Everyone likes a nice looking yard. A fresh cut lawn and careful trimming and edging can complement your home and make it look sharp.
The key to a nice looking lawn is good soil preparation, proper watering, fertilizing and consistent mowing. See our fertilizing section for more information.
Soil preparation: Prior to laying sod or seeding, take the time to have a good layer of topsoil. This gives your grass the ability to develop a better root system. Soil amendments can be added to improve the quality of your soil. In some cases adding a thin layer of high quality top soil (top dressing) may be needed if the base layer has too much sand, gravel or clay.
Proper watering: To encourage deep rooting and to conserve water, irrigate lawns as deeply and infrequently as possible. In our area, 1 to 2 inches of water per week during the spring and fall is adequate. Average this over 2 to 3 days per week. During the summer your lawn may need up to 3 or 4 inches of water per week, increasing watering frequency to 3 to 4 days per week.
Consistent Mowing: To keep a lawn healthy, mow the grass when it’s about a third taller than the recommended height. Grass is weakened if it grows too long between mowings. It can also be beneficial to leave the shorter clippings (or mulching) on your lawn to decompose and add nitrogen back to the soil.