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Lawn Care Tips

Having a healthy and good looking lawn is not only nice to look at, it also adds greater value to your home. If you want to create a great looking lawn in your own home, simply follow the following simple steps.

Mowing

  • Cutting your grass short isn't advisable if you want to keep the grass healthy. It weakens the root system and gives the weeds a chance to take over. Speaking of weeds, they should be pulled out as they compete with the grass by sucking nutrients and water out of the soil, they are stronger than grass so they are able to weaken the grass' roots and basically, make your lawn look dirty.
  • Mow in different patterns and directions every time. Mowing the same way will make your grass grow in an angle rather grow upright. Also, mowing in a pattern will cut more leaf surface on weeds that lean in the direction of mowing and help the grass to compete with them. It also reduces soil compaction and turf wear from the wheels.
  • Mowing your lawn with unsharpened mower blades, it will tear-off the grass rather cut it. This gives the lawn a whitish caste from the torn leaves and leaves the grass weak. Therefore, sharpen your mower blades at least once a year.
  • Reduce or disregard the need to trim around the edges of your lawn. Keep your shrubs and flower beds level with the lawn so you can overlap with the mower. Design your lawn to eliminate tight corners and pockets where your mower won't fit.

Watering

  • You don't need to water regularly, but when you do, make sure you do it thoroughly as this helps deep root growth. It's not easy to say how much water to provide as it all depends on soil type, species of grass, mowing height, climate, and other factors. Measure rainfall and sprinkle water with a rain gauge or straight from a container.
  • Provide less water in shade areas that only receive less than 4 hours of direct sunlight.
  • The grass under a tree will need more water as the roots of the trees will mostly consume the water and the tree canopy may intercept rainfall.
  • Early in the morning is the perfect time to water as you give the grass time to suck it in before it can even evaporate. Never water at night as the grass is more likely get soaked, which increases it to produce bacteria.
  • Having a brown lawn due to the hotness and dryness of the weather, don't panic as this is normal. It's just a dormant state and will green up again when wetter and cooler weather returns.

Pests

  • A vigorous, compact and healthy lawn is the best defense in opposition to the invasion of weeds and other pests. Check your lawn daily to catch problems but usually insects won't cause any any as it actually tells you that you have a healthy lawn.
  • Pull out weeds manually and make sure you get their roots before they can even multiply and produce seed heads. If you choose to kill it with a pesticide, spot spray the weeds.
  • When providing fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, make sure to read the label at the back before using.

Fertilizing

Generally, only fertilize when your lawn's nutrient levels drop down due to climate or other factors. And as much as possible, use organic fertilizers because you get the most nutrients from here rather what you see on the shelves.

Repairing patches

  • A healthy lawn will usually repair itself, but with proper watering and fertilizing, it will make the repairing faster.
  • You can also reseed by mixing grass seed into compost or soil in a container and spread it over the dead spot. Keep area moist until seedlings become established and compact to the ground.

Shade

  • A lawn needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight for a healthy growth.
  • Select the right species of grass to ensure a healthy lawn in shady areas and do not mow them less than 3 inches.
  • Shady parts need less water and fertilizers.