Planting turf grass is one of the easiest and most effective ways to revitalize your landscape’s appearance. If you’re struggling to grow a healthy, full lawn with traditional seed and fertilizer, you should consider using turf grass.
Not to be confused with artificial grass, turf grass refers to one or more varieties of grass that are more tolerable of stress than other common grass varieties.
Whether you currently have turf grass planted or in your landscape, or if you’re thinking about planting it, you should follow these tips to properly care for it.
Conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that it’s best to mow your turf grass low to the ground so that you don’t have to mow it as frequently.
Although this is true – you won’t have to mow it as frequently – turf grass should be mowed higher than most other grasses. If you mow it too close to the ground, it will become more susceptible to stress, disease and pests.
Furthermore, mowing your turf grass higher encourages the roots to dig deeper into the soil, thereby creating a stronger and more secure hold. Depending on the specific variety, you should be able to mow it around 2 to 4 inches.
Just like traditional lawn grasses, turf grass needs the right nutrients to grow and remain healthy.
While the soil can provide your turf grass with most of these nutrients, it’s recommended that you use a fertilize to encourage healthy development.
Ideally, you should use about 2 to 4 pounds of high-nitrogen fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of grass each year.
It’s always a good idea to remove weeds after planting new turf grass. Not only are they an eyesore, but weeds also leach valuable moisture and nutrients that could otherwise be used by your turf grass.
Whether it’s a single dandelion or an entire landscape of weeds, remove all invasive and unwanted weeds from your lawn.
To protect your turf grass, avoid using chemical herbicides to kill them. Instead, use a weed puller to remove them by hand. Just remember to pull up the roots of the weeds as well.
Finally, make sure your turf grass is getting plenty of water, especially during the first month after planting it. Most experts recommend watering your lawn during the early morning hours, as less water evaporates during this time.
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