With the fall season fast approaching and Nashville schools opening their doors, your schedule is about be hectic, and your lawn probably won’t get the love and attention it deserves. Americans have had a love affair with their lawns since they first became popular in the mid-20th century, and keeping them well groomed means investing a little bit of time and love into your yard. Keep these tips in mind when you’re taking care of your weekly yard chores:
Aerate and Overseed
The hot Nashville summers can do a number on your lawn and soil. Nashville soil is typically hard and nutrient deficient, so core aeration is essential to promoting a healthy root system. This process allows oxygen, water, and fertilizer to seep deeper into your soil—which promotes higher stress resistance. The holes created during an aeration also allow roots to grow longer and to thicken in the process. An aeration machine can be rented from many local home improvement or equipment rentals stores, and aeration only needs to be done every one to two years (depending on how much use your yard receives).
Nashville sits in the transition zone—which means that both cool and warm grass types can be grown in your yard. Overseeding is the act of dispersing new grass seeds over your lawn to promote stronger grass and to encourage new blade growth. Since central Tennessee is part of the transition zone, you may find a combination of different grass types that can thrive in different conditions. A typical grass combination for the Nashville area is Kentucky bluegrass mixed with ryegrasses to allow for a healthy lawn year round.
Test Your Soil
Properly identifying what your soil is lacking will ensure that you’re giving your lawn everything it needs to stay healthy. Soil tests can help you properly target problem areas and then treat the areas with the correct fertilizer. This will also help you determine what grass types will grow the best in your soil. Many local lawn care companies will come out and take a core sample of your soil for testing purposes. Whether you seek professional lawn care help or not, they can help provide you with a little more insight into what products will work best with your soil type.
Nashville’s clay-based soil doesn’t promote the best growth, so fertilization is necessary to add in the correct amount of nutrients. The fall season is the best time to fertilize your lawn. Fall fertilization will help your lawn repair from the stress it dealt with during the hot summer months and promote healthy root systems that will handle the cold winter months ahead. Make sure that you test your soil prior to laying down a fertilizer so that you have a better idea of the nutrients that your soil and lawn seeks.
A proper watering routine can do wonders for your lawn’s health. Make sure that you’re watering thoroughly in the early morning—before the midday heat sets in. Since Central Tennessee has a relatively humid climate, watering in the late evening or night leaves your lawn moist which encourages the growth of fungal diseases. Also, make sure that you’re watering deeply rather than frequently. Deep watering sessions allow your soil to retain moisture longer which can be a benefit when your area goes through a dry spell or cold winter.
Proper mowing techniques will help prepare your lawn to deal with the stresses that the winter months will bring. Keep your mower blade high when passing over your lawn to keep the blades healthy. Different grass types require different levels of care, so make sure that you identify what type of grass you have in your yard. Mowing too low can result in scalping your lawn, which can result in damaging the blades and leaving your lawn susceptible to diseases.
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