Lawn Care Tips for a Greener, Thicker, Healthier Lawn
Sadly, there is no magic spell cast that can guarantee a healthy, green lawn, but there are a few easy steps you can take to give your lawn the best chance of thriving.
We have noted a few of the crucial areas that will give your lawn the best chance of being thick, green and healthy these coming seasons.
Keep Weeds Away
One of the biggest causes of a bad looking lawn is down to weeds, and they can grow all year round and are hardy survivors.
Having weeds flourishing in the middle of your lawn is not just unsightly but can cause further damage.
All plants and fauna are competing for sunlight and water, the two elements that help most things grow.
Weeds are well known for taking control of their area by having larger leaves that cover your grass and hamper the chances of the lawn growing evenly across the garden.
Use an organic method to eliminate your weeds from surrounding borders such as mulch, vinegar, boiling water or saltwater.
Keeping your borders weed free is a big step to removing them from your lawn too.
Be Proactive in Autumn
As many of us only use our garden in the summertime, we often leave preparing the lawn until spring, thinking this is enough time to get it right.
It is much easier to do a little work all year-round than try to achieve everything in the space of two months.
Although your lawn and garden appear to hibernate in the winter, it is vital to take steps to prepare your lawn for the winter months.
Letting the lawn grow a little longer in the cold seasons will allow the grass to absorb more sunlight, which is limited in colder times.
Many weeds germinate throughout the winter so continue to check and remove any that you see. Address any bare patches in the lawn by re-seeding as you don’t want your bare spots to grow.
Try to keep lawn traffic to a minimum and remove any debris, including kids’ toys, garden furniture, and dead foliage.
Re-seed as Needed
When removing weeds, you are leaving a small space with no grass, and these bare patches will accumulate if you don’t act to prevent them.
Re-seed in spring and autumn to keep the lawn uniform, and this will also slow the rate your weeds will grow.
Check with your local garden center to find the best varieties for the climate you live in and use a seed thrower to ensure an even spread of seeds.
Grass seeds like a moist soil to germinate before they start to shoot, keep the lawn damp without overwatering.
Birds may be tempted to eat your seeds but if you spread enough around this shouldn’t be an issue.
You can cover the area with wire fencing to stop birds eating the seed, but this is not always necessary.
One of the most satisfying aspects of owning (and growing) a lawn comes straight after you have mowed it – that enticing freshness of freshly cut grass.
The best advice when mowing is to mow regularly but cut a little. In the summer you should cut lower to the ground as having long grass can soon turn dry and brittle, making it look unkempt.
Throughout the winter and colder months, you should mow whenever the chance occurs in between rainfalls, keep it longer in the winter to give the grass a chance to catch the light and flourish.
Your mower blades should be kept sharp and clean before each mow so you have clean cut grass rather than chopped edges which will stump their growth.
General rule gardeners follow is to cut 1/3 of the length off each time you mow, doing this regularly will help your lawn stay green, thick and healthy.
Watering lawns is a contentious issue as we continue to use water, somewhat unnecessarily.
Set up water recuperators to catch any water from gutters and drainpipes and use this when possible to water the lawn.
Never water the lawn in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest as you may scorch the grass, try and water early in the day or as the sun is setting to give the water a chance to reach the roots of the grass before evaporating.
The trick to achieving a lush lawn is to water enough so the grass can drink and thrive but not so much as to create puddles as this will hamper the growth.
All the tasks we mentioned above are not time-consuming or hard to do.
Remember when it comes to lawn maintenance one of the keys is to do little, but do it often as keeping on top of troublesome issues is the best way to having a lawn you want to play and relax on when the weather is just right.