How to Create the Ulti-Mutt Lawn Care Routine
We’ll teach you how to score a lawn that’s fluffy and Fido-approved./
FIND THE RIGHT TEMP
Trying to grow new grass? Soil temperature plays an important role in scoring that green lawn of your dreams, though it depends on grass type.
If you live in New England, the Upper Midwest, High Plains, Northern California, or the Pacific Northwest, you’re dealing with cool-season grasses (Kentucky bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass) that germinate best when the soil is between 50 and 65°F. If you live in the South, you have warm-season grasses (bermuda, St. Augustine and centipede) that need a soil temperature of 65 to 75°F.
The best way to test your soil’s temperature is by picking up a soil thermometer at a home improvement store. Plop your thermometer two inches into the soil and leave it there for at least a minute. Don’t plant any grass seed until the thermometer reads the right temperature for your grass type...and after you’ve played with Fido, of course.
SPREAD IT OUT
Whether applying fertilizer or grass seed, using a spreader will give you the most consistent and even coverage. If you’ve noticed your neighbor using a spreader, they’re most likely using a broadcast spreader (also known as a rotary spreader).
A broadcast spreader has a hopper that sits high off the ground and flings your product in a fan-like pattern, allowing you to cover a large area in a relatively short amount of time. This spreader is best for medium to large yards with no tight turns. (Psst...if you’re all-in on a broadcast spreader, check out our BarkYard Spreader.)
USE FIDO-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS
At BarkYard, we know there’s one thing you care more about than your #yardgoals...and that’s your pup’s safety!
Good news: You can rest easy greening your lawn with Good Boy™, fixing pesky patches with Bad Spot™ or clearing up Fido's dog spots with Unmark™ because all our products are designed to be dog-safe when used as directed.
To keep your lawn care routine as simple as it should be, try out our BarkYard kit! With our kit subscription service, you’ll automatically get Good Boy and Bad Spot in the Spring and Fall. All you need to do is tell us the size of your pup’s play space, the type of grass and your ZIP code to have the perfect lawn solutions waiting at your doorstep.
MAKE LAWN CARE A HABIT
Ready for a totally kick-grass lawn routine? To master this, it’s important to plan what you need to do when.
Most lawns need about one inch of water a week, though always keep an eye on the weather because a downpour could give your grass all the water it needs that day! Of course, Mother Nature naturally gives your lawn more water in the spring and late fall, while you might need to water 3 times a week in the summer.
Deep and infrequent watering is best for your lawn. Timing sprinklers to go off before 10 AM is ideal because it’s usually cooler in the morning, which means the water is less likely to evaporate. Plus, you can time up this sprinkler sesh for when you take your pup on his morning walk!
Make sure to rake up leaves and sticks before mowing, so you don’t accidentally dull or damage your mower’s blade.
Luckily, this can be fun for both you and Fido! Instead of viewing yard clean-up as a snoozefest, you could teach your dog to play fetch with sticks to liven things up.
Cutting your grass really short will damage your grass’ crowns, making your lawn susceptible to heat stress. Throughout the year, we recommend skipping the crew-cut and mowing multiple times a week. The one exception? Mow low in that final fall mowing if you live in an area that sees heavy snowfall because this will help prevent snow mold.
You never want to remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade in a single mowing. This means that if you end up skipping a mowing, you may end up mowing twice: The first mowing will take a bit off the top and the second mowing will get you to the height you want.
Try to mow your lawn in the early evening when the grass is drier and the sun is less intense. Always avoid a morning mowing since cutting dewey grass can give you an uneven trim AND a clumpy lawn that could clog your mower. Lastly, don’t forget to switch up your mowing pattern to encourage your grass to stand up tall and prevent lawn ruts!
Word to the wise: Despite the best routine, these things take time. It’s like the old adage...good lawns come to those who wait.