Most of the time, the lawn acts as the gateway to your home. Whether you come from a different country or state, you have to agree that well-manicured lawns give off a certain good feeling. A healthy lawn is highly appealing and serves as a masterpiece for your hard work; you have to worry about the amount of work hours related to properly maintaining the lawn. Lawn maintenance is all about timing and relevance of the tools used to trim it. The following are some DIY tips that can help you maintain that special space that is a reflection of nature.
Tip 1: Watering Preferences
Most plants require water to grow and develop. The water should be constant at certain time intervals to avoid water logging. Monitoring the speed and amount of water can provide you with the lush green lawn that you desire. Furthermore, after a session of watering, allow about 2 inches of the ground to dry before you water again. The most appropriate times for watering are early mornings and late evenings. It is recommended that you water the lawn during these times to avoid evaporation and ensure the roots get enough moisture to enrich the grass. Depending on the geographical location of your home, it’s important to consider the grass breed that is most suitable to perform well and also assess the water recommendations of the grass during the planting period.
Tip 2: Performing Good Mowing Practices
Setting your mower to the highest possible height is recommended because tall galls shields light from reaching weeds that may encroach on your grass. Moreover, it promotes root growth and other important microbes that might assist in enhancing the outlook of the grass. After mowing most people tend to pick up the clippings, however it’s advisable to leave them to add more nutrients to the grass. These are some instructions that you can follow when mowing:
- Do not mow grass that has only been plated for a wee, because the roots have not been entrenched.
- Wet lawns are hazardous, thus mow when they are dry to prevent accidents.
- Mow at different directions each time to ensure even growth of the grass.
- Always ensure that the mowing blade is sharp enough to avoid plucking the grass instead of cutting it.
- Depending on the time of the season you might cut the grass a bit lower say 3 inches.
Tip 3: Fertilizing Options
Understanding the concentration of Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorous in fertilizer is crucial. The numbers are written on the fertilizer bags, and you should ensure the total is no more than ten with the highest ratio being occupied by Nitrogen which is the most important ingredient for grass. However, organic fertilizers are better for soil maintenance as compared to the synthetic ones.
To ensure the fertilizer is spread evenly you can either buy or rent a fertilizer spreader. For a small lawn, a drop spreader works best while for a huge lawn, the broadcast spreader is recommended. Follow the instruction that come with the spreader and ensure that you do this once a year under cool conditions to promote root growth. You are free to fertilize many more times depending on the look you desire, but avoid fertilizing more than four times to avoid burning the lawn. The following instructions might assist you in these:
- Setting the spreader at half the recommended setting and walking over the lawn twice in two sets of rows at right angles to each other will provide similarly even outlook with no stripes.
- Use gloves to scoop the fertilizer and spread it on the edges and tight spaces to ensure your entire lawn is covered.
Tip 4: Aeration of the Lawn
It’s important that once a year through the use of a lawn aerator to pluck off patches of the ground around eight plugs per square foot. The procedure enhances the health of your lawn by ensuring that the grass has some space to breath. It also acts as a form of cover, preventing the buildup of thatch and diseases due to the compact nature of the soil. The aeration should be done when the soil is a bit dry, but soft enough for the penetration of tines in order to achieve the desired results.
The benefits of a good lawn cannot be understated. It provides a free space to express yourself and your family. A Good lawn does not set you back economically because it is priceless. The fresh air achieved from lawn provides a sense of release from the monotonous technological construct of today’s world. Thus, apply the aforementioned tips to improve the current state of your lawn.