Keeping your lawn, gardens and other landscaping in top condition is an essential part of keeping your property looking its best. You can do it yourself with a little effort or hire someone to take care of it for you, but either way, there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to Grounds Maintenance. In this article, we’ll share four tips that will help make the process easier for you.
How to Maintain Grounds
The key to perfect gardening is good grounds maintenance. Here are some tips for a successful plan:
- Keep the soil evenly moist. Soil that is too dry will not support plant life, while soil that is too wet will cause drainage problems and encourage fungus and bacteria growth. A good rule of thumb is to water your plants in the morning and then again in the evening.
- Trim back invasive plants. Pruning back invasive shrubs and trees can help keep your garden looking neat and tidy while reducing the number of weeds growing next to your flowers and vegetables.
- Fertilize regularly. A garden that is not fertilized will become brown and wilted, while one that receives regular feedings of compost or fertilizer will be lushly green and thriving with plant life. Apply a balanced fertilizer at least once a month in early spring, late fall or early winter when the ground becomes coldest.
- Mulch frequently. A layer of mulch helps to conserve moisture, reduces weed growth, deflects heat away from the ground, prevents erosion, and adds beauty to your garden grounds year-round. Choose a mulch made of organic matter like leaves, straw or bark chips instead of petroleum-based products like asphalt or tarps to reduce harmful chemicals being absorbed by the plants below….
Tips for Preventing Grounds from Weeping
If you’re like most people, you probably dread having to mow the lawn. But keeping your lawn looking its best doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Follow these tips for a perfect Grounds Maintenance plan:
- Mulch your lawn regularly: Mulching is the best way to prevent weeds and grass from growing, and it also helps keep the soil warm in the winter. Start by spreading a layer of organic matter— such as leaves, straw, or woodchips— over the ground before mowing. This will help regulate moisture and help suppress weeds.
- Trim your grass regularly: Grass should be trimmed at least once per week during the growing season and once every two weeks during the dormant season. This will help keep your lawn uniform and minimize clumps of grass that can become weed seeds’ new homes.
- Water passively: Irrigating actively can cause water to penetrate the soil more deeply, which can lead to root rot and other problems. Try to water your lawn passively by filling a watering can halfway with water and letting it soak into the ground until it reaches the roots; then turn off the faucet while leaving the handle in place so that water continues flowing through the hose into your sprinkler system (this method is known as “drip irrigation”).
- Maintain proper pH levels: Proper pH levels are critical for healthy turfgrass growth; too much acidity or alkalinity can stunt plants’
Tips for Maintaining a Fresh Appearance
Grounds maintenance is an important task for any lawn care business. A well-maintained garden or lawn will look better, smell better, and save you time and money in the long run. Here are some tips for a perfect grounds maintenance plan:
- Keep the grass trimmed to a uniform height. Grass that is too long or too short will not be as effective at cooling the ground and reducing water usage.
- Trim back dead branches and twigs from the tree and shrubbery. These can harbour pests and can also reduce airflow around the plants, leading to mildew and other fungus issues.
- Mow your lawn on a regular basis to avoid clumps of grass that can form in high-traffic areas or where there is heavy rainfall (this will also reduce). Overgrown vegetation can also provide hiding places for pests, so it’s important to keep an eye out for them while mowing as well.
- Water your lawn regularly but sparingly; over watering can lead to root rot and other problems. Aim to water your lawn twice a week during the summertime, but only once a week during the cooler months.
- Fertilize your lawn regularly with a low nitrogen fertilizer that specifically targets grass growth (see our fertilizers guide below for more information). An over-fertilized lawn will become spongy and dense, which won’t look very good
Having a perfect grounds maintenance plan is essential for keeping your golf course in top condition. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your golf course stays playable and looking its best. Whether it’s mowing the greens on time, fertilizing the fairways as needed, or removing any obstacles that might be blocking play, following a proper ground maintenance plan will help keep your golf course in peak condition all season long.