You don’t have to convince anyone about a healthy lawn. A healthy lawn appeals to the eye and enhances the beauty of your home. Does your lawn have what it needs? Is it a lush green carpet that your visitors and everyone else enjoy looking at? Everyone dreams of having a healthy lawn. There are basic tips that can help you make everyone happy including your lawn itself.
- Preparation and Setting Soil
Like everything else in your home, a new lawn requires proper preparation and planning before doing anything else. Regardless of the method you intend to use you must prepare the soil and the area. It is recommended you test the PH of the soil as this will save you valuable money. Strip the area of all weeds and improve the drainage of the area. You may consider enriching your soil by adding loam and compost. Pack down the soil using a roller and grade it using a metal rake.
There are different channels to having a beautiful lawn. You may decide to roll out a carpet of sod or seed the area by hand or hydro-seeding.
Mowing is one of the most important lawn maintenance practices. Most people tend to mow their lawn too short as a strategy to save time. This should be avoided because it will not only damage the grass but also allow the weeds to set their roots. Keep your lawn grass healthier by cutting off less than a third of the grass blade.
- Air Supply
After the grass has grown it may compact together thus making it difficult for nutrients to penetrate to the root system. You may poke holes in your lawn to allow for aeration and oxygen circulation.
- Preventing weeds before they come up
Use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds from germinating in your lawn.
Always water your lawn during morning hours when the sun is yet to rise. This helps in minimizing evaporation. Avoid watering at night since this can lead to high levels of moisture which can result in some diseases. Be careful not to water excessively or less than what is required. Have a watering schedule, say once a week for deep watering.
- Feed your Lawn
You could be wondering what this is all about. Well, your lawn requires nitrogen which can be supplied by the fertilizers. Apply a mix of fast and slow release fertilizers over time. Your grass needs copper, iron, and sulfur to grow healthy. This will help the grass to become healthy and green up the lawn quickly.
After the grass has come up, there are areas that tend to have a little thin grass. The ideal time to reseed these areas is during fall (cool-season grasses) and in late spring (warm-season grasses).