Your lawn is the canvas onto which the rest of your property is painted. A stunning green background can accentuate the beauty of your home, while an unhealthy, brown, and spotty yard will create curb appeal that is less than spectacular. However, a lush, healthy lawn is about more than just looking good—it is an indicator of the health of your entire property and can determine how much enjoyment you get from it.
Growing a full and healthy expanse of grass across your lawn is important for everything from drainage and erosion control to preventing weed and pest invasions, but getting that healthy growth in Oklahoma can be a challenge. Here are a few ways to achieve a stunning yard you’ll love.
Mowing: Making Healthy Growth Possible
One of the simplest ways to help your lawn thrive is to mow it, but too many homeowners make the mistake of mowing too often, at the wrong height, or with dull blades, damaging the grass and making it susceptible to disease.
Mowing your grass the right way, at the right time, ensures that the grass grows strong and firmly plants its roots. For example, the experts at TurfWorks, a professional lawn care and landscaping company in Oklahoma City, examine the specific type of grass on your property so that an ideal trimming schedule can be established. Some grasses grow quickly, especially if they’ve been fertilized or are watered with an irrigation system. Bermuda grass is the most common species that grows throughout Oklahoma, and this type thrives when it is maintained at around an inch tall, but not above 2 and a quarter inches.
Proper, regular mowing delivers an array of benefits to your lawn. When grass is mowed, it is encouraged to grow laterally (that is, sideways rather than upwards). This means that you’ll get better coverage, and the grass will develop a complex and sturdy root system that spreads far and wide. Not only does this help your grass get the nutrients it needs, but it keeps your soil intact and resilient against erosion. When grass is mowed with sharp blades, it can heal quickly—spending more of its energy on growing new blades rather than fixing the rips and tears from a dull mower.
Fertilization: Feeding Your Lawn
Even the most well-kept grass will struggle to grow if it doesn’t have the nourishment it needs. Just like a human who eats nothing but pizza and soda, a yard that is missing a varied diet of nutrients will survive but fail to thrive. This is where lawn fertilization becomes important.
For a lush, healthy lawn, you need a customized fertilization program that is tailored to your specific yard. Some yards might be abundant in nitrogen but need help with phosphorus; applying the same fertilizer in a one-size-fits-all approach might not provide enough of that phosphorus while oversupplying the nitrogen you already have in abundance. That’s why TurfWorks creates personalized fertilization strategies that rely on comprehensive slow-release formulas. This way, the grass will receive what it needs gradually over time for consistent, sustained growth.
At TurfWorks, all of our fertilizers are targeted to what your specific species of turf needs at specific times of the year. We also use slow-release synthetic nitrogen in the spring along with two organic fertilizers in the summer, so that we’re feeding the turf adequately while protecting our lakes from algae blooms caused by runoff.
With proper fertilization, your grass will stay strong and healthy. This makes it resilient to pests and disease and gives it the energy needed to penetrate its roots deeper into the earth. Deep roots lead to sturdy grass that is better able to survive drought and foot traffic.
Weed Control: Eliminating Unwanted Invaders
If your yard is awash in weeds, however, all of the fertilizer and water in the world might not help your grass stay healthy. Weeds spread their roots in the same manner as grass, so they’re competing with vegetation you want for all of the nutrients and moisture. In order to encourage lush, green grass, you need to remove the competition.
TurfWorks targets the specific types of weeds in your yard using safe and eco-friendly methods. Instead of applying poisons that kill the weeds and harm other plants and beneficial insects, we rely on weed control solutions that are effective specifically against the weeds you’re seeing. For instance, we use targeted selective herbicides to make sure we’re not overusing chemicals and only targeting weeds in the lawn.
In Oklahoma, nutsedge (sometimes called nutgrass) is a particular nuisance, so TurfWorks includes coverage against this stubborn weed at no additional charge.
Lawn Aeration: Enhancing Nutrient Absorption
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the other steps you’re taking to improve your lawn’s look, it’s important to consider aeration as well. Over time, thanks to the force of pounding rain, intense sun that dries out Oklahoma’s red dirt, regular foot traffic, and gradual soil shifting, the ground in your yard can become densely packed. This creates less space between the granules of earth into which water can penetrate, so when it rains, that moisture might not get very far into the ground or it may run off completely, depriving your grass roots of the water they need. Tightly packed dirt also makes it difficult for grass roots to spread and propagate.
Lawn aeration is a process that pokes thousands of small holes into the ground, loosening up the dirt to allow oxygen and water to reach deeper into the soil and for grass roots to spread more easily. TurfWorks uses specialized aeration equipment to create uniformly aerated soil without damaging the grass, and we schedule our aeration to coincide with what is best for optimal seasonal growth–in the spring for warm season grass and in the fall for cool season grass. By timing aeration this way, the roots are cut when the plant can recover quickly, stimulating vigorous and increased root growth. Once your soil is aerated, grass will be able to extend its root systems to get more necessary nutrients and absorb more moisture. As an added benefit, nutritional decomposition from above ground, such as grass clippings, will now have the space to seep down into the earth, replenishing the food sources that grass relies on to thrive.
Seeding: Restoring Density and Beauty
No yard is perfect, and anything from compacted soil to a small area of disease can leave your lawn looking spotty or bald. Whether you’ve been mowing with a dull blade or accidentally left something lying in your yard that killed the grass beneath, know that patchiness isn’t a forever problem.
With reseeding, TurfWorks can thicken your existing grass growth, while overseeding helps fill in gaps. While planting new grass often requires digging up your yard and tilling the soil, overseeding needs only the loosened soil from aeration and a thin additional layer of dirt to allow new grass roots to establish. Though new seeds are spread evenly across your yard, new growth will be limited in areas with already full, healthy grass but quickly established in spotty areas, allowing your entire yard to “catch up” and grow more uniformly and consistently.
Overseeding is an important part of keeping your lawn healthy. Not only does it improve the aesthetics by creating a uniform, thick blanket of green, but it also crowds out weeds and prevents them from gaining a foothold. It is also primarily targeted at maintaining thick turf; for truly “bare dirt” areas, TurfWorks prefers to use sod.
Overseeding is only performed on cool season grasses and is done by slit seeding. Although aeration and slit seeding do not necessarily have to be performed together, many times they are. Moreover, new growth is not limited to bare areas; cool season grasses need to be overseeded periodically to compensate for natural grass attrition throughout the year.
Get Lush, Healthy Grass for Summer and Beyond with TurfWorks
The health of your grass depends on a variety of factors, from soil composition, watering, and aeration to weed control and more. Without taking all of these into account, your lawn may struggle to survive the Oklahoma weather, become a breeding ground for pests and weeds, or deteriorate with watershed and erosion.
It takes work to create the vibrant yard you’re dreaming of, but a healthy, lush lawn gives you more than just pleasant aesthetics. Since 2010, the pros at TurfWorks–a locally-owned Oklahoma City lawn care company–have been providing comprehensive lawn care and landscaping services to homes and businesses throughout the metro area. From irrigation systems and fertilization to flower bed maintenance and mowing, TurfWorks can give you a yard you love without all the hassle you hate.
It’s time for your lawn to be the envy of the neighborhood. Contact TurfWorks today for a free consultation, and find out how we can give you the lush, healthy grass you’ve been waiting for!