10 Tips to keep a Thick, Green, Weed-Free Lawn and Prevent Flooding!

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10 Tips to keep a Thick, Green, Weed-Free Lawn and Prevent Flooding!

Its that time of year again. The weather is warming up, the grass is turning green and weeds are starting to pop up in your lawn. Before learning how to protect your home from fires and your car from accidents as a local insurance agent, I specialized in protecting lawns from turning brown and growing weeds.  In light of that, I thought I would offer a few tips top get your lawn in great shape this year:

  1. Don’t cut your grass shorter than 2.5 inches
    •  This helps maintain moisture during the hot and dry months of summer
  2. Fertilize your lawn every 6 – 8 weeks
    • In addition to sun and water, grass needs nutrients to thrive
  3. Don’t use ‘Round-Up’ in your grass!
    • Round up is a broad-spectrum herbicide and can kill everything, including your grass
    • This is great around your driveway and rocks where you don’t want any plants growing
  4. Instead use ‘Weed-B-Gone’ or another similar product that targets ‘broadleaf weeds’
    • For best results, spray directly on the leaves so they can ‘soak it up’ rather than down at the roots
    • Some stubborn weeds may require sprayings a few days apart
  5. In a dry climate like Colorado, NEVER power-rake or dethatch your lawn
    • Thatch provides a protective barrier to retain moisture during the hot summer months
  6. Instead Aerate your lawn at least once per year (spring AND fall if you have time)
    • Water for at least an hour the night before doing your aeration
    • This thickens your root system by cutting the roots, so two can grow where only one existed before
  7. Never water your lawn at night or you’ll end up with a mold problem in your grass
    • Instead water early in the morning so it can dry off as the day heats up
  8. Instead of watering daily, only water every 2-3 days for longer periods of time
    • A good long watering trains your roots to grow ‘downward’ which protects them in the summer
  9. During the HOT summer months – spread ‘Revive’ on the lawn
    • This helps water reach the root system and prevents your grass from turning brown
  10. Sharpen your lawnmower blade at least once a year (or more if time permits)
    • A dull lawnmower blade ‘tears’ the grass rather than cutting it and is a leading cause of diseases in your lawn.

Flood Insurance

Almost every year around this time, we also start to hear from clients requesting information about ‘flood insurance,’ ‘flood damage,’ and ‘flood claims.’  Flooding is one of the leading causes of damage to homes and other residences in Colorado.  To make matters worse, Floods are not covered by your standard homeowners insurance, condo insurance, or renters insurance policy.  To be protected against flood damage, you need to obtain a secondary type of insurance policy called a ‘flood policy.’  This type of insurance policy covers damage to your residence or property that is caused by flooding.  What many people don’t realize is how cheap flood insurance can be.  Since most people in Denver and the surrounding cities like Arvada, Broomfield, Thornton, Golden, etc. don’t live in flood zones, their flood insurance can be as cheap as a couple hundred dollars per year.

If you have any questions about flood insurance or flood damage, please be sure to give us a call at 303-463-9800!

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