Maintaining your lawn, grass areas
One of the challenges of maintaining a lawn or grass area in the mountains is dealing with generally tough soils and a very short growing season.
While we are typically fortunate to have comfortable temperatures and low humidity, the intensity of the sun in the summer can take its toll on turf areas.
There are some important aspects of turf care to keep in mind to grow a quality lawn:
Cut the grass as high as you can tolerate. At 2 1/2 to 3 inches, the turf will perform better because the root system is deeper and can take up and store more water and nutrients than a shallow root system.
The shorter the grass is cut, the shorter the root system, and the better chance for more stress to the plant.
Aeration of the turf can happen at any time, but it is generally recommended in the spring and fall when temperatures are cooler and the turf can recover easier.
Aeration provides these benefits:
the opportunity for air and gas exchange.
allows water and nutrients to reach the root system.
Check the performance of the irrigation system on a regular basis. Make sure the sprinklers are adjusted properly to apply water only where needed. Check for clogged nozzles or other problems that prevent the sprinkler from operating as designed.
Use plant nutrients and protectants sparingly. Lawns should only be fertilized with a slow release nitrogen product 2 -3 times per year.
Plant protectants are not needed much in this climate due to the cool nighttime temperatures and low humidity, which are not favorable to development of most insect or disease problems.
Although the grass is cut much shorter at the Incline golf courses, these are some of the methods we use to maintain the courses at a high quality.
“Tip of the week” is a weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Jeff Clouthier, Incline Championship Golf Course Grounds Superintendent.