If you’re a keen gardener, you probably spend hours in your yard each week, tending to both new and established plants and perhaps even growing your own produce. However, you may not spend enough time thinking about your lawn, too. Or, if you’re not a green thumb at all, you probably don’t attend to the grass in your yard much at all!
If you want to increase the curb appeal of your property and have a beautiful, fresh, green lawn for you and your family to enjoy, you must give your lawn regular attention. Read on for some simple yet effective tips you can follow to take care of your grass year long.
Watering is of course vital for summer lawn care, when hot temperatures mean drier soil, but it is also an important task that needs to be done year-round to keep lawn looking its best. Watering is particularly important for people who live in areas that don’t get a lot of rain, or that have high temperatures or warm weather most of the year.
It’s time to water your lawn if you notice that it has taken on a blue-gray tint. Plus, if the older leaf blades start to curl up or wilt, this is another indication that the soil has begun to dry out. Remember, too, that when a lawn has recently been laid, it needs more water than usual. At this stage, give it moisture on a daily basis, so the lawn’s seeds can germinate, and a solid root system can establish itself.
Some people enjoy mowing lawns, and others hate it, but regardless of where you sit on this spectrum, help maintain your lawn by mowing it regularly. While this obviously makes the lawn look neat and tidy, it also has a benefit for the grass because cutting it back helps to thicken it up. However, do be sure to only mow a little bit off at once.
This instruction is particularly key during summer. When the weather is hot, having extra length gives the lawn more ability to withstand the dry times. During winter, though, you should cut back the lawn a little more. Doing this allows more sunlight to get down to the crown of the grass and helps it to stay healthy. However, never trim off more than a third of the blades in one mow.
Like any living organism, your lawn has to receive essential nutrients to grow and stay looking fresh and green. While it gets a lot of these from the rain, you can help it out by feeding it with fertilizer at least once a year. Fall is typically the best time for this, but it also pays to add some feed in early spring.
To get proper coverage, make sure you don’t miss any areas of your lawn when you apply the fertilizer. It helps to utilize a drop spreader as this makes for an even, consistent application. Fertilizing is also simpler when you divide your grassy area into a grid of squares, so you know where you’ve been and what still needs to be done. Furthermore, after you’ve applied the feed, be sure to water the lawn within three days, unless you receive rain first.
Many people concentrate on weeding their garden beds, but forget that lawns can also end up overrun with the annoying growths if they’re not kept in control. To help your lawn stay beautiful year round, then, roll up your sleeves and get weeding.
Do this by hand, manually, if you like, or consider purchasing an organic weed killer that doesn’t hurt the environment or your pets. The best times of year to apply this kind of product is in spring (or sometimes summer, depending on the weather in your area), as well as in fall, when you should repeat the process.
To keep weeds at bay, note that acidic lawns are more prone to excessive weed growth and to be covered with moss. As such, check the pH level of the soil below your lawn in winter. Raise the level with the application of ground chalk or limestone to help ward off weeds.
If you choose to remove some weeds by hand, such as daisies, white clover and dandelions, it pays to use a scarifier for the job. To make the time most worthwhile, though, try to get as much of the root out as possible as you go along. This will stop the weeds from growing back quickly.