While many of you who are reading this article are probably DIYers and are interested in learning how to take care of your lawn properly, the most important thing you need to know is that DIY lawn care is very different from other DIY tasks around the house. That's because your lawn and landscape are the only living things you bought when you bought your house, and you, therefore, need to approach them a little bit differently than other tasks in your home. Lawn care is probably the only task around the house that requires weekly maintenance to keep it looking good.
Our main goal today is to encourage you to take the next step when it comes to lawn care and having a beautiful lush green lawn. If you follow our eight simple tips below, you'll see that maintaining a beautiful garden is not as hard as you might think.
To get you started, let's take a look at the main eight tips that will help you maintain a great-looking, lush green lawn all summer long.
One of the most important things when it comes to maintaining a healthy lawn is frequent and regular mowing. When you mow your lawn regularly, you encourage its roots to grow strong and dense, making for a thicker, lush lawn.
Depending on your grass type, frequent mowing can also encourage your lawn to spread wider and grow thicker.
If you're up for the challenge, you can take on mowing twice a week, where you can fit in a faster mow on a weekday, and enjoy a longer mow and full maintenance during the weekend.
Make sure to follow the one-third rule, which implies removing no more than one-third of the length of the grass in a single mow. Choose the right height setting for your particular grass type, and when in doubt, pick the highest setting of the mower.
We also recommend you mulch grass clippings so that you can return nutrients and carbon into your soil.
Another critical factor in having a beautiful garden is choosing the right type of grass that works best for your climate and your particular needs.
While some varieties of grass have a more beautiful green colour and are denser than others, that shouldn't be the only factor you consider when deciding which grass type to choose. The main thing you need to consider when selecting the appropriate grass is your climate, the amount of sun exposure, lawn "traffic" or wear and tear, the size of your site and most of all the amount of time you have available to tend to your garden.
That last factor may be the determining one when it comes to choosing the right type of grass since not all kinds require the same amount of care and maintenance. If time is a significant factor for you, we advise you to go with a type that requires less input and care, such as Bermuda grass, fescue and so on.
The next step to maintaining a beautiful lawn includes choosing the right fertiliser and feeding your lawn.
We recommend choosing an organic fertiliser, which is not only better for your lawn, but the environment as well. Going with an organic fertiliser will get you the results you want while protecting your lawn from burns and unnecessary chemicals.
Before you buy fertiliser, you'll first need to measure the size of your lawn so you can determine how many bags of fertiliser you'll need. Once you've taken care of that step, you can go ahead and start applying the fertiliser. For this step, what you're going to need is a fertiliser spreader, which you can get for $20-$100 at your local hardware store, depending on the quality.
Set your spreader to one-third open, fill it up with fertiliser to a comfortable level, so it doesn't spill out and go and apply it across the lawn. Make sure to spread the right amount of fertiliser, following the instructions on the bag and adjust the settings on the spreader as you see fits, so you can successfully cover the whole lawn. It's just that simple.
There are a couple of different ways that you can go about weed control.
The first step to controlling weeds is, of course, getting the right weed killer that's suitable for your grass. There are a lot of effective weed killers that you can purchase at your local hardware store or online, however, if you do not want to use store-bought chemical weed killers, there are a few natural ways that you can go with as well.
If you're looking for a practical yet natural weed killer, you can go with a mixture of:
Half a gallon of vinegar + half a cup of salt, or
Two parts vinegar + one part water + a few drops of dish soap
Make sure to spray the solution directly on the weeds, avoiding surrounding grass and plants. Apply the solution in the early morning on a hot, sunny day so you can speed up the whole process.
While most of you are probably used to watering your lawn at night, after work, or once the sun is out if you want to do what's best for your lawn, this will be the first routine you'll have to change. While night-time watering seems to work best for most, that's not the case with your lawn.
When you water at night, you let your lawn soak in water during the entire night, making it a perfect ground for bacteria, and other diseases to form and destroy your lawn. That's why the best time to water your garden is in the early morning before it gets too hot to stay in the sun, so the water doesn't evaporate and you don't risk getting a heatstroke.
Another thing to be mindful of is not to over water your grass. Over watering can both damage your lawn and be very wasteful.
While providing adequate moisture is an essential component in maintaining a healthy lawn, over watering is proving to be a bigger problem than not providing enough water. A healthy lawn that's adequately taken care of needs far less water than most think. That's why many choose not to water any turf on winter seasons. This allows the roots to grow deeper and stronger, which makes for thicker and stronger grass.
An important part in keeping your lawn healthy and green is dealing with the naturally occurring layer of dead grass on top of the soil that's also known as thatch. Taking care of the layer of thatch will help you open up the soil to more nutrients, water and sunlight so its roots can grow stronger.
While thatch can also be beneficial to your lawn, anything above 2 cm is counterproductive and can damage your lawn. That's why once the thickness of the thatch surpasses 2 cm, you should consider de-thatching your yard.
You can do this by using a rake to penetrate the thatch deeply, loosen it and remove it. You can also use a dethatcher or lawn scarifier, especially if you have a more massive lawn that's difficult to go through using a rake.
When you don't tend to your garden regularly and maintain it properly, it becomes more susceptible to pests, which can damage it and cause additional problems as well.
Pests often use the opportunity to invade lawns which are in poor condition. They suck the nutrients from the soil, destroy the roots of the grass and with it eventually kill your lawn. To prevent that from happening, you need to make sure your soil has adequate nutrient levels and is well maintained and taken care of.
Aside from taking proper care of your lawn, there are a few natural ways to get rid of pests if they were to invade your garden.
The best way to achieve that is by preparing and applying natural pesticide, which will help keep pests off your lawn for good.
Make a mixture of one cup of water, one tsp. of vegetable oil and one tsp. of liquid dish soap, and use a spray bottle to spray the insecticide on areas of your lawn which are affected by pests. Leave the solution on for a couple of hours and rinse the grass with water. Repeat this process for a few days, and you should see the results in no time.
If you incorporate these few simple tips and tend to your lawn regularly, you too can have a green and luscious grass throughout the year.