For any homeowner or business owner, the first thing people see is the outdoor space. So, it’s understandable you would want your lawn to look its best. Beyond appearance, a lush and luxurious yard is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon, a summer barbecue, or an outdoor party. Unfortunately, achieving and maintaining a beautiful green lawn is harder than it sounds. There are any number of pests and issues that can make your lawn look patchy, discolored, or thin. But, here’s the good news: our experts at Cortada Landscape Design have some tips on how you can get your lawn back in tip-top shape quickly.
Mow Your Grass Higher
In some cases, mowing your grass too short can make it look sparser, thus impeding its growth. The grass uses the surface of its blades to aid in food production. So, if you cut away too much, it can restrict your lawn’s growth in the long-term and even make it look sparser in the short term because the soil is more visible. Every grass variety is unique, so our lawn-care experts can help you determine the best way to cut your grass. But, in most cases, you don’t want to remove more than a third of the blade length at a time.
Switch Up Your Mowing Pattern
If you’re looking for a quick solution, you may be able to step up the cosmetics of your lawn just by using a different mowing pattern. Try using a checkerboard pattern or diagonal lines. In the same way that parting your hair on the opposite side can make you feel like you have a whole new haircut, giving your lawn a new mowing pattern might produce the updated look you want.
Clean Up the Edges
Another way to spruce up an already healthy lawn is to trim it a little around the edges. Giving your yard clean lines, particularly around your existing landscape, makes it look professionally maintained and manicured – the perfect finishing touch to step up your curb appeal.
Freshen Up Your Landscaping Mulch
One of the fastest ways to restore color, texture, and depth to your outdoor space is to put a new layer of mulch throughout your landscaping. There are a variety of materials and colors to choose from, and our talented professionals at Cortada Landscape Design can select the perfect mulch to complement your existing landscaping and make your accents pop.
Go Easy on the Weed-Killer
Many homeowners and business owners who are planning a special event decide that a few days before the event is the perfect time to get rid of their weeds. The problem is, however, that many people use the wrong weed killer or misuse their herbicide and wind up killing more vegetation than they wanted. If you have unwanted weeds, the best course of action is to contact a professional who can clean up your lawn with precision.
Clear Away Debris
The cosmetic appearance alone makes homeowners and business owners despise having debris, such as pebbles and sand, in their yard. But, did you know that it can also limit your grass’ ability to grow fully and vibrantly? Occasionally, walk your lawn and clear it of any unwanted debris. As a bonus, you’ll keep your lawn clear of stones that could be damaging or even dangerous the next time you mow.
Fertilize, but Only When the Time is Right
Fertilizer is most homeowners’ go-to product when they want their lawns to be thick and plush. However, it’s certainly not a cure-all, and it can do more harm than good if you administer it incorrectly, unevenly, or at the wrong time. There are certain times of the year when it’s ideal to fertilize, although this depends on your specific grass and climate. So, it’s best to consult with our professionals before you consider fertilizing your lawn.
Start Mulching Your Grass Clippings
For many, grass clippings are an inconvenient byproduct of the mowing process. But, they can be assets. By chopping the clippings into smaller pieces and spreading them on your lawn, you can help nourish your lawn and stimulate growth. It’s a win-win – you enhance your grass’ growth and no longer need to dispose of clippings every time you mow.
Overseed or Reseed
If you have patches of dead grass, the only way to revitalize your lawn to a beautiful green is to replace the dead grass with fresh seed. If the damage covers less than half your lawn, you can use the simpler treatment of overseeding. While the process involves several steps for it to be successful, overseeding basically requires planting new seed among your existing grass to increase fullness and repair patchiness. On the other hand, if more than 50 percent of your yard is damaged, it’s probably time to start from scratch.
Embrace the Power of Aeration
If your lawn is lackluster, compacted soil is a very common problem. When your ground is too tightly packed, it limits the water and nutrients that can reach your grass’ roots. With a professional aeration treatment, you can loosen up the soil and truly allow your existing grass to reach its full potential.
Water with Care
Hydrating your grass is certainly an important way to keep your lawn looking its best, but too much water can create a problem. Did you know that the time of day when you water your grass also has a strong impact on your lawn’s health? Rather than just setting up a sprinkler, make sure you’re giving your grass the right amount of water when and how it needs it.
Your lawn is one of the most noticeable and important aspects of curb appeal for your home or business. No lawn is perfect on its own. They all need care, maintenance and sometimes repair to keep them looking good. If you want to breathe new life into your lawn, schedule a consultation with our experts at Cortada Landscape Design, who can develop the ideal solution to help your lawn and landscaping truly add to your property’s look.