Known for its dry climate, lawn care in Colorado can sometimes seem like a constant uphill battle. Drier than normal spring weather will result in watering and irrigation restrictions that will make it, even more, difficult for homeowners to maintain a healthy, lush lawn. Dried up, brown grass is a constant plague that homeowners in the area must deal with.
However, there are a few things that you can do to better care for your yard. Here are some of our top tips and tricks for caring for your Colorado Springs lawn:
Fertilize the Lawn
Fertilizing the lawn in the spring is always recommended between March and June each year. Even if the spring is dry like it has been recently, fertilizing is still recommended since minimal precipitation and any minimal allowed irrigation will help. The best types of fertilizers contain a mixture of different types of nitrogen. Most of the best fertilizers can be found at local nurseries and garden centers.
When to Plant Grass Seed in Colorado?
There are a few options for homeowners looking to plan the best grass for a Colorado climate. Most homeowners choose between warm-season grass and cool-season grass. The type of grass you choose will have an impact on when the best time to plant the seeds.
In Colorado, most areas are best suited to cool-season grass, however, there are a few instances where warm-season grass works too. Some of the best cool-season grasses for Colorado include Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue, and a blend of Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Rye Grass. These grasses are best seeded between August and October. Warm-season grasses used in the area include Buffalo Grass and Bermuda grass. These varieties should be planted between late spring and early summer.
Aerate the Lawn
Aerating or cultivating is also recommended. Aerating will help improve water filtration in the lawn, which is ideal for a Colorado climate where irrigation may be scarce. For ideal aeration, homeowners should aim for core holes as deep as two to three inches for the best results, however, some experts believe that core holes as shallow as one inch can also be beneficial. Additionally, cultivating the lawn will also control thatch, which is an organic layer of the lawn that can often make it harder for water to properly irrigate the lawn.
Proper Mowing Practices
The right mowing practices encourage healthy growth and minimize water loss, while incorrect mowing weakens the grass and leads to browning and dead patches. Careful and timely mowing is especially important in the dry climate of Colorado. Sharpen your mower blades regularly and clean them after every use to make sure you're cutting and not tearing the individual blades of grass. Let grass grow at least two and a half inches tall throughout the year and increase this to three inches or higher in the summer. Taller grass traps moisture and has enough chlorophyll production to grow in the most challenging conditions. Set your mower height higher in dry conditions and skip a few routine cuts to let the grass rest. Mow only when the grass is dry, especially if the soil is moist. Aim to mow during the coolest part of the day to reduce unnecessary stress on the grass.
Weed control, mowing, and the use of wetting agents are other things that Colorado homeowners should consider. Regularly mowing the grass will keep the lawn looking healthy. If you choose to use herbicides to control weeds, it's recommended to hire a professional to make sure that the right amount is used to not damage the lawn. Additionally, when it's particularly dry, homeowners can improve irrigation by using granule or liquid wetting agents.
For more tips and tricks maintaining your lawn and improving the curb value of your Colorado Springs home, call the Military Home Search team at 719-373-1906 today.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.