DIY Tips and Tricks!

DIY Lawn Fertilization and Sprinklers

Americans have reached a point where the majority of retail stores, fast food chain restaurants, and service industries are designed to provide mediocre service under the guise of good customer service. “One size fits all” is true, except when it comes to every individual on earth. The same is true of a home owner’s home and property.

Throughout the days of yesteryear, tract housing was popular and well received by the public. Today, every home owner’s lawn is different from their neighbor’s regarding drainage, water requirements and layout. Because of such variation from one property to another, it is extremely important for the home owner to customize the needs of their lawn in order to achieve good results.

Lawn Maintenance

Lawn Maintenance

Most home owners probably do not give a second thought about the lawn except when it is being mowed. Mowing and trimming are just small parts, but can have disastrous results if cut too infrequently and too short. The most important aspect of achieving a healthy lawn is to make sure it is receiving a sufficient and proper amount of irrigation. Having a professionally designed irrigation or sprinkler system installed can actually save the home owner money on monthly and annual utility expenses. How is this possible? The same way a motion sensor activates a lamp, only when it is needed.

A good sprinkler installer and lawn care professional should always recommend installing a rain gauge along with any irrigation sprinkler setup. The purpose of this is, again, to save money and conserve water. Unfortunately a large percentage of home owners who have a sprinkler system don’t rely on or even have a rain gauge installed on the sprinkler system. These individuals may as well leave the faucet and car running indefinitely, every single light on in the house and open their wallets to every passerby. Of course this is an extreme scenario, but essentially is the case. There are additional ways to save money on maintaining a healthy lawn.

Fertilizing one’s lawn is not quite as simple as running out to the home improvement store, buying a bag of fertilizer and dumping it throughout the lawn. While this is not necessarily rocket science, it can take experience to properly treat a lawn. While the most popular types of fertilizer found in the retail store are usually engineered, there are organic fertilizers which can minimize the amount of additives and are advertised as environmentally friendly. Many of these fertilizers will include a weed control formula as well.

Because the quality of fertilizer can vary greatly from one manufacturer to another and the percentages of nutrients can also vary from line to line, it is best to consult with an expert in the lawn care field before experimenting on one’s lawn. A healthy lawn can be much easier and inexpensive to maintain than bringing back a patchy or overgrown property and letting it fall back into disrepair the following season.