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Berkeley Heights, NJ Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Green Lawn

Being educated is key to maintaining a healthy lawn and landscape.

At 1.888.LawnTec, we're all about educating our customers in this complex industry. It always seems to work out that growing a healthy lawn and landscape is difficult, but it's easy to let it get destroyed by disease, thatch, and other elements. Here are our tips for lawn care in the Berkeley Heights, NJ area.

Watering your lawn tips.

People often think the more frequent they water their lawn and landscaping, the healthier and greener it will be. Watering your lawn daily, even if its only 10-15 minutes per zone, can cause damage to your lawn. Overwatering your lawn will cause surface rooting, diseases, and an overall unhealthy lawn. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that our customers water their lawn every other day for 20 to 45 minutes per zone. Every lawn is different and the watering schedule should be customized. We want the sunnier dryer parts of your lawn to receive more water than the shady wet areas. The watering zone for your landscaping and shrub areas should only receive 10-15 minutes per zone. You also need to take into consideration what type of irrigation system you have when programming the watering schedule. As lawn care professionals, we can always help you determine what your water schedule should be.

The best time to water your lawn and landscaping is between 3am and 7am. This is because of the cooler air, the water will not evaporate as quickly compared to watering in the middle of the day. Watering late in the evening around 5pm and 6pm will leave water sitting on your lawn overnight and creates a perfect condition for a fungus to grow.

In the Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit and surrounding areas, your irrigation system should be turned on in mid to late May. It should be scheduled to run one day per week, then increase the days as we go into the summer season, at which point you should be watering every other day. Our goal during the summer is to water deep and infrequent, creating a deep root system and a stronger lawn. If your lawn needs more water in the heat of the summer, increase your zone times to 45 minutes or more per zone. During the summer, we suggest 1 ½” of water per week, you can measure this by placing a bowl outside and determine how much water your system is putting out. As fall begins to set in, we suggest cutting back on watering to one day per week into late September, then stop all watering around the middle of October.

When seeding a new lawn, different watering technique are used. Your lawn should be watered daily for only 20 minutes per zone. After 10 days, increase the watering time to 30 minutes per zone. Then after 30 days, decrease the watering schedule to every other day.

Tips for preventing lawn care disease.

Diseases in your lawn can happen any time of the year based on the different weather conditions we see in the New Jersey area. The best ways to prevent lawn disease is:

  • Using our annual lawn care program to promote and maintain a strong, healthy lawn.
  • Every two years our team should aerate or dethatch your lawn.
  • To create a more disease resistant lawn we will overseed with a newer, better quality of grass.
  • Watering properly is crucial for a disease-free lawn. Improper watering will cause more damage than good.
  • Preventing lawn care disease is our goal, but should a disease occur, a chemical application will be applied. This will last approximately four weeks, and multiple applications are often needed to control the disease. We suggest applying disease preventives during the peak seasons; June, July, and August.

Tips for your lawn care irrigation system.

Simply understanding your irrigation system so you can make needed adjustments throughout the year is important. Our technicians can help you learn everything you need to know about your irrigation system.

  • We will help you set up a watering schedule and timing that is optimal for your lawn.
  • You should make sure all the zones are properly labeled on the timer.
  • Check all sprinkler heads are working properly.
  • Every few years you should cut the grass away from all your sprinkler heads because the grass will grow over them and cause issues.
  • Water sensors should be checked and cleaned to ensure they are working properly.
  • If you don’t have a water sensor, you need to install one. This will prevent wasted water and lawn damage from overwatering. If its raining and already wet, the sensor will shut your irrigation system off.
  • Your irrigation system should run between 3am and 7am. To prevent lawn diseases, never run your system in the evening hours
  • Try to not water on the days you mow. After you mow, you should water the lawn in the next day or two.

Berkeley Heights, NJ area lawn mowing tips.

For a healthy attractive lawn, mowing and maintenance are one of the most important factors. A few tips for mowing your lawn correctly:

  • Your mower blades should be sharp. We want to cut the grass; a dull blade will tear the grass leaving the tips gray/brown. Your lawn will suffer in appearance and be more susceptible to disease and insects.
  • Always try to mow when the grass is dry.
  • As a rule, we suggest to only remove about 1/3 of the grass blade per mow.
  • Keeping your lawn routinely mowed at a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches will promote better root development, help crowd out the weeds, and improve the health and appearance.

Understanding lawn care thatch.

Thatch occurs naturally but will increase rapidly when using a low-quality fertilizer. A layer of thatch is made up of decomposed grass blades, stems, and roots, and in small amounts is beneficial to your lawn. Thatch can create many problems when the layer exceeds ½” thick, it will prevent water, air, and fertilizer from penetrating the roots properly. If the thick layer of thatch is not removed, insects will begin making it their home and disease can take over, causing damage to your lawn that will be difficult to treat.

We will come to your property and remove this layer of thatch by using a de-thatcher/power rake, or through core aeration. The best time of year for this service is late summer or early fall and is often combined with our overseeding services. Dethatching should be done every few years, creating a healthier lawn that will require less water and fewer problems with disease and insects.

Tips on recycling your grass.

Recycling your grass should be recommended by any lawn care expert because leaving the grass clippings on your lawn is very beneficial. The lawn clippings from regular mowings deliver valuable nutrients and organic matter back into your lawn. Studies have determined that after a full year of mowing and leaving the clipping on the lawn, that it only leaves less than 1/16” of thatch buildup. If the grass clippings are a nuisance to you, we recommend recycling the grass bi-weekly or at least once a month. We also suggest that the grass should be recycled after each of our lawn service applications.

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