Your lawn is the centerpiece of the outside of your home. Keeping your yard looking green and lush will help keep your home looking nice as well. Keeping your yard looking nice requires more than just watering your yard, though. Here are a few turf management tips you can use to keep your yard looking great.
#1 Keep Watering Your Yard
In the summer, your yard needs water to thrive. If you want your yard to look good, you need to water your yard a few times a week. When you water your yard, you need to water your yard deep. To do that, you need to water at a reasonable rate for a long period of time. This will allow the water to saturate the ground and will force your grass to grow long roots to drink up the water, which will help your grass thrive yard round.
#2 Aerate Your Yard
Next, you need to aerate your yard. To aerate your yard, you take an aeration tool and run it along your yard. There are both manual and powered aeration tools. It will essentially create little holes in your soil. This will make it easier for water and nutrients to get into the ground and will help your yard grow.
#3 Fertilize Throughout the Summer
You need to fertilize throughout the summer. Every four to six weeks, starting in the late spring through the early fall, is a good time table. When you fertilize, make sure you are using a fertilizer that contains potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorous. There are the three main types of fertilizer that you need.
Have a professional run a soil test on your yard. This will let you know exactly what nutrients your yard has, and which ones it is lacking in, so that you can provide your yard with the right nutrients it needs to really grow.
#4 Keep Debris Off Your Yard
Don't allow debris to pile up on your yard. Remove build-ups of leaves and other debris from your yard. When you allow things such as huge piles of leaves, or piles of cut up branches, to sit on your yard, it blocks sunlight and water from getting to your grass. If you leave the debris in place for too long, you'll end up with a dead spot on your yard.
Keep your yard looking great by watering it deeply and aerating it to help the water penetrate deep into the ground. Fertilize on a frequent basis and get a soil test so you know the exact fertilizer combination that will be best for your yard. Keep debris off your yard to prevent dead spots.