If you are a homeowner, chances are you have some patches of lawn around
your home. Here are some tips for maintaining and improving that lawn space
so it stays beautiful year after year:
Aerating might be the single most important thing to do to your lawn to promote its health.This is why golf courses do it 2 to 4 times a year.It allows water ,fertilizer , and oxygen to reach the root syestem.It also breaks up the roots to allow better growth .
A most critical element in the care of your lawn is proper watering. Not
just the amount of water but how often you water makes a big difference in
the health and appearance of your lawn. Mother Nature takes care of lawn
watering for some of the year, but in many areas of the country, you may not
be able to rely on Mother Nature for much of your water. That’s why you will
need to create a smart watering schedule. To make it even easier, install an
underground sprinkler system that pops up at certain times of the week to
water for a certain amount of time. An automatic water sprinkler system like
this can save you a ton of time and money and insure that your lawn is
always in tip top shape.But it can be costly.If not an old fashion sprinkler like I use will work too.
Do make sure to time your watering so that you give your lawn a deep soak.
If you don’t allow the water to soak long enough, you will only water the
surface, which won’t be as healthy for your lawn. Most lawns will have
optimal growing conditions if they receive about 1 or 2 inches of water per
week.After last year i think we all know now how important watering is.
Timing your lawn watering is also important. Most lawn care experts say you
should water your lawn in the early morning, before the sun rises. This is
due to a number of reasons. First, the weather is usually calm during the
early morning hours, with little wind or precipitation typical during this
time. Next, this is a likely time when few people are out and about and your
watering will be less likely to bother any people. In addition, evaporation
is low during early morning hours and the dew that typically forms on blades
of grass will wash away disease spores that may be around.
Fertilizing is important for some types of lawns. Most lawns need
fertilization at least once a year to stay healthy. However, if you
fertilize more often, even up to 5 times a year, your lawn will become more
lush and thick. There are many different fertilizers available for your
lawn, be sure to select the right fertilizer for your type of grass and
always follow the directions on the bag carefully.
The best time of the year to fertilize your lawn is the spring if you have
warm seasonal grass. The opposite is true if you have cool season grass, the
best time for fertilizing those are during the fall.
Proper mowing is also important for maintaining a healthy lawn. Be sure to
never cut more than 1/3 of the grass length. Also, most people mow their
grass at least every month. Its good to not mow your lawn too often, as
cutting puts stress on the lawn.
Lastly, when mowing, consider removing the bag and letting the grass blades
fall onto your lawn (also known as mulching). The grass will be beneficial to your lawn, providing essential minerals while it decomposes. It is also more friendly to the
environment, cutting down on waste in the landfill.