OK, we know it’s been an interesting blog series, with more information than you ever thought you would want to know on beds, trees, and weed control, but remember the end target! We’re here to educate you with knowledge and tips to help you keep track of your landscaping. Like we mentioned on in Part 4, this series is great to refer back to. We even suggest giving it its own bookmark folder – Landscaping Quick Guide. Today we have a short one for you, so please enjoy this thrilling blog post on turf areas!
The type of grass used for turf in any given area is mostly dictated by climate. Grass types are divided into northern, southern, and tropical. More than one type of grass may be used in areas that are considered as transitional regarding climate. Each type of grass may have several different varieties that have been developed for pest resistance, color, and/or tolerance to heat, cold, or drought.
In desert areas, many municipalities have discouraged large turf areas for residential and commercial properties due to water restrictions. Most southern and tropical grasses will grow in the desert if ample irrigation is supplied. However, due to the cost, the natural desert look (sand, rock, and cactus, with very little green) is being promoted by government agencies.
When inspecting turf areas at a site, it’s important to know the mowing frequency, height to be cut, and the date of the last service. Knowing the length it is to be cut, and when it was cut last, will help in determining if it is being properly maintained. All edges around beds and along roads, driveways, and sidewalks should have a neat fresh cut appearance.
The speed the mower is traveling is just as important as the height the turf is cut. Mowing at a fast rate of speed, especially in high turf, will cause uneven cuts, especially scalping. If turf is allowed to get too high, it may be necessary to mow it twice at one visit. The first time with the blade set high and then again with a lower blade setting.
All turf grasses require periodic fertilization. A pellet type fertilizer applied with a broadcast spreader is the most effective method and lasts the longest as many brands have time release characteristics providing feeding throughout the growing season. Liquid fertilizer provides quicker greening but the effects aren’t as long lived.