As you walk through a neighborhood it seems there is always a house where the lawn is beautiful and impeccably maintained. The lush green lawn makes the house stand out from the rest and it’s easy to imagine the happy sounds of children playing on the grass on a warm summer day. You find yourself drifting in thought, wondering how your lawn could look like that.
In Denver, where natural beauty abounds, winters are cold and snowy while the summers average high temperatures in the 80’s. Precipitation levels average 15 inches a year and summer water restrictions are in place. To adapt to these unique conditions here are some specific tips to help you have the most beautiful lawn.
Denver’s dry climate and low annual precipitation levels have led to summer watering rules that are enforced from May 1 to October 1. Watering lawns is not allowed between 10AM and 6PM and you can only water three days a week. You are not allowed to waste water by letting it spray on concrete or asphalt, or pool in streets or gutters.
Leaking sprinkler systems must be fixed within ten days, so be sure to call a reputable Colorado Sprinkler Service and correct the problem in time. All watering rules are mandatory and repeated violations can result in fines.
When watering, experts recommend splitting the time for each watering zone into two segments. Instead of watering one area for fourteen minutes, you can water it for seven minutes and come back for another seven minutes later after the first water soaks in.
Mowing and Caring for your Lawn
When mowing your lawn pay attention to the optimal height for your type of grass seed and follow the one-third guideline when cutting the grass. Ideally, you should only cut off one-third of the grass leaf at any given time. This helps keep the both the plant and the root system strong.
Let’s assume you have a lawn of a popular Denver seed choice, Kentucky Bluegrass, which has a recommended grass height of two inches. It would be best to mow the lawn before it was higher than three inches. Following the one-third rule, you would trim off the top inch of the three inch grass. Grass clippings can generally be left on your lawn as they return nutrients to the soil.
Annual Lawn Maintenance
If you are using an automated sprinkler system and want your lawn to look its best, check the system regularly to assure all equipment is functioning properly. Sprinkler Repair Denver offers both preventative maintenance and sprinkler repair services.
For optimum lawn health aerate your lawn in the fall or spring. This helps improve watering efficiency and keeps the soil from becoming too compact. Fertilizing also helps with lawn health and is often done in May with a follow on treatment in early September and again in late October.
By following these expert tips, you will create a lush lawn that you will be truly proud of. You’ll enjoy sitting on the porch and seeing its emerald-green richness and beauty all summer long!