Whether you own or manage a commercial property and spend a small fortune on grounds maintenance, or you’re an exhausted homeowner who seems to spend all of your spare time (and money) maintaining your lawn, you’re probably wondering how in the world can you reduce the workload or the costs of keeping your property looking great.
Aside from pouring concrete over your property, here are 3 ways you can help to reduce the amount of work necessary to maintain your lawn or commercial property:
1. Eliminate Weeds
Different types of weeds thrive at different times, making it nearly impossible for your lawn’s growth to ever slow down. Every time you mow your lawn, you are mowing weeds. An effective weed control program can save you hundreds of dollars just in reduced mowings, depending on the size of the lawn. By applying a pre-emergent in the Spring and post-emergent in the Fall, you can eliminate 4-6 mowings per season. An average homeowner mows their lawn 24 times per year, so by eliminating weeds, you can reduce that count by 20%.
Just think about all the time you spend each time you mow your lawn, including weed eating, edging, and blowing off all the walkways, not to mention the costs of fuel and general upkeep of your equipment. A good weed control plan will save you time and money and will enhance your curb appeal. Keep in mind that the cost of the weed control will be offset by the money you save on fuel and maintenance.
2. Utilize Plant Growth Regulators
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are becoming more and more popular. They reduce the top growth of the plant, cutting the required maintenance nearly in half for a certain amount of time. They also improve the quality of the turf because they help to save energy. The energy is stored in the root system as opposed to the top of the plant, giving it the ability to handle stress and fight off disease better.
3. Choose the Right Turf
Choosing a turf type that requires low maintenance will, in turn, reduce the amount of work necessary for upkeep. Zoysia Grass and Bermuda Grass are both low maintenance warm season grass types that do well in Alabama. Zoysia Grass grows slowly and spreads on its own, and there are now varieties that are more shade tolerant.