Although your lawn may look like a single expanse of grass, it’s actually a vibrant mix of micro-environments. There are areas that receive day-long sun, areas of deep shade, and areas that are a dappled mix of sun and shade.
Weather, geography, and activity also play into the variation in your lawn. A certain zone might be prone to sogginess or erosion from rain. Another stretch of lawn might have heavy foot traffic.
The best way to manage this natural mix of lawn maintenance challenges is to tackle them each individually while also having an overall lawn care plan. Here are some helpful tips for managing your Texas lawn.
Pay Attention to Timing
Have you ever thought about a day in the life of your lawn? Take a moment to consider what it experiences in a typical day in terms of sun, shade, rain, and wind. How many hours of direct light does it receive, and in which areas?
Now think about the activities your lawn experiences, like children playing sports, puppies running around, and the frequency of your lawn mowing. How do these activities impact your turfgrass? What times of day do they typically happen?
Most lawns have a mix of predictable and unpredictable patterns. Pay attention to these patterns, and you’ll get better at timing lawn care tasks like watering, fertilizing, and more.
Remove Fallen Leaves and Limbs
Falling leaves, branches, and limbs are just a part of lawn maintenance, but it can be difficult to stay on top of it all. Here’s something important to keep in mind: A shady lawn is more prone to damage than a sunny lawn.
Leaves and limbs clutter up any yard but shaded grass retains extra moisture. When the sun can’t dry things up, lawn debris can create dampness, mold, fungus, and even bare spots or mud.
Quickly remove fallen debris or hire this task out to a lawn service. This is one of the best ways to ensure your lawn always looks neat and clean.
Selectively Prune Trees
Any large, leafy plant is prone to dropping all kinds of scraps on your lawn: leaves, flowers, sticks, nuts, needles, seed pods, and more. But when you prune your trees and shrubs back from the lawn, much of this debris stays safely away from your grass. It also stays clear of your walkways and driveway, creating a safer and more beautiful entryway to your home.
Here’s another bonus that comes with pruning: You can increase the sunshine for a shady lawn. Prune back overhanging trees that block too much sun, and you may find that your newly-sunny lawn absorbs more of the rays it needs to stay vibrantly green.
One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make is overwatering a shady lawn. Shady lawns don’t need much extra moisture.
If your lawn has mixed areas of sun and shade, knowing how to water can be even more tricky. Unless you sit in a lawn chair and watch your yard all day, how do you know how much water each area needs?
This is where a lawn and landscaping service can be a huge help. They offer a huge amount of resources, including soil testing kits, knowledge about local weather patterns, and an expert eye for lawn care. Rely on your lawn professional to make recommendations about watering.
Watch the Temperature
What about temperature? This is another aspect of lawn care many people overlook, but it’s critically important.
Generally speaking, almost all types of turfgrass love sun but hate heat stress. Can your grass take summer temperatures above 100 degrees? Can it handle periods of drought or low watering? When in doubt, ask a lawn care professional for help.
Consider Traffic Patterns
Let’s face it: Minimal foot traffic is best for your grass. Every variety of grass will thrive most spectacularly if you simply avoid walking on it.
But what fun is that? Most people walk on their grass at least a few times a week, and often much more if they have kids, pets, or parties that involve entertaining outdoors. With some loving care, your grass can survive this type of everyday use.
If your yard gets heavy foot traffic, make sure you have a tough species of grass that can take the wear and tear. This is particularly true in areas that tend to get the highest foot traffic, like the 10 to 20 feet right outside your doors.
Share your traffic concerns with your lawn service professional and point out zones that get heavy use. They’ll be able to offer expert tips for preserving the long-term health and beauty of your lawn.
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