If you have been following my blog, you are quickly learning that I live to teach people about landscaping. As your resident expert, today I am here to give you Lundholm Landscaping’s top ten tips to having the perfect lawn. This is a 10 part blog to be posted individually as time allows over the next few days.
If I were writing this blog last week, it would be completely opposite of what I’m about to type. As you all read last Thursday night, I attended a rather eye opening seminar at one of our main irrigation suppliers. My goals, going forward are to teach America my secrets for having a healthy lawn and garden, but now we are going to do it organically! I’m not going to preach to you today about the advantages of going Organic. I am still analyzing everything I learned at last weeks seminar and generating my own plan of attack. That blog will change the way you think about your lawn and garden. Enough about that, lets get down to the basics. These tips are Springtime tips and should be completed as early in the season as possible… like NOW for instance! These tips are listed in no particular order.
1. Thatching. Dead grass, dried up roots and dead leaves form a matted layer of dead material(thatch) at the point where your grass meets your soil. Over time, this layer builds up and severely inhibits water, nutrients and air from working their way into your soil. Thatching, sometimes called de-thatching, is the process of mechanically removing this thatch so that your lawn can breath and allows water, air and vital nutrients to get into your soil and grass roots. I would compare a built up layer of thatch to trying to breath through a sweatshirt. This process should be done either in the spring, fall or both.
Thatching is very hard work and produces an overwhelming amount of dead grass and debris. Unless you have a very small lawn, use a power thatched. If you don’t own one, they are available at tool rental centers for $45-$50 for a half day. I recommend renting the thatcher, running it over your entire lawn, returning the machine, then doing the clean up. For best results use the following sequence…
Make sure your lawn mower deck is clear and the blade is new or newly sharpened. Lower the mowing deck to its lowest setting and cut and trim the entire lawn.
Run the thatcher over the entire lawn. Thoroughly rake the entire thatched area . Always use a plastic leaf rake or spring-tine type rake when raking thatch. As a rule of thumb, thatching a lawn produces 1o to 2o times the amount of debris as a regular weekly mowing. I recommend that you have a plan in place for disposing of your thatch.
Once the thatching process is complete and all debris is raked and disposed of, re-cut the lawn again on the lowest setting. This picks up the last bits of thatch that raking left behind. At this point, you will see dark brown soil through your grass and you are ready for the next phase to a healthy lawn!
Look for Tip 2 to be posted in the next 12 to 24 hours! As always, if you have questions or you want a thatched lawn but don’t actually want to do the work, contact me…..
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