Lawn and Tree Tips
Number 1 Secret to a Healthy Weed Free Yard.
Along with taking a full program of lawn applications from Easy Lawn, the most important (and easiest) thing you can do for your lawn is to mow it as high as possible. Our recommendation, along with the University of Nebraska is to set your mower height at 3.5 inches. Mowing at that taller height will promote a thicker and healthier yard that will naturally choke out weeds and crabgrass. You will be amazed at how much better your yard looks simply by raising the height of your cut. Leave the buzz cuts to your barber.
Watering your yard at the proper time and using the correct amount is another crucial factor to a great yard. In the spring and fall your yard only needs around 1 inch of water a week. In the heat of the summer we recommend increasing that to 1.5 inches of water per week. The time of the day you water is very important. We strongly recommend early morning watering. If you have an automatic sprinkler system we suggest having it start around 2 am. Afternoon watering is not recommended because you will lose much of it to evaporation. Evening is worst time to water because of the prolonged time the yard will remain wet. The longer the grass blades remain wet, the better your chances of developing a lawn disease such as brown patch or summer patch.
Fill in Those Bare Spots
Thin and bare spots in the yard and along the curbs will always be one of the first places you will see problems such as crabgrass and weeds. It doesn’t matter how many herbicide applications we put down, if you have bare areas weeds will come up. In the spring or preferably the fall, scratch up those areas with a rake and throw down some good quality disease resistant seed. A good healthy lawn makes all the difference.
Careful with that String Trimmer
While string trimming after mowing can give a yard a clean finished look, you must take extreme care in not overdoing it. There is nothing wrong with string trimming a curb line, but you must be extra careful you are not grinding down your curbs to bare dirt, because weeds and crabgrass will be sure to follow. Be mindful when trimming around trees. Trimming into the bark, even a small amount, can be very detrimental to the health of the tree, even going as far as killing it.