May Your Grasses Be Greener: 8 Things You Need To Do With Your Lawn
Ever walked or drove by a neighbourhood in which every house you passed by has a perfect lawn? Did you also feel refreshed when you saw them? Well, you should maintain yours, too!
A well-groomed lawn is just pleasing to the eyes. However, you should consider the time and effort it’ll take to achieve a perfect lawn but it’ll be all worth it! Besides, you’ll have serious problems if you won’t make time for the maintenance of your lawn.
So if you’re up to the challenge, here are 8 things you can do to achieve the perfect lawn you’ve been wanting all along!
1. Remove the unnecessary
Well, these things are not just unnecessary, but they can also make your plants suffer. If there are a lot of dead trees and plants on your lawn, make sure to get rid of them. You can hire tree removal services to help you because they know how to handle these things. Besides, dead trees could also be a safety hazard if not removed immediately.
After removing dead plants, you should also practise good mowing techniques. Be mindful that mowing doesn’t have to be done every week, and you can just look out for the height of the grasses. However, when mowing, you should also try to gradually decrease the height of the grasses. It’ll help you to lessen the time of mowing your lawn.
In addition, try not to follow the same direction every time because it’ll help you get a more uniform cut and also reduces soil compaction.
2. Test the soil
Have you ever get your solid tested? If not, you should try it! Soil testing is very important because it can identify if your lawn soil is alkaline, neutral, or acidic. Plants usually prefer the neutral soil pH which is 7.0. When testing the soil the scale can be measured from 1 to 14 where below 7.0 is considered acidic while above 7.0 is alkaline or sweet.
Aside from identifying the pH level of the soil, soil testing also helps in identifying other missing elements which will make the soil healthier.
How does soil testing work? Well, there are soil testing kits available in the market, but you can always contact soil experts near you!
3. Fertilise the soil
Fertilising the soil is one of the most important parts of maintaining a well-manicured lawn. It helps maintain healthy soil and greener grass. Keep in mind that you should use fertiliser according to your grass type. Moreover, you should fertilise the soil at least once or twice a year, except during the Summer season.
4. Control pests
When it comes to the length of grasses, there are standard measurements to follow based on your area. The homeowners association or city government may have policies regarding this so you should check it. You can peacefully keep these standard lengths if you control pests on your lawn. Make sure to watch out for pests such as snails, fleas, aphids, and too many grubs.
Weeds are also pests so you better watch out and remove them while they’re still sprouting. It’s easier to take care of the few small ones compared to dozens of bigger weeds.
5. Choose the right grass
Every lawn needs a type of grass that matches its soil. Aside from the soil, the type of grass you choose should also grow and survive in your region.
When the grasses are full-grown, you should occasionally reseed your lawn to cover patches that will make the grasses look thicker. It’ll also be a great help during the Summer seasons because the roots will be protected.
6. Give enough water
Avoid watering your lawn too often. Just do it once a week but water them deeply to reach the roots. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or evening. Of course, you should adjust the watering schedule depending on the season or weather.
7. Mulch from time to time
After mowing your lawn, you can skip throwing away the clipping and mulch them instead. Keep in mind that these clippings should all come from the grasses, and don’t include weeds. If they do, you’ll just have more problems controlling your weed problems. Another benefit of mulching is that it’ll help to protect grassroots during summer seasons.
8. Get to know your lawn
As the one who maintains your lawn, you should get to know all the parts of it. Treat it as part of your house because having a great lawn also increases the value of your overall property.
Now that you have enough knowledge on maintaining your lawn, you can now start planning, and share with us your experience!