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Tips for Maintaining Green Turf

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

Maintaining green turf is expensive but doing so gives you a healthy and lush-looking lawn. You need to take good care of this unique kind of grass once you have laid and rooted it. Be as cautious as possible until it spreads uniformly. The tips below will help you keep your lawn looking beautiful throughout the year and without much effort. 

Keep It Watered
Once you have laid your green turf, make sure you water it well and that the water soaks the ground below. This first watering is the most important in ensuring the grass holds the earth. For the following two weeks, make sure you water your turf on a daily basis. Watering it early in the morning or late in the evening is an excellent idea if you laid it during a warm season. Right timing ensures your grass absorbs the water before it evaporates because of the sun’s heat. Avoiding over-watering your grass is critical as doing so may lead to the development of problems for your lawn.

Weed It Regularly
Having weeds on your lawn is common. That does not mean that you should ignore them. You can pull these weeds using your hands or a hand-held tool such as a hoe. If they are too many and scattered across your lawn, then you should spray them using herbicide applied directly to the weeds. You can also treat the entire area if necessary. While spraying, make sure you carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them to the letter.

Dethatch Your Lawn
When organic debris accumulates at the base of your green turf, it creates thatches that result in dead patches. Make sure you inspect your lawn regularly. Then dethatch it using a rake if necessary. Dethatching will make it look uneven and terrible. However, it will recover and look uniform after two to three weeks.

Aerate Your Lawn
Aeration is very crucial in keeping your lawn looking green and healthy. You can tell if your turf needs it by checking whether the roots exceed 2 inches. If not, water the grass two days before aeration and then run a core aerator through the grass. Then apply compost or sand on the aerated lawn.

Over-Seed Your Lawn
Fill large empty patches by planting new seeds if you notice them on your lawn. You should seed it in early spring or fall. Then you should water the seeds appropriately until they germinate. Doing so will fill up the patches flawlessly.

Mow the Lawn Accordingly
Following the above tips in maintaining your turf will give you a dense and healthy lawn that resists weeds easily. It is vital for you to mow it cutting off at least a third of the top grass. Set your mower such that it will leave 2.5 or 3 inches tall grass and ensure that you alternate the mower at a 45 or 90 degrees of your last mowing direction. If the cut grass is long, you can use it for mulching. You can also use it to prevent weed seeds from germinating.

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