The hills will soon be alive with the sounds of lawn mowers. Since the 1950’s homeowners have made lawns a key part of most landscapes.
Millions of dollars are spent yearly on lawns. Lawn products are endless and at times homeowners are left trying to decide what to do first.
The following are just a few tips to keep in mind as you work to maintain a healthy lawn.
• Water only when the lawn needs it. Most grasses need about one inch of water per week of active growth. However, this does not mean the grass will die if it does not rain in 10 days. A lot of factors determine when grass needs water.
• Remember it is best to water in early morning to reduce evaporation losses and remove disease-enhancing dew.
• The following are recommended mowing heights (in inches) for Georgia lawns:
Hybrid Bermudagrass, 0.5 to 1.5
Zoysia, 0.5 to 1.5
Centipedegrass, 1 to 1.5
Tall Fescue, 2 to 3
• Mow regularly at the correct height to encourage deep roots and help keep out weeds. Use a sharp blade and remove only a third of the grass height at one time.
• Apply the right amount of fertilizer at the right time to maintain a healthy lawn.
• Test the soil every two to three years to determine if lime, phosphorus or potassium is needed.
The University of Georgia can test your soil. Call the local extension office for details.
• Calibrate your spreader every time it is used to apply the right rate and get even distribution.
Use pesticides sparingly:
• Properly identify weeds, diseases or insects before applying a pesticide.
Follow the product label directions and time applications when the pest is most sensitive. Only use pesticides when truly needed.
• Calibrate your sprayer to deliver the correct amount of product.
The Dawson County Extension Office will be happy to process your soil for testing and answer any of your questions, call the office at (706) 265-2442.
Clark Beusse is the Dawson County extension agent. For more information, call (706) 265-2442.