A beautiful lawn is a healthy lawn. Like with other plants, you need to provide grass with the specific elements it needs to thrive. By using the techniques listed below, you’re sure to have a much healthier and more beautiful lawn this year!
Watering is probably the most important aspect leading to a green and lush lawn. You can tell if your lawn needs to be watered when it begins to turn blue-grey. But it’s important not to over-water your lawn as well, as this can wash away important nutrients the grass needs to grow.
Scarifying and Aeration
Lawn soil lacks the amount of sand grass roots need to get enough air. Without air, your grass’ growth will be stunted. You should aerate during the growing season, when it’s most important for your grass to get air and oxygen. Just grab a digging fork and stamp a few holes in your lawn, which will then fill with air, water and fertilizer. You should also remove any dead grass, roots, and stems that grow between the grass’ roots. This will allow for more breathing space which will in turn help the stems grow better.
Take a little off the top
There are a variety of factors that are involved when it comes to proper cutting of your lawn. First, you should be cutting your grass regularly, as this helps to thicken grass. It is better to cut it a bit at a time and more frequently than to cut it very short once a month. Longer grass will be more resilient against drought and stand up to pests and diseases. You should also be conscious of switching directions and patterns every time you cut your lawn. Your grass will look better if they’re not pressed into the same direction every time. Maintain sharp blades on your lawn mower so that your grass is able to recover from the mowing faster and your lawn will look nicer and neater as well. While cutting grass regularly is beneficial, it does prevent grass from seeding itself. Keep a spare bag of grass seed in your garage or shed so you can fill in bare spots if they arise. Keeping your lawn patch-free will also prevent weeds from growing!
Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize!
You should be fertilizing your lawn every four or five weeks beginning in the spring. Cutting your lawn removes nutrients, and this will replenish those nutrients your grass needs to grow. Use a natural fertilizer heavy in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous—these are the most essential nutrients for grass. Most people are tempted to bag their lawn clippings, but leaving them on your lawn will actually keep your grass greener and reduce the number of times you need to fertilize. You can also make your own fertilizer in a compost bin with kitchen and yard waste.
One of the most effective ways of keeping weeds at bay is to remove them mechanically—and most can be removed this way. Smaller weeds should be removed with a manual scarifier, while larger ones like daisies and dandelions should be removed by a root weeder. Root weeding means you get as much of the root as possible and prevent future regrowth. You should always try to remove weeds before they have had a chance to seed, so you can prevent weeds from spreading.
We hope this tips help you grow the best lawn you’ve ever had!