you should be watering every three to five days. Remember to take rain into account.
- Fertilize right.
With fertilization, less is often more. Any nitrogen not used by your turf gets sent to your weeds and fungus. The newest turf study recommendations say a 2-1-0 ratio is plenty for St. Augustine. Most commonly, you will find a 4-1-2 or 5-1-2 ratio is easiest to find. Check the numbers on the back of the bag. If the nitrogen is 19, the phosphorous is 5, and the potassium is 9, that is basically a 4-1-2 ratio. If the bag is rated for 1000 sq. ft., using it at half rate (covering 2000 sq. ft.) will give you a spread at 10-2.5-5, more than plenty to feed your lawn. For fertilizers, I recommend Milorganite or Ladybug. Both offer great organic fertilizer that your lawn will love.