13 Jul Keep Your Lawn Healthy All Year
Your landscape will not stay perfect like how they are when they are first made. Sooner or later the trees from your yard will be needing some pruning, weeds are taken out and even plants be replaced in order to keep your landscape clean and presentable. One part of your landscape that you should always do maintenance is your lawn. Your yard would absolutely look unhealthy and ugly if your lawn is.
Taking care of your lawn usually requires a lot of effort however it isn’t a difficult process to do. Lawn maintenance is ultimately a combination of knowledge, experience, and consistent hard work. It is also time consuming and unpredictable which is why most homeowners leave the job to professionals.
Prepare Your Soil
Planting a new lawn is easy however it needs thorough preparation and planning. Your area where your lawn should be must be prepared thoroughly to banish unwanted plants and make sure that the soil is in good condition so it won’t crust over. If you can, test the pH of your soil. This is one thing that most gardeners skip when planting a new lawn. It might seem like extra work but testing your soil’s pH will save you costs from constant maintenance just because your lawn keeps dying or is unhealthy.
Watering Your Lawn
For the full grown lawn, water once a week but water deep. Soaking your lawn weekly helps roots to extend deeper into the soil. This also helps prevent the soil from totally drying out which kills the lawn. Watering deeply also prevents chinch bugs that tend to attach dried lawns. For you to know how much water your lawn needs, know your soil type. Sandy soil dries faster so they need frequent watering, while clay soils hold moisture longer so it does not require constant watering.
For lawns that are newly seeded, make sure not to over water them. Your goal is to dampen the seed without causing the seeds to run off. Watering every day for 5 to 10 minutes is enough for it to sprout. And when the seeds sprout, increase the watering time to up to 15-20 minutes.
Take the weeds out
Herbicides are essential to a healthy lawn as it significantly banishes weeds and pests for your lawn. However, the true secret to banishing these unwanted elements from your lawn is to grow a healthy lawn that it chokes out the invaders naturally which is why many experts avoid using herbicides. Weeds should be taken out since they affect the health of other plants. Apart from using herbicides to kill invaders, mowing also helps in eliminating them.
Do not over trim your lawn
One mistake most homeowners do to their lawn is cutting it way too short. It is a misunderstanding to cut the lawn short so that they don’t have to lawn more often. Sharing your grass too short stresses your grass. It is better to cut only the top third of the grass so the soil does not dry out fast. Taller grass promotes better root development which keeps grass rooted well to the soil.