Who doesn’t want their lawn to look good all the time? The thing is, no matter how much work you put into beautifying your lawn, if you’re doing it wrong – it won’t work.
When all your efforts to keep a vibrant lawn don’t seem to work, don’t lose hope. Here are useful ways to help you maintain and bring out its lush beauty.
To help reverse compaction effects in your soil, aeration is key. It increases water and air circulation in the soil by opening up air pockets. Compacted soil is not good for grass development which can often result in weed infestation.
Oftentimes, the weather causes the soil to dry which makes it difficult for the water to go down deep enough. Getting a professional lawn maintenance company involved is a practical solution to ensure you need not worry about soil management, and for you to get some helpful advice about lawn care.
Aerate at least once a year to open and break up the soil for water intake, and make space for grass seeds.
- Water Deeply but Less Often
Turning the sprinkler on for a few minutes won’t really do much for your lawn. To have a healthier lawn, water your grass deeply and occasionally. If you water deeply and infrequently, the roots will grow deeper which makes the grass stay green even during hot conditions.
It’s recommended to water your grass once a week with about one inch of water. This amount will vary depending on your soil type, grass species, local weather conditions, etc. To know if you’re watering enough, use this simple test.
- Place a number of shallow containers all over your lawn then turn your sprinklers on.
- Keep the sprinkler on until you can see 1 inch of water inside a majority of your containers.
- If the depth of water inside the containers varies greatly, this explains why there are patches of dry grass in your lawn. In this case, you have to adjust your sprinkler heads accordingly.
It’s also important to remember not to over-water your grass. You will know when you need to water again when you touch the soil and you feel that the first 3-4 inches are dry.
- Practice Pest Control
A healthy lawn will be able to withstand insects. But if you have an infestation in your yard, you will need the help of a natural pest control expert. Below are other eco-friendly ways you can eliminate pests.
- Kelp Meal – has ingredients that can deter chinch bugs. It will also add beneficial organic nutrients to your lawn.
- Nematodes – these are good microscopic insects that can be used for a particular insect infestation in your lawn. They won’t harm your grass or any of the beneficial insects, and will only targets pesky bugs. Nematodes can be used on chinch bugs, sod webworms, white grubs, and crane fly larvae.
- White Dutch Clover – although many consider this a weed, it’s actually quite beneficial in small quantities. Spreading white Dutch clover seeds over your lawn can deter chinch bugs. Plus, it’s exceptionally hardy and low maintenance.
- Exercise Good Mowing Habits
Having good mowing habits contributes to the overall health of your grass. Mowing too low causes weed problems and strains your turf, especially in hot weather. During lawn mowing sessions, remember not to remove more than 1/3 of your grass blades.
It’s healthier to mow frequently and keep your grass longer than removing a large portion all at once. Furthermore, keep your lawn mower blades sharp to cut efficiently and prevent injury.
- Control Weeds
Different weeds indicate conditions that you need to improve in your lawn. Understanding which weeds are connected to these conditions can help determine your next step. Sometimes, it’ll be necessary for you to remove persistent weeds from the bud. And after removing them, don’t forget to place a topsoil of good quality and grass seeds to make sure that grass fills in the vacant area.
Fertilizing regularly ensures your lawn receives the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive and be healthy. A well-fertilized lawn can fight off weed infestations and tolerate certain insect infestations.
Synthetic fertilizers can give a huge chemical boost to your lawn, greens it up and encourages top growth. Unlike synthetic, organic fertilizers give a “slow-release feed” which is better for overall grass health.
With diligent lawn care and by following the tips above, you can have the healthy lawn you’ve always wanted.