Everyone wants a well-maintained lawn and one of the smarter ways to achieve it is to become aware of practical solutions to lawn issues and best practices.
Here are 10 practical steps to having a well-maintained lawn.
A great lawn is not only beautiful to look at. It helps clear the air you breathe so maintain it well for you to live well.
Replace dead spots with new grass
It’s good to cover a dead spot with new grass but make sure you are replacing it using those with the same texture and color as the existing ones. If you’re not sure what type of grass it is, get a small clump and show it to your favorite nursery.
Fix damaged spots immediately
If you have discovered a small damaged portion of the lawn, cut out a portion (about 2 feet square will do) with the bare portion in one edge. Using a garden spade, cut at the roots, lift it using a small shovel, and then rotate so the bare spot is repositioned in the opposite side. Gently press on the patch with your foot to help keep it in place.
Rid your lawn of dead grass. Introduce compost to the soil. Rake it smoothly at levels a little bit above the rest of the lawn. Plant sod and tamp it with the back end of the rake so the seed or root is pressed firmly onto the soil.
Do soil testing
Know which type of nutrients would benefit the soil. Soil testing is inexpensive and it’s a tool that will help you determine its current pH. A high pH means the soil contains unhealthy sodium content. This has a negative effect on the proper growth of grass and plants on your lawn.
Practice proper lawn mowing
A lawn that has turned brownish doesn’t necessarily mean it was damaged by the sun’s scorching heat or there isn’t enough moisture. Sometimes, the way you mow your lawn is the culprit. When mowing, cut only one-third of the length of the blade. Try adjusting your mower to achieve this.
Trim tree branches
Some parts of your lawn may have fungi. Usually, sections with a fungal disease are those directly under a shade. Cut branches from trees that offer too much shade. Notice that in a few weeks, the grass below it will return to a healthier color.
Take extra care of new grass
Sprinkle grass that is newly planted more often to keep it from losing much-needed moisture. Gather some wheat straw and use this as a protective layer for moisture retention as well as unexpected downpours.
Get rid of troublesome weeds
The most common enemy of a healthy grass is Crabgrass. These weeds are tenacious and they keep growing year-round. The best and most practical way to keep them at bay is to simply maintain a healthy lawn. It takes more effort to get rid of this weed than to grow a healthy lawn that resists crabgrass attack.
Know when it’s best to start mowing
If you want thicker, healthier lawn, mow it as soon as the newly planted grass starts growing. This will encourage faster sprouting. It will also help the grass to thicken. A grass height of about 5 cm is an indication that you can start mowing. Adjust the blade of your mower to 3 cm.
Seek opinion about renovation or repair
Landscaping experts embarking on a lawn renovation project are guided by the 50/50 rule. If they discover that more than 50 percent of the lawn is damaged by weeds, dead or dry patches, invasive grasses and other issues, it is usually recommended to just fully renovate rather than do sectional repairs.