Choosing and Maintaining Your Perfect Lawn

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At ALM, we understand the pride you take in having a beautiful home and believe that your lawn plays an important role in your home’s appearance. When you invest time, money, and effort into growing a lush green lawn, you want to make sure you’re giving it the best care possible. That’s why we’ve put together tips and tricks for choosing the right type of grass and for keeping it healthy year-round. Check out our tips like:

Choose Between Warm Season Grass & Cool-Season Grass

Hampton Roads is in an area called the “transition zone”, meaning that both warm and cool-season kinds of grass can grow here, but that means there’s no perfect choice for this climate. A few factors to take into consideration when choosing which type of grass to pick include:

  • The particular environment you live in.
  • How much lawn maintenance you’re willing to put in.
  • The way you use your lawn.
  • The way you’d like it to look.

The most popular choice in the area is Tall Fescue grass, a dark green cool-season grass. It looks best during the spring, fall, and winter and requires mowing the most during spring and fall. It grows well from seed and requires slit seeding to repair damage in the fall.

If you’d prefer a warm-season grass that looks best in the late spring and summer, Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, and Zoysia grass are all great choices. These types of grass do, however, require some work in the form of edging and pulling. They can also be costly to establish because they don’t grow well from seed and must be sodded, plugged, or sprigged.

How to Maintain a Healthy Lawn With Proper Mowing

No matter the type of grass you choose, lawn maintenance is crucial to having a lush, healthy lawn. Follow these lawn mowing tips so you can maintain a healthy, green, and luscious lawn all year-long. 

  • Cut to the right height
    • Fescue Grass-3.5-4 in (the top setting on your mower)
    • Bermuda Grass-1-1.5 in
    • St. Augustine Grass, Zoysia Grass, & Centipede Grass-2-2.5 in
    • Rule of thumb: never remove more than ⅓ of the blade at a time
  • Return the clippings
    • Builds up organic matter in your soil
    • Keeps nitrogen and water in the soil system
    • Especially important in new neighborhoods with no topsoil
  • Keep the blades on your lawnmower sharp
    • Sharpen twice in the spring and once in the fall
    • Sharpen if tips of grass look ripped or torn
  • Prepare for slit seeding
    • Cut to 1-1.5 in
    • Bag clippings
    • Mark irrigation heads and other objects that are 2 in. below the surface of the lawn

Water Your Way to The Perfect Lawn

On hot summer days, your grass is in danger of drying out quickly. Finding the proper balance between watering enough and watering too much can be tricky, but we hope to make it a little easier with these helpful suggestions to help you grow the perfect lawn:

  • During dry spells, water 2-3 times a week for about 20-30 minutes per zone
  • Avoid watering every day unless your lawn is newly seeded
  • Newly seeded lawns should be watered for 15 minutes, twice a day for the first 2-3 weeks
  • Deep and infrequent watering is best for established turf
  • Finish watering by 8 AM

ALM Offers Expert Lawn Service

Still unsure of what type of grass would best suit your needs? Need help keeping your lawn in top-notch shape? At ALM, our highly trained and experienced team of lawn care professionals understands the complexities of growing and maintaining a lawn that will make your neighbors jealous. Ready to have the luxurious green lawn you’ve always wanted, contact our team today.

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