Learning to Love Your Lawn Care Schedule

The health of a lawn rests with a good lawn care and irrigation system schedule beginning in the spring. If you've struggled to keep your lawn healthy throughout the heat of summers past, then it may be time to make some adjustments to your lawn maintenance schedule. If you haven't struggled, it's still good to get some friendly reminders about what a good maintenance schedule looks like. At Nutri-Lawn Burlington Inground Sprinkler Systems, we want our customers to be fully satisfied with their lawns, so we've provided some tips to help get you on the way to a near flawless property.

Hoses are a Hassle – Inground Sprinkler Systems Save the Day
Don't bother with the hassle of a hose and above ground sprinkler. These are not the most effective way to water your lawn, and can cost you more money than you may know. Inground sprinkler systems can be programmed to make sure your lawn gets the right amount of water at the right time, so you aren't left guessing if your grass needs more or less. Did you know that your lawn only needs about 1-2 inches of water each week? Or that the best time to water is actually at dawn? Watering at dawn ensures the water has time to soak in without resting on the soil long enough to accumulate mould. An irrigation system takes away the bother of waking up early to water your lawn at the right time.

A good irrigation system can also be programmed to sense when it's rained, and turn off to avoid over watering your lawn. This is a great process for water conservation, as well as protecting your lawn from disease caused from too much water resting on the soil.

Dethatch to Deter Damage
Thatch build up prevents your lawn from getting the most out of your inground sprinkler systems. It also breeds and festers mould, and other lawn diseases. Thatch is the accumulation of detritus among your grass blades, which compacts on the surface of your lawn. It also hinders the ability of water to filter through the soil, causing your grass to dry up. This build up of water on the surface will invite mould to invade your lawn.

Dethatching is an effective, and often necessary, technique for letting your lawn breathe. At Nutri-Lawn Burlington, we recommend dethatching in early, rather than late, spring. Dethatching in late spring won't give your lawn enough time to recover from the change before the heat of summer comes in full force.

Mow With Care
Mowing your lawn properly allows your Nutri-Lawn Burlington Inground Sprinkler System to be put to good use. Mowing a lawn too short will hinder the grass blades from being able to reach toward water and other necessary nutrients. If your grass is too long, it will shade the surface of the soil and stop the sun from soaking up excess water, which will then breed mould. Nutri-Lawn Burlington recommends trimming 1/3 of the blade from your lawn once a week to keep it a healthy length. If you're not sure about what the length of your grass should be, talk to a Nutri-Lawn Burlington representative as the suitable grass length can vary from lawn to lawn.

Make sure also that your mower's blades are sharp. Dull blades rip and tear at the grass, rather than offer the clean, healthy cut provided by sharp mowers.

Reduce Compaction with Core Aeration
Compacted soil will struggle to soak up the water from your inground sprinkler systems. Compaction happens over a long winter, and can continue to happen throughout the summer. Core aeration will solve the problem by puncturing your lawn with holes. These holes let your lawn breathe, and also provide entry areas for water from your irrigation system to get deeper in the soil. Usually aeration once annually is enough to benefit your lawn, but some lawns need a little extra help. Your Nutri-Lawn Burlington irrigation specialist will help you figure out the best aeration schedule for your lawn.

Don't wait to get started on your Nutri-Lawn Inground Sprinkler System installation. Contact Nutri-Lawn for your free quote today!