8 Home Lawn How-Tos for First Time Homeowners

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8 Home Lawn How-Tos for First Time Homeowners

With a little work, you can be the envy of the block.

Congratulations on becoming a new homeowner! Many homeowners find that spending some downtime caring for their lawns helps them to relax and relieve stress. And, having a luxuriant lawn gives them pride in contributing well to their neighborhood’s collective curb appeal. Even without experience, you can make your lawn into a lush retreat for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities. Here is a list of the essentials to help you grow and maintain a beautiful lawn.

1. Soil

First, healthy soil is necessary for healthy grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs. Having a soil test to measure your soil’s Ph is recommended, especially if there are problems with the health of the existing grass.

  • You may prefer to seed and fertilize to help discover anything you may need to do to improve the health of your soil.
  • Use a do-it-yourself soil testing kit, available at lawn and garden supply stores and home improvement stores.
  • If you prefer professional soil testing, contact the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative Extension System office in your state for a list of registered soil testers.

2. Grass

Whichever type of grass you choose for your lawn, learn how to care for it, including the watering recommendations for it, and which kinds of seeds and fertilizers work best for it.

  • Tall fescue and Bermuda grasses are widely used in many North American regions.
  • But, ask a lawn care professional to advise you on which grasses are best suited to your region.
  • In climates where grass does not grow indigenously, having a grass lawn can be very expensive to maintain and can require a lot of extra work.

3. Aerating

Soil compaction may occur due to heavy lawn usage. Aerate prior to seeding grass. This promotes grass growth by increasing absorption of water, oxygen and nutrients, promoting rooting, and minimizing the build-up of thatch.

  • Hand-held aerators may work well enough on small lawns. However, a core aeration machine is necessary to for best results on most lawns.
  • You may choose to have a professional aerate your soil the first time it needs aeration, to allow you to learn how to do the process effectively and efficiently.

4. Planting

Seeding new grass is easy, even for people unfamiliar with the procedure. After you choose the seed you want to use, planting it simpler than many people expect it to be.

  • Spread seed by hand, or use a seed spreader.
  • Spread grass seed evenly across all tilled areas.
  • Then, cover the seed with a thin layer of soil throughout the planted area.
  • Water the newly seeded area, but not too much. Overwatering may drown seeds, making it impossible for grass to grow. Keep the soil just moist until grass has grown to desired height.
  • Some soils have been treated. Treated soils provide nutrients that enable grass growth.

5. Fertilizing

Fertilizer provides the nutrients your lawn needs to grow lush, thick grass.

  • Don’t fertilize the same area twice.
  • Drop spreaders drop fertilizer on the ground directly under the spreader, which is most accurate for evenly distributed fertilizing, but takes more time.
  • Broadcast spreaders cast fertilizer in an array away from the spreader, which is less accurate than a drop spreader, but covers much larger areas in less time.
  • Fertilize during the spring and again in the fall.

6. Raking

Your lawn turf needs air and sunlight. But, wait to rake until the soil dries in the spring and is not too soft, to prevent damaging grass roots. (Be sure to collect fallen twigs and leaves for recycling.) Raking alleviates problems for healthy grass growth, such as:

  • Mold from snow
  • Matted grass thatching due to snow weight
  • Dog spots

7. Mowing

Begin springtime mowing as soon as possible.

  • But, wait until your grass is tall enough so that mower wheels will not damage it.
  • Leave the grass height a little tall for the first mowing to strengthen roots. This helps grass do well throughout the summer heat.

8. Watering

Water your lawn with care.

  • Start watering when temperatures rise above 70 degrees.
  • Typically, watering is not necessary while temperatures are below 70 degrees.

For More Information

If you would like more information or to schedule service, contact Modern Turf today. We are here to answer all of your questions any time.

Are you a homeowner who deeply values your living space? Do you love to come home to a beautiful yard and healthy greenery? Do you own a golf course and want it to look inviting to guests? If any of this sounds like you, then this blog is for you!

Let’s take a look at three foolproof ways you can get the most out of your sod installation.

Tip #1 Measure the Area to the “T”

Accurate measurements are critical when preparing to lay sod. You’ll want to multiply the length times the width to get the exact size where you want to lay your sod. Make sure to add 5% to the total measurement for irregular shapes to ensure complete coverage.

Tip #2 Clear Debris

Pick up any items that might get in the way of laying the sod, such as rocks, stones, pinecones, or planting pots. The “rule of thumb” is if it’s greater than two inches in diameter, clear it from the yard.

Tip #3 Soil Aeration/Water Retention

Use a tiller or shovel to break up 2-3 inches of organic matter in order to make the ground more conducive for the health of your sod. Bypass the Hassle

If you’ve attempted the difficult task of laying sod with do-it-yourself methods. Or if you want to do away with the guesswork and labor, let the pros at Modern Turf come to your aid. Our team is here to answer your questions and help you find the perfect option for your landscaping needs.

Our mission is to bring you the highest quality turf and installation, spearheaded by several former golf course superintendents.

We know turf. Contact us today to pave the way for a future full of green goodness!


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