5 Lawn Care Tips for Beginners
If you just moved into a home with a lawn and have never cared for one, starting might be daunting. The lawn is the first thing your family and friends will see, and a lush, vibrant garden is what you want them to marvel at. However, not to worry, as taking care of a lawn is not as difficult as most people make it seem to be. Below is a guide specifically for you to keep that lawn looking green and healthy:
Mowing a lawn has a whole lot more than meets the eye. It is not just ‘cutting grass.’ The first thing you want to ensure is that your lawn mower’s blades are sharp. Blunt blades tear the grass, leading to unsightly yellow tips. If you see yellow ends on your turf, you need to take the mower to a professional for sharpening.
If you still do not have a mower and you wish to get one, we would suggest checking out some local lawnmower reviews. There are lots of types of mowers, and finding the right one for your needs will take a little bit of research.
Again, you want to mow the grass at the right height. Cutting too short causes damage and stress, and leaves your lawn looking hacked and unpleasant. Always cut at least a third of your grass’ height, and keep the grass at least 2” long. Mow your lawn only when the grass is dry, as wet grass is weighed down by moisture, which makes it difficult to cut correctly.
While the sun, water, and nature provide your grass with what it needs to survive, you want your lawn to do more than survive. Fertilizers provide your grass with an extra boost of nutrients and minerals that help it thrive and look healthy. To determine the best fertilizer for your lawn, carry out a soil pH test; if the soil is too acidic, choose a basic fertilizer, and vice versa. In addition to the right pH, fertilize only when it is needed; in the spring/summer for cool weather grasses, and in the autumn/winter for warm weather grasses.
It’s important to apply the right amount of fertilizer or you could harm your lawn. Consider purchasing a high-quality spreader to help make the process easier – here are some good options.
You should also consider compost and other organic options. These are less harmful than synthetic fertilizers and enrich your soil much better.
Watering the lawn
The best way to water the lawn is to ensure that you achieve a balance to avoid making your grass thirsty or flooded. Water deeply to ensure the water goes deep to the root zone, and only once or twice a week to prevent over-saturating your lawn. Oversaturation predisposes the grass to fungal diseases. Again, water your lawn early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce water loss due to evaporation.
Human traffic and other activity on your lawn cause the soil to get compacted, thus limiting the access of nutrients, water, and air to the grass roots. Aeration entails removing plugs of soil from your lawn to reduce compactness and introduce air into the ground. This operation also reduces thatch, which suffocates your grass. You only need to aerate your soil twice a year when the soil is moist.
Overseeding helps to reintroduce grass to the bald areas in your lawn. Select a robust grass variety, then prep the land and spread the seed.
Caring for your lawn may seem like plenty of work, but with consistency and patience, you will have the best-looking lawn on your block. If you would rather leave the maintenance to a pro and live in Christchurch, you can hire MarksDIY.