It’s that time of year again; time for your beautiful green grass surrounded by newly planted trees will be the envy of all your neighbors.
The National Gardening Association estimates that the U.S. households spent over 28 billion dollars on their lawn and gardens in 2013. Here are some major cash saving tips for keeping your lawn and garden in check.
1. Over seed your grass – Let’s say your lawn was planted several decades ago, it’s possible that your species is more prone to disease and requires more care and feeding than newer, more drought friendly species of grass. Of course you don’t have to start all over, you simply have to over seed your lawn.
The best time to seed is in the fall to for a better yield in the spring. You can waste money on your lawn and garden care by seeding at the incorrect times. If you seed in the spring, it only has a very limited time to take root and mature…the summer heat is a killer.
2. Aerate your lawn- Aerate each fall. Aeration is simply poking holes in your lawn to loosen the soil. Aerating helps remove the lawn dark color build up between the soil and the base of the grass;and your yard will breath and retain moisture easier. You can rent your own aerate machine or hire a company to do it for you. It’s a great investment for a healthy lawn.
3. Water your grass at the right time – Many people make the mistake in lawn and garden care to water at the wrong time of the day. If you water during the day, the hot and dry weather quickly evaporates. If you water at night, that can cause disease or fungus because of the wet conditions. The best time to water your lawn and garden is between 4 a.m and 8 a.m.
4. Leave your grass taller – Don’t mow the grass low. Keep your grass cut high. This saves you money because of less watering and allows the grass to have a longer root system.
Happy Lawn and Garden Care season!