Are you a new renter and looking for tips for lawn care?
Lawn care is something that can easily overwhelm a new renter. Maybe, you’ve come accustomed to living the condo or apartment life where that type of maintenance has been taken care of for you. However, now, you have a yard with flower beds and mulching and weeding to do, and you don’t know where to start with summer right around the corner. But don’t let the lawn stress you out. Today, we are sharing tips for lawn care for renters.
Generally, it’s your responsibility to maintain the lawn, shrubs, perennials, and trees as a renter. You can learn more about what lawn care is the renter’s responsibility HERE. But today, we are going to discuss tips for lawn care. We want to help you take the guesswork out of it all. Therefore, trying to make your maintenance as easy as possible.
It’s important to know what type of grass you have existing, so you know what to expect as the summer temperatures rise. Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, and rye, you will find more in the Mountain, Midwest, and Northern regions. And Warm-season grasses, such as zoysia, bermuda can be found in the Southern, Transition, Western, and Florida regions.
These tips for lawn care are essential. Understanding what grass you have also dictate how tall or short to keep your grass as you mow through the season. Cooler grass types you can keep a little longer; warmer-grass types you can typically cut shorter.
Fertilizing during the right time pre-summer (late spring) can help significantly. Your goal by fertilizing is to provide your grass the chance to grow thick and healthy and help allow it to be more drought and heat tolerant. But be careful not to over-fertilize your grass, make sure you understand the space you’re covering and read the directions on your bag – too much fertilizer can cause you to burn your grass. That will take months to recover and sometimes cost you your yard for the season.
This is where most people lose their yard during the summer season. Not understanding when or how much water to use can make or break your yard. We all want that beautiful luscious green grass to sit back and look at and be proud of. But that grass needs love. It needs food and water just like we do.
Now that you’ve fertilized your grass, it needs water and sitting in the heat daily; you can imagine it gets thirsty. Based on your location and the amount of direct sunlight it gets will vary on how much you need to water it. At a minimum, your yard should get 1-2 inches of water a week.
It would help if you also were watering your yard in the early morning hours. Scotts suggest watering your lawn before 10 am, allowing your grass to soak up the water before the heat of the day sets in, and also saves in your electric bill, keeping the heat from making the water evaporate as it sprays from your sprinklers onto your grass.
Pests and Weeds
We will keep this short because there are all kinds of variants for pests and weeds regarding lawn care. Weeds can quickly take over your yard. Here’s a helpful article on killing weeds. Pests like grubs and Japanese beetles can quickly do significant damage to your lawn. Learn how to identify pests and take care of them HERE.
We hope this was helpful. For more blogs for renters, visit our blog.