Everyone loves a green, velvety soft lawn for reasons ranging from the way it feels on the bottoms of bare feet on a warm summer day to the way it frames even humble homes in a way that makes them appear elegant. By the same token, however, drab, brown and weed-ridden yards detract significantly from homeowners' enjoyment of their property as well as its visual appeal. Cultivating an attractive lawn can be time and labor intensive, but many find it worth it. Fortunately, strategies exist to lessen the amount of time and care it takes to keep a lawn looking good.
Watering on a daily basis may keep your lawn looking lush and green, but it also encourages the formation of shallow root systems -- and these don't bode well for the overall health of your lawn. Well-developed root systems that go deep promote optimal oxygen levels in the soil that are conducive to the presence of beneficial microbes. In average conditions, lawns only need one inch of water twice a week. A standard trick is to place a tuna can in an area that receives the water from the sprinkler. When the can is full, the area has received one inch of water. Another reason why watering more frequently can harm lawns is because the practice encourages fungal and pathogen growth by maintaining constant damp conditions just beneath the surface of the soil. Also, if you're watering on an almost daily basis, your lawn will incur substantial damage in the event that the routine watering schedule somehow gets interrupted because it won't have the necessary root system to access deeper water sources.
Choose the Right Grass Type
How well lawns perform depends largely on the type of grass chosen and how the yard in question is used. If you've got active children in your household who love to play outside, you're going to want a sturdier type of grass than if your lawn is primarily for appearance. Consider having Zoysia grass planted if significant foot traffic is a part of the overall picture in your outdoor living space. Buffalo grass is another good choice and is often used in school yards. Climate should also be taken into consideration. If you live in an area that enjoys relatively mild winters and warm summers, consider a warm season grass such as Bermuda grass. If you get lots of cold temperatures in winter and mild summers, plant a cool season grass such as Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue.
Feel free to contact a local landscaping service like Arbor Landscape and Sprinklers for more information on keeping your lawn healthy and attractive without it taking up all of your free time.