Growing and maintaining a lawn is a part of home beautification. After all, homeowners are conscious of how a well-designed landscape can increase the curb appeal and raise the value of a residential property. It is often observed that within months of growing a lawn, it starts turning brown and gradually dries up. The ruinous state of your home lawn becomes more conspicuous if the grass on your neighbor’s side is fresh and greener.
Maintaining a lawn seems like a laborious task, but it is not provided you do it bit-by-bit and do not allow it to pile up. Besides, the plethora of gardening tools in the market eases lawn care tasks. Discussed are general maintenance tips you can squeeze into your busy schedule.
Water is essential to plant growth. Grass roots need adequate moisture to grow healthy and retain color. The climate dictates how often you should water the lawn. If your hometown enjoys humid and moist climate, watering should be made a weekly or biweekly routine. If you live in dry regions with high temperatures, water the grass at least 3-4 times a week.
Examining the condition of soil is one way to determine whether water supply is adequate, excess or less. Soupy soil is an indication of excess water supply while dry, flaky and cracked soil shows a water-deprived lawn. The soil should be firm and dark in color. In the warm summer months, you should water the grass more often. Early morning is the best time to water because the rate of evaporation is the lowest. New, reseeded patches must be misted at least 2-3 times a day. New patches are very sensitive and die soon if not looked after.
Fertilization supplies grass with the required nutrition and enables it to grow healthy and green. Water the crops lightly after the fertilizer has been sprayed. A lawn should be fertilized four times a year particularly in the first year.
Bald patches scattered here and there look ugly and untidy. You will have to reseed these areas. Seeding should be done during January or February or at the end of summer. It should not be done during winter. Another tip is to choose a grass variety reserved for your area and climatic conditions.
Like we do for our hair, the lawn needs to be trimmed regularly too. Cutting or mowing the grass gives it a full, rich appearance and enables it to retain its healthy dark green color. You should allow the lawn to grow to 3-4 inches before it has its first cut. Following this, trim it every 10-15 days. The grass cuttings can be left back in the soil. It will turn into compost and fertilize the grass further.
Weeds that grow along with the grass shoots destroy a lawn badly. They absorb the nutrients from the soil. To add their matted roots choke grass roots and stunt their growth. Weeding helps get rid of these unwanted weeds. Weeding is done manually. Many use a weed killer along with the fertilizer to prevent the growth of weeds. You can also use a weed eater. It is a garden care tool powered by an electric or gas motor.
In addition to seeding, watering, fertilizing, mowing and wedding, you should also aerate and dethatch the soil periodically.