With the outdoors season now in our midst, it’s time for you to enjoy the beauty of your lawn. A lawn is always a source of happiness and pride, an oasis for relaxation and a place for the family to recreate, especially if it is properly cared for and stays lush and green. One of the most crucial parts of a beautiful lawn is the grass. Unfortunately, it is also the most difficult to manage as it requires careful attention.
For those who are not gifted with a green thumb, no need to worry as we’ve assembled a list of some important things to keep your grass always looking prim:
The grass can become unwieldy very quickly especially during the outdoors season. Regular cutting helps to keep the grass short at the same time thickens it. Little and frequent cutting is better than a one-time deal. It is recommended that you change patterns and directions each time you mow, so that the grass blades grow in an even direction. Normally, the grass should be shortened by no more than one inch. However, during the hot summer months, you can keep the grass a little bit longer as it will help it through the period of drought.
While cutting can keep the grass in check, it can also sap its nutrients. So, it is important to replace the lost nutrients to achieve desired lush and healthy growth. You should fertilize the grass every four or five weeks at the start of the spring season. Fertilizer mixes, which contain nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen, are readily available at your local garden store. Read the label to know how much and when best to use the fertilizer.
To keep the garden lush and green through the summer, you need to water it frequently. There are no hard rules as to how often and how much volume you need to water the lawn. But it all depends on the temperature and humidity. There are automatic sprinkler systems, which works much like the steaming irons found on this site and instantly waters your lawn. If you have planted new lawn, you need to water it more frequently so that the seeds can grow faster and a good solid root system is formed.
- Weed control
With consistency and using the proper technique, you can win the battle against unwanted weeds in your garden. The best weed control is through mechanical means as it can remove lots of weeds. For smaller weeds, you can use a manual scarifier which disturbs and prevents the growth of weeds. For dandelions and daisies, they should be uprooted with a root weeder to prevent them from re-growing. In case the weeds have crept throughout the entire lawn, the best way is restructure the lawn and re-plant a new grass.
- Scarifying and aerification
An essential component in the healthy growth of grass is adequate aeration. Lack of air can result in stunted growth; this is often the case especially if the soil is compact or is not sandy. You can stamp holes into the lawn using a digging fork and fill these holes with coarse sand. Not only does it allow water in the surface to flow freely, it also provides access for oxygen. In order to remove dead roots and other debris, it may be best to scarify the soil. To do this, remove the lawn thatch so that there is more free space for the lower portion of the grass as well as for the stems to grow unobstructed.
Keeping your lawn in perfect shape throughout the year is not actually that difficult. With constant care, you can make it look lush and green every time!