The hot and dry climate of summer can be a major threat to Georgia lawns, and your turf will show the signs of stress if it isn’t taken care of properly. Fighting for a healthy lawn this summer includes more than just adequate watering. Another critical factor in helping your grass survive is proper mowing. Are your mowing habits hurting or harming your summer lawn?
Do you have pools of water in your yard after a hard rain? If so, it needs to be addressed. Fortunately drainage and erosion problems can be solved with a variety of solutions, including rain gardens, dry wells, French drains, retention walls and grading. However, one of the most subtle and natural-looking ways to tackle poor drainage on your property is with the simple installation of a dry creek bed. Here’s a closer look at the what, where, why and how of dry creek beds.
Laying down grass sod is an excellent way to start a new lawn or revamp an area of turf that has become brown or barren. Sod installation is performed in several steps. In fact, the steps you take to prepare your lawn for sod can be some of the most important. Sod failure can often occur when the soil is not properly prepared before sod is laid down.
To maximize your new sod investment and ensure you’re giving it the best chance of success, it is important that you pay attention to the condition of your existing soil first. In fact, you may want to hold off on the purchase of your new sod until your soil prep work is complete.
If you’ve invested time and money into your landscape, it is important to protect its condition and appearance. Unfortunately, weeds can be one of the strongest and most stubborn threats to your landscape. Therefore, beyond general lawn services (like mowing, trimming and fertilizing), it is important to include weed control in your overall landscape maintenance.
While it is not a task that should be done weekly or even monthly, core aeration can be a vital service for your lawn in certain conditions. Lawn aeration refers to the method of punching holes into your turf to allow moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil. If a lawn is not aerated routinely, your efforts to water and fertilize your grass this spring could be sabotaged because these components can’t reach the roots.