Lawn Equipment Rentals and these Lawn Care Tips will Keep Your Lawn (and Wallet) Green.
We’ve had a lot of moisture this spring and early summer. We’re at the point now where the days are getting hotter and we’re not getting rainfall every day. While the water was good for our lawns, most homeowners struggled with having to mow once, even twice a week because of how much rain we were getting. Now that the weather seems to have dried about for the summer, we thought we’d give you some summer lawn care tips and tricks. These lawn care tips and tricks will help keep your lawn (and wallet) alive and healthy during those long summer days. Be prepared to invest a little time and money at first. However, using certain lawn equipment rentals will save you money and so will following these practices.
Keep it Trimmed, Not Buzzed
Time Equipment’s lawn equipment rentals are well-maintained and kept in great condition. Many homeowners forget to sharpen their lawnmower blades, which can rip out grass instead of cut it. We take very good care of our rental equipment so that your project goes off without a hitch. While we keep our lawn equipment rentals maintained, settings do sometimes get adjusted. Our first lawn care tips is one of the more common mistakes that people make. They set their lawnmower too low. It’s an easy mistake to make, and one that makes logical sense. If we cut our grass shorter, then we won’t have to mow as often. However, this is fairly counterintuitive. Taller grass actually promotes better root development. Think of it this way, root length mirrors grass length. Shorter the grass, the more shallow the root system. Keeping your grass taller also keeps moisture near the ground. Finally, taller grass blocks that precious sunlight that weed seeds need in order to grow. Following this lawn care tip mimics the average grazing length, which is a natural, healthy length for grass.
Watering properly gives you a healthy lawn, saves money on your water bill, and conserves water. Triple win, right? Follow this lawn care tip and soak the grass weekly to help roots extend deeper into the soil. Watering frequently and for short amounts of time tends to lead to thatch. Thatch is that unsightly web of dry brown runners just above the soil. Deep watering can also help prevent chinch bugs, a little pest that loves to attach to dried, stressed out lawns across the Midwest. To figure out how much water your lawn needs, take your soil type into account: sandy soils dry out faster, while clay soils hold moisture longer and don't require watering as often. If you do have thatch in your lawn, lawn equipment rentals like a power rake can keep the thatch under control.
There are different lawn care tips for different situations. For example, if you’ve just laid grass seed, water every day for five to 10 minutes only. You want to keep the seeds damp without causing runoff that might wash them away or mar the surface with gullies. After the seeds sprout and the new grass is a half inch tall, water once a day for 15 to 20 minutes.
Lawn care tips for laying sod is a little different. You want to keep the sod moist so it doesn’t dry out, and you also want the ground beneath the sod to be wet enough for the roots to work themselves into. You don’t have to worry about seeds getting washed away. For the first two weeks, water your new sod for about 15-20 minutes twice a day. After those two weeks are up, you can switch to once a day for about 15-20. By the fourth week, the roots in the sod should be deep and can be soaked, just like your regular lawn.
Air it Out
We’ve talked about how important it is to have a good root system for your grass. But, when grass and soil get too compacted, nutrients essential to healthy grass can't penetrate to the root system where they're most needed. Aerating relieves this compaction. Compacted soils have a lot of solid particles in a certain volume or space. Because of this, proper air, water, and nutrient circulation within the soil becomes less common. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements. Aeration — poking holes in your lawn to improve oxygen circulation — fixes this. Lawn equipment rentals such as aerators save you money versus buying an aerator, since you only need to use them once or twice a year. Aerating your lawn is just another lawn care tip that’s often overlooked, but saves you time and money by keeping your lawn properly nourished.
Keep your lawn healthy by following these lawn care tips. Time Equipment Rental and Sales offers a wide variety of landscaping and lawn equipment rentals to help you get the job, keep your lawn green, and your wallet full. From aerators to seeders, brush cutters and sod cutters to power rakes, we can help you at no matter what stage of maintenance your lawn is at. Call us today at (605) 348-2360 to speak with our professionals about all of our equipment. Click here to check out our inventory, and Like Us on Facebook to stay connected!