Give the green carpet welcome to your guests in form of well-maintained lawn. Healthy lawn adds great level of grandeur to your home, while asking for very little expense. Maintaining a lawn doesn’t cost you a fortune, if you follow these tips effectively.
Setting the Soil
Preparation and planning is the key in bringing up an amazing looking lawn. To make your lawn eye catchy, you need to start from its soil. Regardless of your planting method, you need to prepare soil by banishing weeds.
Preparing the soil forehand prevent formation of ruts and crust overs in your lawn. Test the pH levels of your soil before splashing bucks into the ground. Approach the agricultural university of your state for assistance in soil testing.
Hydro-seeding – Effective Way to Seed
Rolling out a carpet of sod is quick and simple. You are done with seeding responsibilities in a flash. Nevertheless, sod is expensive, especially when you have a larger area to cover.
While seeding the lawn yourself, consider the hydro-seeding route. This long used technique of our farmers, helps dispersal of seeds. In hydroseeding, your grass seeds are in the mix along with wood fibers, binding agents and fertilizers.
Lawn Mowing Tips
Constant mowing is vital to maintaining a healthy lawn. Follow these top tips while moving your lawn
- Move at a glacial and steady speed to ensure you don’t remove more than one third of leaf surface. When you mow proper, you get a healthy and drought tolerant turf.
- When you encounter too much slopes or worse, live in hillside, exercise extreme caution. Never mow grass on a slope, when grass is wet. Slippery footings can cause serious injuries.
- Scalping in lawn maintenance means cutting grass too short. A scalped turf exposes more soil, that allows entry for weed seeds to root. Besides weed infestation, scalping exposes lawn to other diseases.
- Grass-cycling is the practice of letting grass clippings stay on the lawn after cutting. It helps solve a major part of fertilizer needs of your lawn.
- Longer cut grasses are not perfect for grass-cycling. Compost longer clippings by mowing them over again, so that they are chopped finely.
- One of the most overlook aspect of mowing is sharpness of the blade. When it isn’t sharp enough, it gives uneven edges and even tears grass. Sharp blades gives attractive clean cuts on the grass.
- Another factor that determines mow quality is mower’s height. Especially in the summer, keep the deck higher. It allows grass to grow to shade soil and thereby prevents weed infestation.
- Maintenance of lawns must be ecological. Always choose a battery powered mower over fuel powered models. If you have a bigger lawn to cover, purchase extra batteries.
- Shady mowing essentially needs some tweaking. Always keep your cutting deck higher, when moving grass in shady areas. The longer grass blades helps the plant to efficiently conduct photosynthesis.
- Unlike your saloon, mow grass when it is on the dry side. Moving wet lawn clogs your mover deck. When you are in dire need to mow wet lawn, oil the underside of your mower.
- It’s ideal to move lawn in the shade. Exposing cut grass to sun, makes the plant lose more water. Avoid putting your plant on this strenuous activity, for which recovery ain’t quick and easy.
- Make sure to have a flat edging adjacent to your lawn besides walks, pavements and plants. Roll one of the wheels on the edging for best effect.
- Never mow in the same pattern time after time. When your overuse a pattern, it creates ruts in the soil, which leads to unhealthy grass.
Water Once and Heavy
Do have a schedule for watering your lawn. Automatic sprinkler systems are as easy to use as robot vacuum. Follow a set frequency for watering. Watering helps roots to extend deeper in the soil. The trick is to water deeply and restricting frequency of watering. The soil type must determine the amount of water required for your lawn.
Water once a week for lawns, that are over few months old. For newly seeded lawns, water 5-10 minutes every day. When the grass grows over an inch, water 15-20 minutes every day.
Choosing the Best Fertilizers for Your Lawn
Like all living ecosystems, you need to feed your lawn adequately. Supplement lawn with solid meal twice a year – spring and fall. You can fertilize your lawn some more in the middle of the summer too.
Do not settle for the standard NPK (nitrogen, phosphate, potassium) fertilizers which don’t cover all the needs of your lawn. Go for a rounded product, which has got copper, iron and sulfur along with NPK.
It is like feeding your lawn with multivitamins rather protein shakes. Read the reviews to pick a best fertilizer.
Dealing with Weeds
Nothing is more annoying than crabgrass, when you are a lawn owner. People have divided opinions on using and avoiding herbicides. Experts strictly avoid using herbicides for their lawns.
Alternatively, growing healthy grass sorts the weed issue by itself. It dents the entry and survival of invaders naturally. Mowing helps top off crabgrass prior to its shattering of seeds.
Aerate Your Lawn
Grass easily overpopulates any given area. When things get such compacted, the nutrients cannot penetrate till roots. Aeration becomes a dire need, since roots are where nutrients are most needed. The general idea is to poke holes to improve oxygen circulation. There are numerous aeration tools available in local stores. Alternatively, you can waltz around the lawn with your spiked sports shoes.
Choose Best Grass Type
Regardless of the efforts you put in, the texture of your lawn depends on type of grass. There are tons of grass varieties available now and more varieties are being developed year after year.
As a rule of thumb, cold season grass goes dormant in warm weather and vice versa. The trick is to go for a mix of grass types. Having green lawn all year around is a real prospect.