There can be nothing quite like a lush green lawn. Imagine stepping out into a nice freshly-mowed thick land healthy lawn, barefoot.
Maintaining a healthy lawn in all seasons could have several more benefits than looks. Apart from retaining the value of your property, well-maintained lawns can also prevent erosion by run-off water, improve flood control, and it could certainly give your kids an excellent turf to play and have fun.
Some suggestions for your lawn maintenance are discussed here in this article.
Spring is the time you get your lawn ready for the growing season.
It’s often the best time to do the first cutting of your lawn. Depending on the weather, the grass may begin to significantly grow at this time of the year. If you decide to mow, always remember not to do so when your lawn is wet. Wet mowing could spread diseases, and also, wet clippings tend to clog up lawnmower blades.
Summer heat may be detrimental to your lawn if you don’t take care of the necessary maintenance. If you take too long to mow, or if you water too little or too much, or ignore the signs of pests, your lawn could quickly become weak, and it could even die.
After summer, it’s time to start preparing your lawn for winter. Autumn is a great time to restart your lawn treatment as the soil temperature may still be warm enough to stimulate grass growth.
Winter is a reasonably quiet season in the garden. There’re, however, a few things you can do to help keep your lawn in the best condition possible. You could mow only when necessary and look out for things like algae and worms, and moles.
For some tips for a healthier lawn, from spring to fall, consider the points below.
1. Mow Correctly At The Right Height
Mowing may seem simple enough, but every time you cut your grass, you either succeed or fail at creating a nice turf of lawn. Timely mowing will help you groom a turf that’s thick and healthy. If you mow incorrectly, your lawn could struggle to grow. Whenever you mow, never remove more than a third of the total leaf surface of each grass blade.
In summer, adjust the height of your mower to leave grass tall. Tall grass reduces water evaporation and may lead to deeper roots. Tall grass also shades the soil and prevents weeds from germinating.
Raking is a great starting point when preparing your lawn for new growth. Raking helps to get rid of thatch. This is the layer of dead lawn between the green grass and the soil below. Thatch can be harmful to your lawn if left unraked. Thatch could also hinder your lawn from penetrating it as it grows.
Because grass can be tender, it’s advisable to rake when the lawn starts to green up. This signifies that the roots have firmly attached to the ground. To avoid damaging your lawn, use a flexible rake, although you should try to deeply rake away the thatch.
3. Aerating When Necessary
If there’s heavy traffic on your lawn, the soil beneath it could end up being compacted. If you notice moss, it could signify that the soil is compacted and needs to be aerated.
When you aerate, you create openings that allow air and water to sip into the soil. When the soil is aerated, your lawn will receive all the nutrients it needs for healthy growth.
You can hire a lawn aerator, or you could do it manually if need be. However, remember to aerate soil after the first weeds have sprouted. Doing so before could encourage the germination of weeds in the holes.
4. Assess The Soil
Grass thrives in soils with neutral pH. Spring may be a good time to assess the pH level of your soil. Your lawn may not grow very well if the pH level is outside the neutral level.
Adding soil amendments like limestone can help optimise soil pH, but do so after getting the soil tested by experts who can advise you on how much lime or fertiliser you may need per square foot.
Dog poo and too much traffic can lead to unwanted patches on your lawn. These can be fixed by overseeding. To overseed is to sow seed on existing lawn. Bare patches on your lawn may need grass seed to fill up the patches.
When you overseed your lawn, be sure to apply a starter fertiliser and keep the new seed moist until it has sprouted. Overseeding can also be an excellent way to replenish your lawn and add new grass varieties.
There’re different ways of fertilising your lawn. It can be done by topdressing with compost or using a mulching mower if you prefer fast-acting fertilisers.
7. Apply Pre-Emergent Herbicides
If you prefer a weed-free lawn, you may need to use a pre-emergent or post-emergent herbicide.
Pre-emergent herbicides kill weeds before their seedlings can even emerge. Post-emergent herbicides, on the other hand, kill the weeds after they’ve sprouted. Remember that you can’t overseed after using pre-emergent herbicides because the lawn seeds will not sprout.
8. Service The Lawn Mower
Spring is a great time to give your lawnmower a good service. It’s advisable to give your mower a tune-up at least once a year. One of the vital tune-up tasks is sharpening the mower blades. Sharp mower blades sever the grass plants, leading to a nice green lawn rather than one with torn and ragged tips.
9. Water Properly
For healthy summer grass, water your lawn deeply but not frequently. Try to keep it nice a moist but not flooded.
10. Avoid Damaging The Lawn
Dog poo, litter, and too much trampling can lead to patches of dead grass in your lawn. Pick up litter and avoid parking on the lawn if you want to maintain a healthy and green lawn.
Lawn care depends on the weather conditions in your region. If, for example, you’ve snow in your area, then you might want to begin your lawn maintenance when the snowing is over. Lawn care has the advantage of adding of retaining the value of your property.