A healthy grass lawn can be spotted a mile away and has a certain appeal. It oozes of sophistication and class, and this combination does not come by easy. Maintaining a lush lawn is all about being keen persistent and at times hiring professional help. Be the grass they say i.e. understand it. What it needs from conditions through to nutrient requirements.
There are some very basic tips to maintaining a lush lawn. A lawn your friends and neighbours will envy.
1. Timely weeding
Weeds in a lawn are like a smudge on an otherwise really beautiful wall. They ruin the effect of the grass and mess up the appeal.
Timely weeding is therefore quite important. It should be done regularly once the weeds sprout and way before they start producing seeds.
Uprooting should be used above any other method of weeding. This is because it gets rid of the root ensuring the weed cannot sprout again. Also, it is specific thus no damage is done to the grass. You can also grow good quality grass that it chokes out all weeds eventually.
2. Hedge trimming
A neat and well-trimmed hedge is a joy to see. Quite pleasing actually. However, to achieve this, it needs a bit of work to achieve that smart and elegant finish.
For starters, you have to get the right hedge trimmer. There is no size fit all for this. Some operate best with medium height hedges while some are meant for tall hedges.
For new hedges, trim early to establish shape and prevent unhealthy growth. Start shaping the hedge once its practical, ensuring that the bottom is wider than the top. This is so that the bottom can get enough light.
3. Lawn mowing
This if not any other is the ultimate tip to a beautiful lawn. Overgrown grass is a sight for sore eyes. Nothing is as displeasing as an overgrown lawn.
Therefore, ensure that your lawn mowing and maintenance occurs regularly. But there is a trick involved. Most people think that cutting the grass too low is better. This is a misconception. It only damages the grass and provides the required sunlight for weeds to sprout. When mowing, ensure that you just cut off a third of the grass. This way, you keep it healthy and ensure that it provides enough shade preventing the sprouting of weeds.
4. Water regularly
Yes, a lush lawn is a bit of work, but who does not love the grass of well-cut grass between his toes.
Well to have this feel constantly, water regularly, preferably weekly, to ensure that the grass has enough moisture content for proper growth. Water for a long period. This is to make sure the soil is well soaked and thus increase root penetration. The amount of watering depends on the type of soil. Sandy soil has higher drainage thus more watering, but loam soils have higher water retention capacity and thus less watering.
You need nutrients to grow, your pet needs food to grow, and as such, your lawn is not an exception.
For a quality lawn, you have to provide it with a solid meal. Twice a year, bare minimum. The NPK (nitrogen phosphate and potassium) that most people is not enough. Go for a holistic fertiliser that also has the micronutrients such as sulphur and copper etc. This way, your grass is well fed.
What? Yes, aeration. Well, it’s quite simple why this is important. Due to increased traffic on your lawn i.e. guests, children’s playground etc. the soil is constantly compacted. This reduces the air supply for the roots which is vital for healthy grass.
This is not an expensive undertaking. Very much like mowing. All you need is a spike aerator or a plug aerator, and you are good to go.
7. Proper dog training
So Tommy or Lucas or is Walt, your family dog has been doing his business all over the lawn. Well, that is a recipe for disaster. Why? This will result in yellow or brown patches of grass.
The patches are due to the nitrogen in the urine. “Hold up, but you said nitrogen is good for the grass.” Yes, I did, but the concentration in dog’s urine is too high and ends up damaging the grass. Don’t forget the cliché too much of anything is poisonous.
Train your dog to use only one spot preferably near the hedge and lay pebbles around that area.
8. Quarterly professional service
Well, I don’t know everything there is to know about lawn maintenance and as such, I need an expert in this field. So do you. Get professionals to do a quarterly check up on your lawn. They might spot a problem that you might have otherwise missed. Also, their advice is invaluable going by their experience.
9. Build up low spots
See those yellow spots on your lawn? Not those caused by Tommy (the family dog), the other ones. Well, this is as a result of the low amount of grass in the area. Grass can rot or suffocate due to stand still water and thus these will appear mostly after the rains.
They are quite easy to fix. Just spread some seeds and manure and after one or two weeks, voila!! New healthy grass.
10. Deter raccoons.
Okay, I love wild animals, and I understand they have to feed, but not on my lawn. Raccoons can cause a lot of damage to your lawn as they dig in search of worms.
To deter them, sprinkle moth crystals on your lawn. This is an irritant to the raccoons who have very sensitive noses.
Hope this helps you and all the best with your lawns. Tell us what your thoughts were on the article by leaving a comment, and if you liked it, please share.