One of the best ways to guarantee a consistently beautiful property is to work with Scientific Plant Service to provide professional analysis and treatments. However, it is also essential to make sure you care for your lawn in between those seasonal treatments. Regularly mowing, watering, and clearing your yard of debris helps your property maintain its health and beauty. In order to practice these maintenance tasks there are five lawn care tools you should have on hand.
The lawn mower is perhaps the most essential of all lawn care tools. Mowers are crucial for keeping your lawn well-trimmed and encouraging abundant growth. However, there are guidelines to follow that enable you to get the most out of your lawn mower. For instance, never remove more than a third of the grass height, and be sure to keep your blades at height to avoid distressing your turf. Turf-type tall fescue and other cool season turfgrasses should be mowed at 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches. Additionally, mulching grass clippings on your lawn will recycle nutrients back into the soil.
Edger or String Trimmer
If you want to keep the edges of your landscape looking crisp, clean, and well-manicured, an edger should be included in your tool shed. Edgers have sharp blades, while string trimmers use a small plastic string turned at very high speeds. These tools are used to trim the small detailed areas of your lawn like where your grass meets your driveway, street, or flower bed.
A System for Irrigating
A quality irrigation system can be a critical component of great lawn care. Grass, like all plants, requires an ample supply of water to continue growing and thriving. Your irrigation system must be appropriately designed to reach all areas of your lawn and ensure even water distribution throughout the property.
When using an automated irrigation system, it is important to use it properly. The best time to water the lawn is during early morning hours and only when the lawn needs water. It is best to apply water “when needed” rather than on a fixed schedule. When watering it is very important to water slowly, allowing the water to infiltrate to a depth of 6 inches. Light and frequent watering causes roots to remain in the top few inches rather than reaching deep into the soil profile. Frequent watering also promotes fungal diseases by keeping the leaf blades wet for long periods of time.
It may seem simple, but a wheelbarrow can be one of the most helpful lawn care tools. This tool can help you move garden soil, mulch, and other large items around your property without straining yourself or making a mess. It can also make some lawn tasks, like leaf collection, more efficient.
A small number of leaves won’t harm your lawn, but large clusters of them can block necessary sunlight and airflow to your turf. If this layer of leaves is left alone too long, it can suffocate your healthy grass. Many property owners choose to rake leaves off their lawn, but a blower is less disruptive to the lawn. Instead, a leaf blower can help you quickly gather the leaves into one area so they can be efficiently discarded or composted.
If you want further advice on how to maintain your lawn or which mowing or watering practices are best for your grass, contact Scientific Plant Service today.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.