If you don’t know what lime soil amendments are, you may be missing out on an essential way to have a healthy lawn…maybe. It all depends on the pH of your soil. Lime comes from limestone and is ground up into a powder that can be added to your soil. Lime contains calcium carbonate (the same stuff in antacids) and magnesium carbonate, and it will increase the pH of your soil, so it is less acidic. It is not a fertilizer but instead changes the growing conditions of your lawn so your lawn can use nutrients available in a better fashion.
Planting a lawn from scratch is a rewarding process. You prep the lawn and decide exactly where borders will be. You prep gardens and sidewalks for the perfect framing. Then, you plant seeds and wait…for what seems like a long time. Then one day, you see one blade of grass. Then you see fifty. Your lawn explodes, and before you know it, it’s time to mow.
The idea of laying sod to start a new lawn or repair an old lawn seems like a simple solution. Sure, you have to spend a little more, but who cares? You get an instant lawn, and that’s what makes sod amazing. However, the truth about amateur sod jobs is dismal. There are things you must do to avoid killing your new sod, and unless you talk to a professional or have some good research capabilities, you may miss some tips and tricks that allow for success.
On average, your lawn needs one inch of water per week. If your soil is sandy, it is best to do this in 2 half-inch sessions per week, so the roots have time to absorb the moisture. In the summer this is especially important because hot temperatures will dry the soil. However, there are many ways to get that water to your lawn. If you don’t have an underground system, you have some decisions to make in the portable sprinkler arena.
Bermudagrass is a warm season grass, so June is a good month to perform multiple maintenance activities. From fertilizing to aeration, bermudagrass is actively growing during these months and can handle the maintenance required to make it remain beautiful throughout most of the year. Here are the activities to consider for bermudagrass in June according to the University of Georgia Extension Office:
May 12th is at its end, but it’s never too late to give your mother the gift of lawn care. Flowers are a beautiful sentiment, but lawn care is a gift that continues to give throughout the year. Especially if your mother works full-time or is not able to physically handle manual labor, hiring the work to be done professionally is a welcomed relief from front yard or backyard eyesores. Lawns are meant to be enjoyed, but when mom does not have time to care for the lawn, the gift of lawn care is perfect.
It does not matter if you grass is cool season or warm season, it can suffer in the summer heat. Cool season grasses will go dormant under cooler temperatures than warm season, but all grass (and plants) suffer when the temps soar and cloud cover is sparse.
There are two sides to the spectrum of lawn care. On the extreme side, there are people out there hand picking undesirable grass blades and fluffing their lawn regularly with a leaf blower. On the complacent side, there are lawns ridden with dandelions and crabgrass. It is arguable if either side of the spectrum has better prioritization, but must people fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
If your St. Augustine lawn looks like it is in severe need of water, you may have a chinch bug problem. Although St. Augustine grass is not as common north of Atlanta due to cold susceptibility, it is a favorite food for chinch bugs all over the South. For homeowner’s already gambling with the risk of cold affecting their lawn, chinch bugs are a pest that can create additional obstacles to this thick-bladed beautifully-colored grass.
Some grass is not cut out for high traffic, and that is okay for the homeowner who is rarely home and doesn’t have family playing outside. Some yards welcome traffic regardless of who is home, and they may fall prey to kids walking home from school or taking a shortcut to a nearby park. Lastly, maybe your yard can handle normal traffic, but your last barbecue or yard sale was too much for it. Whatever the reason, there are things you can do to revive your withering lawn and make it the luscious green carpet it once was.