If you have put in the work or paid a landscaping company to do so, you now have a lawn you can be proud of. But lawn upkeep is now an important commitment to that investment of time, sweat, and money. A well-maintained lawn not only enhances the beauty of your property but also provides a refreshing green space for your personal relaxation and recreation. Like maintaining other parts of your home and property, it is a point of pride for you.
Proper lawn upkeep is essential to ensure a lush, green, and healthy lawn during peak summer months and even into the fall of New England. By making sure you are taking care of these top four tasks, you can maintain a stunning lawn that is the pride of the neighborhood.
Four Important Tasks for Lawn Maintenance
There are four essential tasks local Maine landscaping company, Boulay Landscaping recommends to maintain your lawn so it remains vibrant and healthy all year long.
- Regular Mowing: Mowing is the cornerstone of lawn care and one of the most crucial tasks to keep your lawn looking its best. Regular mowing helps promote healthy growth, prevents thatch buildup, and keeps the grass at an ideal height. The frequency of mowing depends on the grass type and the rate of growth, but a general rule of thumb is to mow every 1-2 weeks during the growing season. Mower blades need to be sharp to prevent tearing the grass. It’s also very important to avoid cutting more than one-third of the grass height at a time. Cutting too much can stress the grass plants and cause damage and slow growth.
- Proper Watering: Water is essential for a thriving lawn, but overwatering or underwatering can be detrimental. Proper watering means finding the right balance between sufficient hydration and not saturating the soil. Water the lawn early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. It’s better to water deeply and less frequently rather than shallow, frequent watering, as this encourages deeper root growth and makes the grass more resilient during dry spells. Consider using a sprinkler system or a soaker hose for even water distribution. Work with your landscaper to find the correct balance and schedule.
- Fertilization: To maintain a healthy lawn, you need to “feed” it with essential nutrients through lawn fertilization. The frequency of fertilization depends on the grass type and climate, but it’s typically done two to four times a year. You will need a high-quality, balanced fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the right proportions. Make sure to avoid over-fertilization, which can damage the grass and harm the environment. There are also organic fertilizers for an eco-friendlier approach.
- Weed Control: Weeds are the enemy of a beautiful lawn, competing for nutrients, sunlight, and water. Regular weed control is crucial to prevent them from taking over your yard. Manual weeding is effective for small areas, but for larger lawns, it’s best to use pre-emergent herbicides in the spring and post-emergent herbicides for existing weeds. Given the ingredients, it is necessary to take precautions to protect beneficial plants and wildlife. A combination of proper mowing, watering, and fertilization helps prevent weed infestations.
Lawn upkeep is a labor of love that pays off with a picturesque and inviting landscape. With regular mowing, watering correctly, fertilizing appropriately, and controlling weeds, you can maintain a lawn that is a source of pride and enjoyment. Consult with a qualified and reliable Lawn Care professional to adjust your lawn care routine based on seasonal changes and specific grass types. A landscaping company can take the burden of lawn upkeep off your shoulders (and back) so you can relax and appreciate the beauty of your well-cared-for lawn.
Contact Boulay Landscaping Today
At Boulay Landscaping, we believe every plant, including grass, deserves tender loving care. Let us help you to provide that. Boulay Landscaping serves these southern Maine and New Hampshire communities Biddeford ME, Kennebunk ME, Sanford ME, Wells ME, York ME, Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, and more.
To find out more about our valuable services, contact Boulay Landscaping today at (207) 251-6230 and learn about all of our services including Lawn Care, Garden Care, Tree Services, Irrigation, Hardscaping, Spring and Fall Cleanup, Snow plowing and Ice control, and Firewood Sales.