The summer months makes you worry about maintaining a green, lush lawn and the sight of dry patches appearing in summer bothers you a lot. Worry no more because there is a lot that you can do by yourself.
Fill in low-lying areas
Not all yellow spots on lawns are caused by pests or fungi. Some are merely low spots which appear right after the rain. It’s a spot that rots because of water that has collected in it. You can buy compost and fill that low-lying area with it until it reaches the same level as the rest of your lawn. You will notice that after a few weeks, new grass has grown on those unsightly spots.
Use grass cuttings as fertilizer
Whenever you mow the lawn, try to make use of the grass cuttings as a natural fertilizer. It is good if you have the type of mower that cuts grass, leaving the trimmings behind. This helps you save money on lawn fertilizer. Also, you won’t be treating your grass with all those harmful chemicals.
Aerate at least once a year
Aerating the lawn is also vital to keep it healthy year-round. However, overdoing it is downright impractical. Keep track of aerating schedules. On the average, a healthy lawn only needs aerating once a year. This is enough to boost breathability.
Aeration should also be done while considering the type of grass you have. Some varieties need it at the start of the growing period. One rule of thumb is to do it on months when the soil is very moist, usually during spring. Since grass grows faster during this time, your lawn will recover easily after the aeration process.
Apply a DIY fertilizer
Buying fertilizers can hurt your budget especially if you have to treat a spacious lawn. You can make your own fertilizer using ingredients, many of which can be found in your home. This homemade tonic for your lawn is enough to keep your grass healthy.
All you need are a can of beer, a can of soda, a cup of ammonia, a cup of dishwashing liquid, a cup of corn syrup, and lastly, half a cup of mouth rinse.
Mix all these liquid ingredients in an adequately-sized hose-end spray container. Apply the mixture to your lawn and repeat after three weeks. Don’t forget to water the lawn after applying the mixture. After a few repetitions, you will notice a healthier lawn which requires less watering.
Soda, beer and corn syrup help promote lusher lawn because they stimulate healthy microbes. Soap helps bind the mixture onto the grass while the mouth rinse contains alcohol that helps keep some pests out.
When you see tiny holes in your lawn or big patches with sod rolled up, it is very likely that you have unwanted “visitors” frequenting your lawn at night. Raccoons and skunks love to dig for worms and insects and your lawn is one of the best spots they’d like to dig into in search of a meal.
Think before obtaining pest control services. Some might offer you costly solutions such as installing an electric fence, building a trap, or applying insecticide to eliminate grubs that attract pests.
There is a less expensive solution to this problem. Simply purchase moth crystals and sprinkle a handful on the lawn. Raccoons can’t stand their strong odor since they have very strong sense of smell. Always put a cover on your garbage cans and keep them tightly closed. That way, raccoons won’t be drawn to your property.
These tips can do wonders for your lawn no matter the season. Practice these steps to keep your lawn as lush and green as it should be.