In the world of commercial property management, the lawn is the crown jewel of the landscape. It is the staple of the outdoor space and provides the first impression of property quality to visitors and passersby. An essential judgment will be made that could determine if someone spends their time or money on your property. To create profit you need them to choose you over the competition, and they are much more likely to do so when the lawn is lush and green, as compared to brown and patchy. This is why lawn care is so important, especially now in the spring when the grass is beginning to grow once again. If you are concerned about springtime lawn care for your commercial properties, here is a quick guide.
Mowing and Edging: Cut Often and High
Whether your commercial property is mowed by your staff, or the work is contracted out to a landscaping company, the principles remain consistent. The most common problem we see with the typical mowing practices of commercial properties is that they mow too short, and too infrequently. When this happens too much stress is put on the turf, and it tends to turn brown as it searches for nutrients it immediately needs to grow back. Never cut more than ⅓ of the blade at a time and your turf will never be stressed out. Make sure not to forget about edging, as this is another service that keeps the lawn looking uniform.
Fertilization: Springtime Nutrient Boost
The best way to get ahead in the springtime is with fertilization. Turf needs nutrients, on top of the natural nutrients it receives from the sunlight and rainfall. Most lawn fertilizers contain a combination of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which each offer unique benefits to the health of the lawn. Nitrogen deepens the green of the turf, while phosphorus assists in the conversion of other nutrients into usable materials for the plant material to grow. Potassium optimizes the storage of these nutrients so they can be made available when times are tough. Applying fertilizer right now is the best time, as it will help your lawn shoot up after a long, cold winter.
Irrigation: Optimal Water Consumption
As we mentioned before, water is one of the most important nutrients to your turf. Unfortunately, rainfall cannot always provide as much as your lawn needs. The way to respond is with an irrigation system. Installation of a new system if you do not currently have one, or maintenance if it has been a while. Modern systems rely on weather data and automation to keep your hands off and prevent overwatering. Proper coverage lowers your water bill over time and keeps the turf looking pristine.
Lawn Inspection to Catch Problems Early
Our last recommendation for spring lawn care is to get out and inspect your turf. This will help you catch lawn predators before they can take over your turf. In Maryland, we have plenty of lawn diseases, lawn pests, and lawn weeds that would love to ruin your spring. The earlier you catch these predators, the easier their treatment will be.
Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top-notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.
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