Examining the Roots of Your Lake Norman, NC Lawn
Beauty on the Inside
Cultivating a healthy lawn takes time, patience, and, most importantly, plenty of water and a thriving root system. In fact, your lawn’s wellbeing starts and ends with its roots – and all that time spent mowing, trimming and fertilizing won’t mean a thing if your grass doesn’t have healthy roots. Careful maintenance is required to keep your lawn’s root system well anchored and constantly growing. Learn more about what you can do to keep your turf at its best – now and next spring.
Water Deeply. Many Lake Norman, NC homeowners let their irrigation practices slide during the hotter summer months and often forget to ramp up their water supply during the fall – even when seasonal temperatures are warmer and rainfall is scarce. No matter the time of year, watering deeply and infrequently is the best way to go. Remember: you want moisture to reach 4-6 inches below the surface of the lawn without watering so much that the roots become “lazy.” This will teach your lawn’s roots to reach more deeply into the soil for a water source.
Watch Your Mowing Height. The height of your grass is directly correlated to root depth. The majority of homeowners mow too low, resulting in a shallow rooting system that isn’t able to provide sufficiently for the lawn. Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and ryegrass can all be maintained at a height of 3 to 4 inches throughout the growing season – the only time you’ll want to go any lower is for your last mow of the year. Keep in mind that some grasses are designed to be cut shorter all year round, such as bentgrass, zoysia, and Bermudagrass. These turf species can develop healthy roots even with a lower grass height.
Aerate Your Lawn. Compacted soil is the easiest way to stunt root growth. Grass roots will not be able to extend deeper into the soil if there is no room for movement. Mechanical core aeration will help eliminate compaction and improve the movement of air, water, and nutrients to your lawn’s roots.
Fertilize the Right Way. A bit of extra nutrition can make all the difference in the world when it comes to the health of your roots (as long as your soil is healthy, of course!). When selecting a fertilizer, stick with a slow-release variety. Slow-release fertilizers distribute nutrients when they’re needed – over the course of several weeks – and promote root growth in the process. Fast-release fertilizers, on the other hand, are gobbled up quickly by surface plants, leaving the roots with fewer nutrients.
Maintain Your Soil pH. A soil’s pH level is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity, and plays a significant role in determining the overall health of your lawn. The ideal pH range is between 6.0 and 7.0 – anything higher or lower may result in unsightly, slow-growing turf with shallow roots. Weed Man can educate you on the natural acidity or alkalinity of your lawn, and apply a treatment to correct any imbalances and get your roots growing deeply into the soil.
A healthy lawn starts with healthy roots. Keep those roots growing and thriving and you’ll reap the benefits.
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