If you have a lawn in Gainesville, GA, you more than likely have a tall fescue, common Bermuda, or Zoysia lawn. Regardless of the type of lawn you have, you must make sure that your lawn is being maintained properly in order to avoid major problems in the future.
- Are you mowing your lawn at the correct height? This is one of the most important yet overlooked steps in achieving a healthy lawn. Don’t mow your lawn too short just because it may look more manicured at first. Cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade off at one time can cause stress to your lawn and cause it to become thin in areas. Once the foliage starts to thin out, weeds are more likely to become an issue. The University of Georgia recommends the following mowing heights for each type of grass: Tall Fescue- 3-3.5”, Bermudagrass- 1-2”, Zoysiagrass- 1-2”. (Bermuda and Zoysia may require very frequent mowing during the summer to avoid cutting off more than 1/3 of the leaf blades).
- Do you have a proper watering schedule for your lawn? It’s very common for people to over water their lawn. Irrigation is required if your lawn doesn’t receive 1-1.5” of rainfall per week. For the overall health of your lawn, DO NOT water it more than that amount. Too much irrigation can lead to fungal issues and other pests in your lawn. Watering your lawn is pivotal during the dry times of the year to prevent it from becoming thin.
- What are the characteristics of your soil? If you live in Gainesville, GA, you more than likely have clay in your yard. Clay-like soils can provide many problems when trying to grow a healthy lawn. I would recommend having your soil tested. Once you have received the results from the test, you should add the proper amendments which will be listed on the final report. This can be done through your local county extension service.
Remember, chemicals should be a last resort for creating a healthy lawn. The best way is to install and maintain your lawn in the correct manner. This will cut down on the cost of chemical applications and create a more safe and healthy environment for people and our wildlife.
If you’re interested in receiving some lawn care help in Gainesville, GA, please give us a call!
Conner Lawn & Landscape Management
678 997 5269