The Basics of Lawn Care

Lawn care is one of the most important aspects of lawn maintenance. Lawns are integral to every lawn owner’s property, and often represent a huge investment in time and money.

Who doesn’t want a lawn that is green and weed-free?

Going the extra mile to get proper lawn care services can save homeowners from costly lawn repairs later on down the road. It can be difficult to keep your lawn looking its best, but there are plenty of lawn care basics that you should know.

Let’s talk about how you can take proper care of your lawn.

Lawn Care and Maintenance

Lawn care is often disregarded by homeowners who mostly think a lawn is just a way for your house to look great. Maintaining your lawn doesn’t mean that you want your house to look nice, but it does show others what kind of homeowner you are depending on how you care for it.

How do you keep a lawn that is healthy and green even if you have the right soil and grass?

In terms of lawn maintenance services, there are eight major factors to consider:

  • Watering the Lawn
  • Lawn Mowing
  • Lawn Fertilization
  • Sod Installation
  • Deep Core Aeration
  • Over-Seeding
  • Edging and Blowing
  • Weed Control
  • De-thatching and Power Raking
  • Insect and Pest Control
  • Disease and Fungus Control

Periodic Lawn Services

Throughout the year, you’ll need time to do a number of larger jobs in addition to mowing and watering frequently:

Our Signature 6-Step Program

It is essential to fertilize the soil in order for it to provide nutrients to the grass. You will need more nutrients for your grass if you mow regularly since it grows very quickly. Even though most of your native plants can get nutrients from the soil by themselves, your grass may need some assistance in the form of fertilizer.

Slow-acting commercial granular fertilizers should be spread once or twice a year for best results. Unlike water-soluble spray fertilizer, which acts on the plant’s leaf directly, granular fertilizer releases nutrients gradually over several months. In the fall, you can fertilize your plants to strengthen their root structure, allowing them to withstand droughts and resist weed invasion. Compost and manure are other natural fertilizers you can use.

Our Denver lawn care and maintenance 6-step program includes 6 total treatments of the highest grade, premium slow-release fertilizer. As a bonus we throw in our premier and selective weed control, premier weed control for your landscape beds, and for just the small cost of and additional $20 a year, we will add crabgrass/quackgrass premium treatment. If you are looking for the best value lawn car package in Denver, look no further!

Watering the Lawn

Simple watering is all that’s needed. The general rule is to water heavily, when the lawn really needs it, rather than watering lightly more frequently. Lightly watering the leaves with water won’t have much effect on the soil. Water the plant enough so that the roots grow deep into the ground, about six inches (20 cms). Usually, water should be applied to the soil too just above the surface of the ground (2.5 cm). Depending on the soil type, this could vary.

How Often Should You Water Your Lawn?

Once the grass in your lawn has dried out, water it immediately. Green becomes a soft bluish grey, and the bounce diminishes. Water the grass if it does not spring back within a few seconds after you step on it. Water the lawn early in the morning; your lawn won’t dry out as fast as in the afternoon, and the water will cool you down as the temperatures rise.

Lawn Fertilization

We always pride ourselves on using the best possible fertilization methods, and that’s why we choose to use granular fertilizers. This type of fertilizer has a timing element which adds an effectiveness that liquid fertilizers simply cannot. This product lasts anywhere from one to six weeks depending on your lawn care  needs. We use  slow- and fast-release formulas in-tandem which include a perfectly balanced mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Sod Installation

Could your lawn use a complete overhaul at the very most fundamental level? It takes more than a little effort to install sod. Since installing sod is an investment, you want to be sure the professionals you hire will consider all the variables that determine the success of the job. Preparations for installing sod will begin with the following:

• The soil must be weeded and grass removed
• Adding amendments to the soil as necessary
• The soil is graded to drain properly and be level
• Implementing best practices for sod installation
• Making sure the sod receives adequate water through irrigation sprinkler systems

The professionals at Westside Grounds Lawn are your Denver sod experts and are ready to re-make your lawn today!

Your time is valuable so don’t waste it trying to figure out which sod is right and how to properly install it in your yard. Call Westside Grounds Lawn and let our professionals make your life that much simpler.

Deep Core Aeration

When soil gets compacted – from foot traffic, mowing, and the like – oxygen can’t reach the organisms that break down organic matter to enrich the soil. Aerating your lawn periodically allows the compacted soil to open up, keeping it healthier.

Core aerators, both manual and powered, form shallow holes in the soil by removing narrow sections. By permeating the ground with air, water, and organic matter, the soil is rejuvenated. Lawn aeration during the spring or fall is important if your lawn gets compacted by heavy traffic.

Our lawn aeration services consists of driving holes into your lawn’s soil (and any thatch above it) to facilitate the entrance of water, air, and fertilizer in order to gain better access to the roots of your lawns grass. Lawn aeration allows the grass roots to grow deeper, establishing a more robust and overall healthier lawn. The depth of the aeration plug  is dependent on moisture level of the soil, but typically should be about 3 inches. The professionals at Westside Grounds Lawn recommend performing deep core lawn aeration twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall.

Irrigation/Sprinkler Diagnostics & Repair

In order to keep your Denver lawn beautiful during the Colorado summers, it is critical that your sprinkler and irrigation systems are functioning properly. Our expert Denver sprinkler repair specialists are not only able to diagnose what might be causing any problems that you are experiencing, but also have the experience and expertise to remedy the problem and get your Denver lawn looking great once again. The beauty of your lawn and landscape depends on your Arvada, Denver, Littleton, or Highlands Ranch sprinklers functioning properly. Call the sprinkler diagnostics and repair experts at Westside Grounds Lawn today.

Over-seeding

In overseeding, grass seeds are planted directly into existing lawns and soil without tearing them up. Filling in bare spots, improving your turf density, establishing improved grass varieties, and enhancing your lawn’s color are all made easy with this method.

It is best to overseed a lawn that appears old, worn-out, or that is prone to disease or insects, or if it needs a lot of water or fertilizer to grow.

It’s importnat to note that overseeding is should, more-often-than-not, be performed in conjunction with deep core aeration. Overseeding provides your lawn with a better opportunity to grow lush and luxurious. If you have ever observed spots where your grass doesn’t come in as full as it once did, the overseeding process can help fill in those thin spots.

How Can Over-Seeding Help Your Lawn?

A new turfgrass variety can help an older lawn survive insects, diseases, droughts, and heavy traffic by overseeding. It is a cost-effective way to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. The most important benefit is that a renovated lawn will stay thicker and improve its overall health!

Lawn Mowing

Grass plants’ roots are less strained when they are mowed. The above-ground growth of a large culm requires more water and nutrients than the below-ground growth. With a smaller culm, the grass roots have an easier time supporting the plant. The grass is also encouraged to grow by mowing. Plants need new leaves to absorb sunlight when blades cut down their leaves. As a result, your lawn will be heavier, thicker, and more resistant to weeds.

Take a chore off of your plate by scheduling weekly Denver lawn mowing of your entire lawn and turf perimeter. At Westside Grounds Lawn we maintain the highest standard of service by using only the best lawn mowing equipment, which we rigorously maintain to ensure that they are always sharpened and tuned. For all your Denver lawn mowing needs, call Westside Grounds Lawn today and see how great it can be to never mow your own lawn again!

How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn?

During the growing season, mowing should be done more frequently. A rule of thumb is to only trim the grass by a third at a time – this affects the grass’ ability to photosynthesize suddenly. Cutting the grass too short is a common mowing mistake. Warm-season grasses do best if they are kept at 2 to 2.5 inches (5 to 6.5 cm) high. Cool-season grasses do best if they’re kept at 3 inches (7.5 cm) high or higher.

Variably mow at different heights during the year may be a good idea. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times to mow because it’s still cool and there is plenty of water available. The grass should grow longer during the summer. Cooling the soil will be made easier by the shade.

Edging & Blowing

In the absence of proper care and maintenance, your lawn is going to look sloppy and unfinished. The Westside Grounds team knows how to properly manage each type of grass on your lawn. Our grounds maintenance service will edge your driveways, sidewalks, and crop around your house and obstacles so your lawn is perfectly defined between natural areas and the lawn. Then, we will blow off your hard surfaces, allowing your yard to revert to its natural state.

Bagging of Clippings

Unless you are worried that grass clipping will be tracked inside your home, the lawn care and maintenance experts at Westside Grounds lawn recommend that you leave grass clipping on the surface of your lawn after mowing. Bagging grass mean that all of the basic nutrients to your grasses health are unable to be recycled back into the soil. Your lawn’s optimum nutrient levels are achieved only by allowing the grass shoots to be inserted back into your turf.

Dethatching & Power Raking

The dethatching service is a less aggressive procedure, ideal for when your lawn is starting to lack the ability to absorb the fertilizer. Most commonly, dethatching is done with a dethatcher or a riding lawn mower attached to it with spring tines that dig up loose thatch just ahead of a bagging unit that collects it.

When it comes to getting rid of thatch on your lawn, power raking is the more aggressive method. The thatch is literally dug out of your lawn by using mechanical flails that are about the size of a push mower. Two to four times as much thatch can be picked up as when dethatching. For lawns with severe thatch problems, power raking is recommended.

When you have dead thatch in your lawn, it can smother or keep your good grass from flourishing. You should dethatch it and rake it up with a power rake. You may need to power rake or dethatch your lawn more often if you mulch the lawn. A thick lawn requires more power-raking or more dethatching.

Weed Control

Keeping a lawn healthy requires continuous weed control, but it shouldn’t take long once it is established. The grass itself will crowd out most weeds when grown properly, especially modern mixtures. If weeds are abundant, it might be a sign that your lawn is not as strong as it should be. It’s possible that your lawn lacks proper soil, is overwatered, or you may be cutting it too short.

How Can You Manage Weed Growth?

Obviously, even a healthy lawn will have weeds on it. It’s not a big deal for the most part. Weeds are common on lawns, but in small amounts, they don’t do much damage. You can remove weeds that affect the appearance of the lawn by pulling them up. You may need to spray individual weeds with a low-toxicity herbicide if you have a large weed problem. Unless there are weeds all over the lawn, do not spray it.

Disease & Fungus Control

Over the years at Westside Grounds Lawn we have taken on a wide variety of lawn concerns including diseased and fungus infested lawns.

Fungi usually cause diseased lawns by feeding on the grass. A healthy lawn can resist fungi well, but it can become ill sometimes. Fungicides are available at most garden centers for fighting persistent or widespread fungi.

It’s up to you how complicated you want to make lawn maintenance. Those who want their own backyard golf course, devote many hours each week to their lawn maintenance. For something that covers the ground, you could plant native grasses that do remarkably well.

These kinds of issues can be observed if your lawn has patches or spots of dead or damaged grass. If you see issues like this it is best to jump on the problem early by calling the Denver lawn care and maintenance professionals at Westside Grounds. Our trained and highly skilled technicians will evaluate your lawn and take the necessary measures to rid it of all disease and fungus issues.

Insect Control

Weed control and insect control go hand in hand. It shouldn’t be a problem if your lawn is healthy. While insects will inhabit your lawn, the grass won’t suffer much damage from their presence.

Some grass may be destroyed by bugs from time to time. Using insecticides or bacteria will help you control infestations. Only use insecticides meant for killing harmful insects. Keeping spiders and ants around can be beneficial to your lawn since they prey on pests.

The Denver lawn care and maintenance experts at Westside Grounds Lawn are highly skilled insect control experts and are ready to handle all your insect control issues. We pride ourselves on using only the highest-quality insect eradication applications because we believe in the value of ensuring that they job is done correctly the first time around.

Don’t let insects threaten the beauty of your lawn; call in the Denver insect control experts at Westside Grounds Lawn today!

What Other Lawn Services Do We Offer?

Residential Lawn Maintenance

  • Lawn Fertilization
  • Sod Installation
  • Deep Core Aeration
  • Over-Seeding
  • Lawn Mowing
  • Edging & Blowing
  • Weed Control
  • De-Thatching & Power Raking
  • Insect Control
  • Disease & Fungus Control
  • Sprinkler Repair

 

Commercial Landscaping & Grounds Services

  • Bed Maintenance
  • Sod Installation
  • Mulch
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Tree & Bush Pruning
  • Spring & Fall Clean-Ups
  • Dog Waste Removal
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Holiday Decorations

Commercial Snow Removal

  • Snow Throwers & Blowers
  • Salting & De-Icing
  • Hand Shoveling

Care For Your Lawn Today

Put your first lawn on the fast track to thicker growth with our lawn care services!

Our extensive lawn maintenance service combines lawn care steps and products, so you’ll have an even better lawn than your neighbor’s yard!

Your front yard will grow greener, thicker, faster, and healthier.

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Additional Questions About Lawn Care

How Can I Take Care of My Lawn Myself?

Get to know the basics of lawn care one task at a time. To get started, here’s what you need to do: Taking the Time to Understand Your Soil, Identify and Fix the Underlying Issues, Know Which Grass to Plant in Your Region, Choosing the Right Seed From the Start, Make Sure Your Grass Is Well Fed, Weed Control on Your Lawn, Lawn Mowing for Optimum Grass Height and Health, Water Management, and Understanding and Using Lawn Boosters and Other Gardening Aids.

How Do I Keep My Lawn in Good Condition?

Keep your lawn healthy by watering it at least an inch every three days, mowing it once a week, and fertilizing it every eight weeks during the growing season. Make sure that your sprinkler system distributes water evenly across your lawn as well. These are just some of the things that you can do to maintain your lawn well. If you do a good job with watering, mowing, and fertilizing you can expect your lawn to grow healthily.

When Should I Start Lawn Care?

Don’t wait for the best time to care for your lawn! You can do so by watering, mowing, and fertilizing your yard regularly. Since different seasons require different lawn care routines, you’ll need to know and understand your lawn first before you can get started on lawn care. You can also rely on a lawn care service to do the job for you if you do not know how or where to start.