At the time of this blog post, COVID-19 is a concern throughout the whole country, and it’s safe to say that most of us won’t be spending a lot of time out and about. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to let your beautiful California lawn go to waste! While the short-term future is uncertain for a lot of common businesses and services, there’s still a lot you can do to maintain your yard on your own. If you can’t currently go in for professional lawn care services, we’re still here to help — here are some DIY lawn care tips that will help to keep your yard in ship-shape through the coming months.
Don’t Neglect Weeding
Not every yard requires professional maintenance for it to stay in good shape, but it sure will if you neglect the simplest of duties — taking care of those darn weeds! Weeds grow insidiously no matter where you are, from southern California to Timbuktu. Ideally, you shouldn’t have them at all, but if you do, the best thing you can do is take care of them ASAP. Weeds are invasive and annoying to deal with when they’re left to their own devices. We all have some extra time while we’re staying at home, why not spend some of it pulling those suckers out of the ground?
Also, even if you don’t have weeds, make sure to keep an eye out — weeds can be brought into your yard or garden by birds, animals, or even what you track into the yard. Even if you think you’re safe from them, they might be starting to take root!
Eliminate Water Blockages
When you’re not paying a lot of attention to your yard, it’s possible for your drainage to be affected. You don’t want drainage problems in your yard, as it can create puddles that overexpose your sod and plants to water. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and this is certainly the case when it comes to water your plants.
If you’ve got time on your hands, consider running your irrigation and making sure that everything is working as intended. Rogue objects, wear-and-tear, and organic matter such as thatch may be causing water to drain unevenly throughout your yard. While serious problems might require the expertise of a landscaping company, you can quite often solve the issue on your own if it’s something simple.
Aerate Your Lawn
Have you ever wondered why some patches of grass have little holes all over them? While it might seem unflattering, this actually serves an important purpose — it’s called aeration, and it helps your lawn or garden to get the vital nutrients it needs. Aeration is useful both in lawns that are too wet and too dry.
In a nutshell, aeration allows for water to more easily travel down to the root zone of the grass, which is much more effective than dwelling on the surface and slowly seeping down. And the best part is that aeration is fairly easy; there are many tools made for the job, and you can also use a garden fork. If you have any questions about aeration, we’d be happy to help. And as always, it’s a service that we’re willing to provide on a professional level.
We felt the need to add the word “responsibly” because it’s not enough to just mow your lawn. In fact, if you don’t know anything about mowing, it could actually do more harm than good! On the other hand, you also don’t want your grass to grow unruly. So the most obvious answer is simple — mow your lawn frequently, but do it the right way.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to only remove about ⅓ off the top of your grass. Go too short, and it will have a hard time getting enough energy to grow. Mowing will be important in the following months as the weather slowly starts to ramp up here in California.
Another mowing tip — don’t do it when your grass is wet! This is not only a more frustrating experience for the mower, but it can also cause growth problems later on down the line.
Professional Lawn Care Services in Los Angeles
While everything is a bit difficult right now due to the Coronavirus, it’s important to keep a cool head. Things will go back to normal, and we will continue to provide our high-quality lawn care services and landscaping expertise whenever it is possible. At A Greener Tomorrow, we’re taking this situation day-by-day, and if you have any questions for us about your Los Angeles lawn, we encourage you to contact us today.