Frequently Asked Questions
Ways To Make The Most of Your Lawn
Each year, American homeowners collectively spend millions and millions of dollars on lawn care products --everything from drought resistant grass to ultra-organic mulch, new sprinkler head that use less water and computercontrols that tie into the local weather to use less water when it is not so hot or rain is predicted. Consumers aremore than willing to snap it up to latest fad or innovation. But if you aren't using the right basic lawn care "bestmanagement practices" and techniques -- the grass -- is going to suffer and you waste time, money and water. Andit will make the rest of your yard suffer too, no matter how much money you pour into it. And lastly, you will not savedramatic amounts of time, money and water on your lawn. The following tips help you to work smart not hard andhave the best lawn on your street.
So, here are easy strategies to keep in mind when buying and using grass seeds, in order to get the healthiest andmost beautiful lawn possible:
- SOIL TEST: If you really aren't sure where to start, it's a good idea to have a soil analysis done beforebuying anything for your lawn. By figuring out what kind of soil you're dealing with and what it needs -- thepH level, the amount of moisture, the organic materials that naturally thrive in it -- and if you are missinganything in the soil or have too much of something that can be corrected. You can do this to give yourgrass the best odds to have a natural state and outcompete the weeds. Your grass is only as good as yoursoil and the choice of grass seed you use. How to take a soil test? Take a big table spoon or small trowelsample of your soil from a half dozen random spots in you yard from the top 3 inches in soil. Mix those soilsamples together in a baggie. After you dry out the blended soil sample on a piece of news paper, thensend to the UMASS Amherst soil Lab. They have a test for around $15 that comes back in a week andtells you what you need to do to correct your soil. You just want them to know that the soil test is for grassand the ideal pH for Pearl's Premium and many grasses is to be between 6.0 and 6.8. If pH is lower, youspread 40# of pellet lime per 1,000 sq feet. If pH is higher, you use a small amount of sulphur to bring thepH down...do not over do it. The test may recommend a number of other simple things that can be done.
- USE CERTIFIED ORGANIC FERTILIZER OR ORGANIC COMPOST and no chemical weed and feedpesticides / products. Use organic fertilizers or better yet spread a 1/4 inch of organic compost over thesoil as a bed for the grass seed. These tend to be the best choices for anyone trying to augment their soilto have better more weed free grass. Organic Fertilizer or better yet Organic Compost is slow release,whereas chemical fertilizer is quick release and can burn the lawn if you use too much and the chemicalsmakes the soil less permeable so more water runs off rather than getting to your roots. Lastly, chemicalfertilizer is of a higher health risk to children, animals, drinking water. and reduces the world's beepopulation...needed for food pollination. Due to the health and Bee issue, Europe has banned chemical fertilizer with pesticides as well all as parts of North America. The number of Americans who use allnaturallawn products is rising exponentially -- back in 2008, it was estimated that as many as 12 millionhouseholds used only all-natural products -- and the lawn care industry is responding to this demand andthe writing on the wall, by making more organic products more affordable than ever.
- LEAVE THE CLIPPINGS. Instead of raking up grass clippings into piles and disposing of them, simplyleaving them in your yard after you mow with a mulching mower or a mulching blade you can get for anordinary mower. By allowing the clippings to return to the soil and act as an all-natural mulch, this fertilizesyour soil and helps hold moisture. This is a great way to ensure that none of the natural nutrients in yourlawn clippings are taken away and this provides half of the nutrients your lawn needs.
- ALWAYS USE A SHARP BLADE. A sharp blade cuts the grass, whereas a dull blade tears the grass,creates 3 times the surface area at the cut and lets moisture out and disease in. Sharpen your blade afterevery ten hours of mowing, with a simple file, just file at the angle of the bevel. But always unplug thespark plug first before sharpening so it can not start up accidentally.
- MOW THE GRASS TALLER. Mow the grass ideally 3.5 inches tall to maximize roots and shade the soil toprevent all the weed seeds on the soil (like crab grass and all the other annual weeds) from sprouting. Tallthick grass not only has few weeds but grows slower and needs less water.
- USE AN ALL NATURAL DEEP ROOT GRASS SEED. Many of the common grasses in lawns everywheredo not belong here and require too much water, because they grow so fast they need more water to supportthat growth and have such shallow 2-3 inch roots, they can not survive without daily watering in heat.Whereas the all natural Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed grows 12 to 14 inch roots andgrows very slow, so it looks better in extreme heat and cold, as well as needs 1/4 the water and 1/4 themowing and has less weeds without chemicals.
- SEE OUR TIPS ON PREVENTING WEEDS AND HAVING A BETTER LAWN AT OUR WEBSITE www.PearlsPremium.com and see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If that does not answeryour questions, contact the helpful people at Pearl's Premium at 508-653-0800