Colorado homeowners are preparing their homes, yards, and lawns for changing seasons. For many homeowners (except those who have made the switch to a lawn-free xeriscaped yard), your grass requires ongoing care and maintenance.
Katie Kuchta, LawnStarter, offers the following advice and lawn care tips for new homeowners in Colorado:
Decide if you need a lawn care renovation
When you’re moving into a new home, there’s a decent chance the lawn needs some work. Most homeowners don’t care for their lawns properly, and 69% of homeowners say their lawn could use improvement.
As a new homeowner, the question you need to answer is whether your lawn is beyond repair or not.
If your lawn simply has a few bare patches here and there, or the grass isn’t as green as you’d like to be, you can probably get it back into shape with proper lawn care practices.
If your lawn looks extremely thin or has bare patches spread throughout your lawn, there’s a chance it’s beyond repair. Chances are that it is infected with disease or has not been watered. If this describes your lawn, you will need a lawn renovation. To learn more about lawn renovation, visit this guide by Colorado State University’s turfgrass Extension.
Establish the proper lawn mowing regimen
Far too many Colorado homeowners only start to pay attention to their lawn once it starts looking bad. Unfortunately for them, it’s already too late.
To ensure your lawn stays green and healthy, you’ll need a proper maintenance regimen. This starts with lawn mowing.
How often you mow varies by geography and seasonality. In Denver, most people mow weekly during late summer, but switch to biweekly or monthly as winter approaches. The important rule of thumb is that you should be mowing frequently enough that you never remove more than ⅓ of the grass blade’s length.
Know your local lawn care regulations
It’s important to know your local lawn care regulations, particularly when it comes to lawn watering. Not only can watering costs be extremely high in Colorado; in some municipalities you can be fined for not abiding by lawn watering restrictions.
Additionally, many cities in Colorado have restrictions on overgrown grass. Denver, for example, is particularly strict, requiring grass to be under 6 inches according to LawnStarter.
Finally, municipalities will have different rules when it comes to leaf collection and recycling grass clippings.
About the Author: Katie Kuchta is a gardening guru, lawn care expert, and amateur foodie. She can often be found with a taco in one hand and a margarita in the other, follow her food adventures on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.