Having a great looking lawn gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other part of your house can. Staring at that beautiful luscious green scenery makes you wonder, “How am I going to maintain this haven of a yard?” Fret not, because today, we will give you some of our top tips to help you maintain a healthy-looking lawn.
Follow our simple guide and make it a habit to do them as part of a lawn maintenance plan routinely. Religiously following these steps, you’ll never have to worry about a dull, weed-stricken yard ever again!
First and foremost, what is Aerating or aeration? It is a term used to indicate the process of inserting air into a material. In lawn terms, aerating is the process of losing up your soil when it’s too impacted to allow entry of much-needed air and oxygen for your plant’s roots. Aeration also gives space for the roots to grow longer and healthier.
Your lawn is usually the ground of physical activities. From your kids playing, your pets running around, and sometimes having that party celebration in the summer. This type of “stress” overtime applies pressure to the soil beneath your lawn and makes them tighter and tighter, thus preventing air from coming in. Hard, compact soil is also a big problem for one of your agents of nature, worms. These little friends of your plants can’t dig through compacted soil; that’s why you need to do regular aerating by puncturing small holes about 3 inches deep into your soil.
Utilizing natural fertilizers
Using all-natural fertilizers is not just better for the environment, but for your plants as well. A proven study was published by Austin’s watershed protection and development review department showing that organic and natural fertilizers produce healthier and luscious grass than synthetic ones.
Watering: The right way
Most people often do lawn watering as merely as opening their sprinklers for a few minutes and thinking that it gets the job done. This type of watering is ineffective most of the time, and your grass is left thirsty. For a greener lawn, learn to water the grass deeply. Also, lessen the frequency with which you water the grass. Learning to water them deeply and less often helps the plants’ roots dig more into the soil. This method enables the grass to be more hydrated even in tough times like scorching weather.
How to water them deeply, you say? A simple test of putting containers randomly around your lawn and turning the sprinklers on will help give you a measurement if you’re doing it right. Try to measure a water level of 1 inch in the shallow containers, and you’re pretty much there. Before you water your lawn again, try touching the surface of the soil and dig about 3-4 inches in. If the soil is still moist to the touch, then they’re still good to go. If you encounter dry hard soil during this test, then it’s time to water your lawn again.
Mowing the lawn is one of the most common forms of maintenance. Although it is also one of the most time-consuming, it’s effective and keeps your lawn great.
When grass grows thicker, especially during the summer, you need to cut them more frequently. Shortening the grass encourages fuller growth and eliminates coarse grasses. How often you need to mow depends on the current weather conditions.
One thing to take note of is to avoid mowing when the grass is wet. This can cause damage to both the oil and the grass. Make sure also to alternate the direction of your lawn mower when performing this task.
Always remember to keep the blades of the lawnmower sharp. Dull, blunt blades cause ripping in the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, which damages both the ground and the roots.
Over-seeding the soil
A technique used by professionals that involves using seed mixed with fertilizer and spreading them throughout the lawn. It is a great way to fill bald spots in your areas while improving your lawn’s green color. The new seeds also occupy free space to prevent weeds and wild grass from growing.
Preparing for over seeding requires you to prep the soil. It is usually done through aerating, mowing, and watering the lawn. This process can be repeated annually to keep your lawn beautiful and healthy.
Maintaining a healthy lawn is easy if you know how to do it right. Reading and educating yourself with proper maintenance helps make the process easy and fast. Use our tips and make your way to a cleaner and greener lawn!