Many homes come with a green turf that is why a great deal of homeowners are eager to know about lawn care. There are those who could easily hire someone to do the lawn jobs for them but there are those who happily do the work on their very own yard.
If you feel like doing your own lawn care, here are some of the simple tips you could try to make the grass greener:
- Basics are Essential
You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to keep your lawn green and healthy. You just need to remember that it requires specific moisture, soil and sun to grow. If you can determine the best habitat for your turf grass, you are on your way to maintaining a healthy lawn. If you want to save money on taking care of a lawn, doing a commercial soil test every now and then will help you understand the needs of the soil where the grass is planted. This way, you will only do the work that needs to be done in that precise instant.
Water is also essential. However, you should take note of watering done the right way. Yes! There’s a right way of nourishing your lawn with water. Too much, you will drown the grass while too little will dehydrate it. Experts of lawn care highly suggest that you water the grass only occasionally but deeply. This means you don’t have to water every day. Once the topsoil is dry, that’s your cue to do another round of nourishing through water. Ideally, 6 to 8 inches of soil should be moistened. You can adjust this depending on the climate. How to find out the amount of moisture in the soil? Use a rain gauge. If you have some extra money, you can invest on rain sensors which automatically measure the amount of rainfall and set your sprinklers to work.
Many lawn owners make the mistake of cutting the grass too short when mowing thinking that this method would make the turf healthier. This is one misconception you must know about. On the contrary, shorter grass can cause you time and money. Why? It has been proven that taller grass actually needs less water than short ones. In addition, moisture in the soil is retained longer if the grass is taller. As a result, weed seeds cannot germinate as much. Therefore, you don’t have to mow lawns often. Once the grass reaches three inches or higher, that’s the only time you may want to get the mowers or clippers out and work, work, work. At the same time, weed out all other spurs that competes for the soil’s nutrients and moisture.
Don’t focus on feeding the grass. Instead, your mantra should be ‘nourish the soil.’ Again, if the soil is healthy, it will contain more nutrients that will in turn make the lawn healthy. What many do these days is that after mowing the grass, they leave out the cut blades on the lawn to decompose. This is what you should do. It’s basic science. Decomposition keeps the soil healthy. It will also allow you to save some money from buying more fertilizer. Also, you might want to shift from synthetic fertilizer to compost. The latter is more organic and can be absorbed by the soil faster.
Doing your own lawn care isn’t such a hard endeavour. These basic tips, once you’ve mastered them, will definitely help you achieve the perfect lawn.