A lawn care guide is vital if you want to do it right the first time or correct the previous mistakes that hamper your lawn care efforts. A healthy lawn requires your effort — no doubt about that.
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There is no denying that caring for a lawn is one of the “works” that are leisurely, relaxing and a form of therapy. There is some comfort, some warmth, connected with coming from work one evening, getting the lawnmower, and trimming your front yard lawn as the sun goes down. It is no work, in truth; it is an exercise, a pastime. It is one easy way you can relieve yourself of the workplace-related stress.
But it is one thing to love caring for your lawns and something else to know how to do it right to have a lush lawn. What exactly does your lawn require to stand out in the neighborhood? As we are going to find out, it is also not all about what it needs, but when it needs it as well.
There are those homeowners who do not give a hoot about what their lawns look like. Once it is mowed, it’s over until it needs another mowing. They want a lawn, not a vibrant lawn. You should seek the latter.
As we are going to find out, mowing the lawns is not enough.
Do You Really Need A Lawn?
Here is why lawns are essential for your home:
Lawns add beauty to your home, depending on how you care for them. They can also be your private park, where you stroll or take a nap. Your children will also want to play on the lawn. Additionally, the lawns help keep the dust in check when the wind blows. A home without a lawn could be a mess if a strong wind or a whirlwind blows.
Lawns are one of the first home elements that your guests see as they walk in. The lawns contribute enormously to the first impressions the visitors create about you and your home. What else they are going to see inside of your house may not matter once they have developed the idea that you are a lazy, careless homeowner. You serve them delicious meals, but all they think of are your unkempt, long lawns, and what could be crawling through them.
So taking care of your lawns is one responsibility you shouldn’t underrate. But this is not about the neglected lawns; it’s about the lawns that are cared for, only not effectively.
That out of the way, here are the practical lawn care tips that guarantee a stunning lawn:
Aerate your lawns
You could be doing all you can to your lawns, but you still realize they look unhealthy. You could be having thin, unhealthy lawns because they are undernourished. They do not get enough nutrients. Why? Because the soil is too hard for the life-supporting elements like oxygen, fertilizer and oxygen to penetrate to get to the grassroots.
The solution is to periodically aerate the soil that supports your lawn. An aerator will punch holes into the ground. These holes will, in turn, act as the passages for the essential elements like water. If appropriately done, expect your lawns to thrive and put on the healthy look you have always yearned for.
Consider the Season While Mowing
It’s really cool to visit a friend and find him at home with a lawnmower, mowing his lawns. It goes to show what a caring fellow you have for a friend. But is he or she mowing the lawns the right way, judging by the season?
In the dry season when rain is scarce, the plants need to retain the little energy reserve or water they have in their stores. Long, withering leaves are a waste to them; therefore, you need to mow your lawns as close to the ground as possible during the dry season. So you should ensure your mower’s blade is at its lowest for a maximum trimming. All the tall leaves that get scorched should be cut off. Whatever that is left of your lawns will be able to thrive on the little resources.
In short, you have eliminated the unnecessary extra mouths.
Never Let the Litters Pile Up
I admire a lawn with dry tree leaves scattered on it. It is one familiar, lovely scene in the dry season. However, if you don’t occasionally rake these dead leaves out of the grass, the beauty they provide is soon lost.
The decomposing and gummy or slimy leaves from the trees around the lawns soon pile up on the lawns, weighing heavily on the grass. The carpet of dead leaves also suffocates the grass and can also be a perfect breeding ground for pests, which in turn end up destroying your lawns.
In the same breath, I should add that you also need to rake out the grass clippings every time you are done mowing if they are heavy enough to strain the lawn.
Consistent Lawn Watering
Rainfall is never consistent, so you cannot always bank on it. If you really care for your lawns, you need to water them in the days that the rain fails to turn up. To achieve that, you need a backup, and that’s where a sprinkler comes in.
If you long for a lush lawn, you need to provide it with at least one inch of water every seven days. How often you use your sprinkler to supplement the rainwater depends on the rain frequency and soil type. The same determines how long the sprinkler is left running. For instance, clay soil needs little water.
Applying Lawn Pesticides and Eliminating the Weeds
Weeds and pests have one thing in common: they are never welcome wherever they long to be guests. Weeds that grow on your lawn will compete with your grass for the water and nutrients. If the weeds are excess, they choke the grass, conquer the place, and what an unbecoming sight you get there!
On the other hand, pests are just as dangerous, or worse. The last thing you want is a sickly lawn, so find the right herbicides for your lawns.
Apply the Lawn Fertilizers
The right time to apply fertilizer to your lawn grass is in the middle or towards the end of the Fall, because this is the period the grass needs to fill up its energy banks in preparation for the coming winter.
Although the grass leaves grow slowly during the Fall due to the ever chilly weather, the grassroots need the energy to penetrate deeper. For the sake of these roots, you apply the fertilizer; otherwise, they would exhaust the grass by spending the little energy that is being preserved for the winter.
The fertilizer keeps your lawn from withering. It is also advisable to immediately apply the lawn fertilizer after aeration because the aerator’s holes are still open.
Fill Up the Patches Quickly
Once in a while, you notice that some areas of your lawn are discoloring. Maybe it is your dog that pooped there, or you applied excess fertilizer or something. Whatever the cause, do not let the situation deteriorate. It would help if you filled up the patches to retain uniformity. The beauty of the lawn is in the uniformity, by the way.
Therefore, make haste to buy the right grass seeds. Remember to roughen the soil around the patched area before planting the seeds. I’ll expound on how to plant a lawn grass in a future article.
Bear in mind that, at the end of the day, the reason you need to improve your home is so that you can feel good and live your dreams in a lovely, lively, and homely environment. Any other consideration is secondary.
When your lawns are neat, lively and lush, you feel good. Pampering your lawns could be the healing you need. How else would you work hand in hand with nature?