As much as maintaining the yard and landscape can be a joy, sometimes there’s stress involved…and I’m talking about the lawn.
When dealing with summer lawn maintenance there are a few things that must be kept in mind such as mower deck height, watering and fertilizing. Here are some lawn care tips from John Deere that should keep you in the green.
Mower deck adjustment. Adjusting the height of the mower deck enhances stress tolerance put on the blades of grass. The experts at John Deere recommends their one-third rule for mowing – Only the top one-third of the blade of grass should be cut. his will reduce the chances of the lawn burning.
Thirsty lawns need water. Summer can be tough on a lawn. Signs of dehydration include curling grass blades and a bluish-green color. Another sign is footprinting – if you can see your footprints in the grass, your grass is thirsty. Most lawns need about an inch of water per week. If you are unsure of how long to water, put a mark one inch from the bottom of several plastic containers, and spread around the watering zone. Clock the time it takes to reach the one-inch mark and water for that length of time in the future.
Dealing with Drought. No one likes the effects of drought on a lawn. First, follow any water restrictions in your area. If grass is still growing into the drought, mow on the high side to encourage roots to go deeper. Lengthen the time between irrigations but water thoroughly but efficiently, wasting no water on runoff. Do not water for just a short amount of time a few times a week. This invites weeds to grow. During severe water shortages, let your lawn go dormant. Your lawn can actually survive a few months of no water and will recover quickly once rain returns. Here’s a link to current drought conditions
Fertilizer, yeh or neh? Fertilizer can help revitalize a stressed lawn as long as it has enough water. If you irrigate or it’s a rainy summer, the grass will be encouraged to grow. The more grass grows, the more it eats and the more food you have to keep on hand. So whenever a lawn is growing steadily, experts at John Deere recommend keeping it well-fed. If you fertilizer in a dry summer, you strengthen the chances of burning your lawn.
If you are shopping for a riding mower check out the zero-turn Estate Series mower from John Deere. Their Estate Series features a robotically-welded channel frame and a 7-Iron deck, stamped from a single piece of thick, seven-gauge steel. The airflow design lifts grass and delivers a precise, even cut with 48-, 54- or 60-inch mower decks.
You’ll also finish your job with time to spare as these mower’s are powered by a V-Twin Estate Series engine, the 22-hp Z510A and 25-hp Z520A feature heavy-duty drive transmissions and 10 mph transport speed.