4 Steps to Developing a Resilient Deep Root System
Getting a lawn that inspires jealousy in your neighbours really comes down to one thing - establishing a deep, healthy root system. This one factor helps solve the many issues that prevent us from getting grass that can rival a golf course's!
Once you've successfully established a resilient root system, you will worry less about browning from drought, being overrun by crabgrass and dandelions, having thin looking turf and suffering from insect damage.
The Importance of the Roots
The roots are what send nutrients to the rest of the plant, allowing it to thrive. When roots are located shallow in the soil, they are vulnerable. They have less opportunity to absorb nutrients, their water supply can easily be dried up on a hot day, and they're conveniently accessible to small pests. There are 4 factors that can help you avoid having a shallow-rooted lawn.
Applying a fertilizer regularly will provide additional nutrients to help nourish a healthy plant. For best results, apply in early April, late May, early July, early September, and late October. When choosing a fertilizer, it's important that you select a slow release formula. Other types will create a boom in growth and then quickly wash away. What you want is sustained nutrient improvements at root level. A slow release formula will stay around for about 4 weeks- giving lots of time for it to penetrate the soil. This means your roots won't have to stay shallow to access the fertilizer.
Leaving at least 3 inches of blade when you mow is a great way to lessen the effect of extreme heat on the root system. The longer the grass, the more shade is provided for the more fragile components. Cutting the grass frequently, and never removing more than 1/3 of its total length will give you the best results.
If your water doesn't spring back once you step on it, you need to water it. But the mistake many homeowners make is watering frequently, but for a short duration. This encourages the roots to stay shallow in the soil because this is where they can find the moisture they need. Instead of watering frequently, water deeply. You should aim to soak at least 6-8 inches into your soil. You can tell that you've achieved this when there is around an inch of water covering over the surface of your ground.
Grass has a lifecycle, just like any other living thing. Your blades will slowly die off over time, so if you are not replacing them with new plants, your lawn will appear thin and tired. It is best to overseed in the fall. If you can do so after you've had your lawn aerated, it will provide the greatest benefit.
Have Questions About Lawn Care Products?
It's now the time of year that many homeowners begin the never-ending struggle with lawn care. If you find yourself asking "how does my neighbour keep their grass so green? What's their secret?!", contact Legends for expert guidance in lawn care treatments.