A lush green lawn surrounding your home not only adds aesthetic appeal, but it also provides a nice comfy place to lounge and play hooky on those lazy summer days. Combine this with the fact that a well-manicured lawn can potentially increase the value of your home, and you’ve got yourself a few great reasons to start working harder to grow a lawn that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
While your neighbors toil away on their days off trying to revive their sickly-looking lawns, you can kick back and admire your lush green sea of grass. Not only is it possible, it’s also very easy to keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. All it takes is a few essential steps to get the ball rolling.
Your lawn must get enough water for maximum health and proper growth. Although you may be tempted to give your lawn a light watering every few days, landscaping experts agree that grass thrives best when it receives an inch of water roughly once a week. These infrequent, heavy waterings help soak the soil deeper, which encourages the grass roots to push themselves further into the soil.
The deeper the roots are, the better they will be able to access water below ground – even during harsh dry spells. An extra tip: water your lawn during the early morning hours since there will be less moisture loss due to evaporation.
Grass, like all organisms, must have the proper nutrients to thrive. Spreading a gentle, natural fertilizer across your lawn can help the grass get the nutrients it needs. Generally, the best times to fertilize your lawn are at the beginning of spring, summer, and fall.
Over time, the soil in your lawn will become compacted. This will make it difficult for oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Aerating your lawn involves poking holes in the soil or removing small plugs of soil from your lawn.
You can easily accomplish this task with a manual or motorized aerator. These holes make it much easier for oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach below the surface of your soil to the roots of your grass. The result? A greener, healthier lawn that will make you proud.
Mowing is a common yard chore many homeowners despise. However, it’s a necessary one, unless you want your lawn to resemble an unruly overgrown field. Although it may be tempting to whack away as much grass as you can to keep from mowing less, refrain from this practice at all costs.
Opt instead to cut your grass a little more often, but keep the grass at least three inches tall. Taller lawns help retain more moisture in the soil than scalped grass, which will help keep precious moisture right near the roots of the grass.
A few simple actions each season can help you protect your lawn year after year. When you properly care for your grass, your reward will be a stunning outdoor carpet that will take the neighbors’ breath away.