It’s green (hopefully) and it grows (hopefully) and you mow it and it looks really lovely (again, hopefully). But now that Spring is about to, well, spring, let’s talk about the different types of grass that grow in our area, how our soil conditions affect the grass, and what you can do now to ensure a spectacular lawn all summer.
Kentucky Bluegrass handles cooler weather well, but may go dormant in the hotter months. Summer grasses include Bermuda and Zoysia, both of which tolerate the heat well but don’t fare well during colder months. There are many areas however where Bermuda is considered a weed and not allowed. Some interesting alternatives exist, including Buffalo grass and Fescue.
Local soil conditions run toward either sand or clay, and the type of soil you have is critical for determining how to water grass and other plants. If you take a small amount of your basic back yard dirt, mix in some water until it feels like wet putty, and then you squeeze it together in your hand, does it stay in a ball? If not, you have sandy soil. If it does stay in a ball, you likely have some variety of clay soil although, depending on how gritty it feels, it may be some type of sand/loam/clay mix If you want to know for sure, you can send a sample to USU Extension’s soil analysis lab and they can tell you for sure.
Whichever grass you select, there are a few basic tips that will encourage a lovely lawn.
Don’t mow your lawn shorter than your carpet. Raise your lawnmower level, and allow the grass to grow longer, shading itself and reducing the need for water. This will in turn slow the growth and reduce the need for more frequent mowing.
Give it the ol’ stress test. Let it go a few extra days without water now and again. This inspires deeper root growth for a more healthy lawn. Feed it.
FEED IT! (ok, not that much). Call us at All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care. We know just the right amount of fertilizer to add, as over-fertilization may make your lawn overly sensitive to disease and drought. Over-fertilizing may also cause toxic runoff that poisons ground water.
In the event that you lack the time or patience for trying to make your own back yard putting green-quality lawn, consider putting your lawn in the hands of a professional. All Green technicians are experts in lawn care services and know the ins and outs of growing the perfect lawn in Utah’s soil. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the end result without ever lifting a finger.