How To Take Proper Care Of Your Lawn

Having a luscious-looking lawn requires some dedication and maintenance to ensure that it looks good and remains healthy for as long as possible.

If you are starting to take an interest in how your lawn looks but are unsure of how to achieve this goal, then the following guidelines will help.

Not only will you be able to start taking better care of your lawn, but you will also be able to find signs of issues before they take root and deal with them accordingly.

1. Mow Properly

If you already have grass planted in your yard, but it is not growing properly for some reason, it may be because of your mowing habits. Most people mistakenly remove a considerable length when they mow their lawns, not realizing that this causes more harm than good.

When mowing, you should make sure to keep your grass length at six to eight centimeters. Any shorter than that will actually negatively affect your grass because it will allow for weeds and pests to invade your garden.

To ensure that you do not mow too many times, you should not set a specific schedule but rather mow based on the growth of the grass. This tip is quite helpful since the growth rate will differ according to the seasons and weather conditions.

So, while you may need to mow more during the warmer seasons, in winter and fall you should not be mowing as frequently.

2. Use Fertilizers

Fertilizers are a great way to ensure that your soil has proper nutrients to promote the growth of plants in your yard. There are different fertilizers you can buy to enrich your soil. You can also make your own compost using organic waste including fruit and vegetable waste which decomposes.

If your soil lacks a certain nutrient that is affecting how your lawn looks, then you can find nutrient-specific fertilizers that can help you with that issue. If you are unsure how much a certain nutrient is found in fertilizer, you can use lawnphix calculators to understand exactly how much your soil is actually going to be getting.

This can aid you when trying to find the right fertilizer to buy, and how effective it is going to be for the area you are using it on.

3. Get Rid of Weeds

Weeds take water and nutrients meant for your plants from the soil. To ensure that you have a thriving yard, you need to get rid of any kind of weed that grows there. Weeds are tenacious and are very hard to avoid if you do not take the proper precautions.

To ensure that weeds do not have space to grow, you should ensure that there are no patchy areas in your yard. Patchiness allows for weeds to slowly but surely take over the space meant for your plants and grass.

If you already have unwanted plants growing around, then you should consider using a herbicide. Remember that the herbicide you use needs to be low in toxicity and sprayed directly on the weeds to ensure that your grass is not affected.

However, if weeds are not abundant, you can also remove them by hand to ensure that your grass is not affected by any chemicals.

4. Check for Pests

Pests can infest your lawn if you are not careful which, in turn, will affect how your lawn looks. Pests including insects and snails will feed on your plants and grass. This will lead to your plants looking bad or even their death in some cases.

To avoid such an issue, you need to use a pesticide. If you are unsure how to use a pesticide without negatively impacting your soil and plants, you should get a professional to come in and apply the pesticide for you.

Just remember that if you have pets or children that frequent your yard, they should be kept away until the pesticide wears off to avoid being exposed to the toxins in it.

5. Aerate the Soil

Soil is the main source of nutrients and water for your lawn. Sometimes, the soil becomes too compact and does not allow any kind of water or nutrients to reach the plants. To ensure that this does not occur, you should aerate your soil.

Basically, aerating the soil means making holes at various intervals over the area to ensure that air is let in. This increases water absorption, which will also help you prevent moss from growing over your yard.

Aerating the soil is not something that needs to be done frequently but, if not done when required, can affect how well your plants are doing. If there is a certain patch in your yard that is not doing well, then you should consider aerating your soil.

6. Water Correctly

Surprisingly, many people mess up when trying to water their lawns. Some people overwater the area, while others do not water the lawn enough. To ascertain that you are watering your grass properly, you should keep in mind how dry your soil is as well as the weather conditions.

In a drier climate, you will need to water your grass more frequently so that the grass does not change colors or lose its spring. It is advisable to water your plants very early in the morning when there is more humidity and a little wind to help the water reach the entire area.

Overwatering your grass will increase the risk of moss growing which will ruin the look you are going for. Keeping track of how wet your soil is will be extremely helpful when trying to determine whether you need to give your grass more water or not.

Plants are living things that require care and effort. The more effort you put into maintaining your lawn, the better-looking and healthier it will be. By following the above-mentioned guidelines, you will find yourself the proud owner of a green, healthy lawn that will be the envy of anyone out there.

Remember to constantly monitor your yard for any issues cropping up and give it the attention it deserves, so that it flourishes around you.

Russell Jones

VP of Operations @ Phyxter and Home Improvement Specialist

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