How To Maintain Your Turf Lawn

A turf lawn is a great way to have a luscious yard. It’s easy to place, and with proper maintenance can last for years. Without properly caring for your turf lawn, though, you can end up with dead turf, which is just a giant waste of money. Here are some things to remember to keep your lawn lush and green for longer.

Importance Of Mowing

Turf should not be mowed for the first few weeks after it’s been laid. The new turf needs a chance to establish in the soil. Mowing before this has happened can damage the turf. Once it’s been established you can mow the turf. You should use a mower that will allow you to adjust the height. Mowing it too close to the ground can cause the turf to dry out and burn. Mowing it too high will end up being more work on you since you will need to mow more often. An average turf lawn should be mowed approximately 3 inches high, so adjust your mower to reflect this.

Use Fertilizer

Using fertilizers regularly is important to keep your turf lawn looking great. Summer is the best time to fertilize your turf since this is when the lawn will take on more of the nutrients. Most turf lawns can be fertilized using a nitrogen fertilizer. Figure on 2 to 4 lbs. for every 1,000 square feet. If your lawn is a high traffic area, you will want to fertilize with a heavier dose, between 4 and 5 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. 

Proper Watering

Setting up a watering schedule will be vital to keep your turf lawn healthy and vibrant. It’s always best to water in the mornings. This way even in the hottest of weather the turf won’t burn under the sun. Watering midday can cause the turf to turn brown if the temperatures are high in your area. You want to make sure you aren’t over watering the lawn either. This can cause the roots to decay, which spells certain death for your lawn. Different areas of the country will have different requirements for watering. The best thing to do is to check with your local gardening cooperative or a local landscaping company to find out how much water your lawn should get.

Pest Control

Just as different areas of the country will have different requirements for irrigation, the same holds true for pests. For example, chiggers are prominent pests in the Southern states, and sod-worms are more common in the Midwest. You will want to check to see what pests are common for your area and then treat your lawn. There are some types of turf that are naturally more resistant to certain pests. You can also control pest problems by treating your lawn with the proper pesticides for the bugs you are trying to eliminate or avoid.

A well-maintained turf lawn will rarely have problems with pests and weeds. It will also bring you enjoyment for a long time. Taking care of turf is no harder than any other landscaping, and the rewards are great.