It’s time to build the lawn of your dreams. From the Odessa lawn care experts to you, here are the bare bones basics of starting a lawn, and keeping it healthy and lush for years to come.
Choose the right seed (or don’t).
For the best lawn possible, you need the right grass seed for the conditions of your yard. Dealing with some direct, heavy sunlight and intense heat? Expecting a lot of foot (and paw) traffic? Looking to mow your lawn as little as possible? These are all things to keep in mind when choosing grass seed for your outdoor space.
If starting a lawn from scratch isn’t your thing, you can always lay down some sod for instant grass satisfaction. Whatever the case, be sure to choose a type of grass that’s right for your needs.
Even the greenest of lawns require a hearty meal every so often, which is why fertilization is so important for a long-lasting lawn success. The rule of (green) thumb: fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall, and add a third fertilization in mid-summer if your lawn is looking a bit famished. Some lawn care experts also recommend you add dolomitic lime to your lawn every few years. Over time, fertilization and watering will make your soil acidic—adding dolomitic lime will balance out the pH of your soil while enriching it with calcium and magnesium. However, not all geographic areas have this problem, so be sure to check the pH of your lawn before you unleash the lime.
The secret is out: if you have a lawn, you’re gonna have to mow it. But much of the time, novice lawn care enthusiasts mow too low, or mow too often. In times of doubt, it’s best to do less instead of more. Taller grass provides shade from direct sunlight, protecting root health and development, and keeping soil temperatures cool for a happy healthy lawn—even in the heat of a West Texas summer.
Watering is essential for a healthy lawn—but it’s the way you water that’s important. Shallow, frequent watering can lead to thatch—or loose, brown blades floating just above the soil of your lawn. Too much water can saturate the roots of your lawn, drowning the root system and preventing essential oxygen from strengthening the roots. So what’s the best way to find balance for a healthier, greener lawn?
The best method is to water weekly, and water deep. By saturating your soil once a week, you give your lawn and its root system the water it needs, but you also give those roots time to dry out and absorb oxygen—the best of both worlds. Plus, watering weekly is much less stressful than watering daily!
Let it breathe.
If your soil becomes too compacted, it won’t be able to receive the water and nutrients it needs to sustain health and growth over time. That’s why aeration is incredibly important in the yearly lawn care process. Aeration—or the act of poking holes in your lawn—opens up pockets of air in your soil for optimal oxygen, water, fertilizer intake, allowing your lawn to make the most of what helps it grow.
It’s best to aerate early on in the growing season to allow your lawn to recover from the soil plugs you’ve removed from it, and to make sure your lawn in prim and proper for the summer Texas BBQ season. Buy a manual aerator at your local hardware store, or stomp around the yard in your golf shoes for a while to give your lawn some air.
Choose the Odessa lawn care experts!
Sometimes, it’s best to leave tough and important tasks to the professionals. You wouldn’t want to be your own doctor, would you? Luckily, the professionals at Mason Landscaping & Design are the licensed physicians of the lawn care world, taking all the steps to keep your lawn beautiful, and diagnosing lawn problems as they arise. Enjoy your lawn, and leave the hard work to us—get started with Mason Landscaping & Design today!