There is nothing better during the summer months than walking barefoot on a lush carpet of beautiful, green grass. Every homeowner desires that perfect lawn of thick and even grass in the perfect shade of green. A lawn that is free of weeds and the envy of the neighborhood. It’s not as difficult to achieve as one may think. It is as simple as following a few steps. Here are 10 easy lawn care tips to get that beautiful yard of grass.
#1. Water the Lawn Properly
Watering the lawn frequently at short periods of time can actually create a shallow root system in the yard. It is important to have a deep root system for optimal grass growth and also to help prevent the growth of weeds. It is therefore recommended that you water the lawn less frequently but for longer periods of time. This will promote a healthy and deeper root system.
Mulching the yard can be very beneficial to its health. You can do this by either using a mulching mower or by purchasing a mulching blade for the existing mower. This will cut the blades of grass down into several tiny pieces and distribute it over the yard. This fine layer will add nutrients to the soil and help retain water.
#3. Feed that Lawn
Make sure to fertilize the lawn each year. While most people tend to think that it should be fertilized in the spring, it has been found that fertilizing the lawn in the autumn, while the grass has stopped growing yet is still green, is the optimal time for fertilization. It is during this time that the grass will take up the nitrogen it needs for healthy growth in the spring.
#4. Give it Just the Right Cut
The first mowing of the season should not be done until the grass has reached a length of 2 to 3 inches. This helps the grass to recover after the long winter. It should then be cut to the same length thereafter. Keeping the grass a little longer helps the lawn to shade the root system and discourages weeds from growing.
#5. Give the Lawn Some Breathing Space
Over time the lawn can become quite compacted due to heavy rain, and foot traffic. A yard that has become compacted will begin to look unsightly. Water cannot penetrate as easily to the roots through compacted soil. The soil also needs to be loosened so that oxygen can reach the plant roots. This is why it is important to aerate your yard.
#6. Alternate Patterns
Mowing the lawn in the same direction and pattern every time you cut the grass can cause ruts from the mower. It also keeps the grass always growing in one direction. It is important to switch the routine up and change direction or pattern each time you mow the lawn.
#7. Don’t Mow a Wet Lawn
Mowing a wet lawn is not only a messy job but is also a bad idea for the yard. When mowing a wet lawn, you will leave behind clumps and mounds of wet grass clippings behind. These then sit on the healthy freshly cut grass. This cuts off oxygen and necessary water that the grass needs.
#8. Topdress the Lawn
Spreading a thin layer of screened compost over the yard will help the soil to get the nutrients from bacteria, organisms, and fungi that it needs to be healthy. Over time the ground can lose a lot of these nutrients.
#9. Keep That Lawnmower Sharp
It is important to make sure that you keep those lawn mower blades sharp. Cutting grass with dull mower blades will chew up the tips of the grass blades. This causes the grass to become brown and unhealthy looking. This can eventually lead to disease. Sharpening the mower blades is as easy as a few simple steps.
#10. Keep it Clean
Everyone knows that during the end of autumn one should rake up all those pesky leaves from the yard before winter. But what some may not know is that in the spring the lawn also needs a good and deep raking. There may also be pine needles, dried grass, and other debris that is easily overlooked. Doing deep raking to the yard will allow for more breathing space to the grass as well as better water absorption.