If you have a lawn, you should strive to have an attractive lawn. What does it take to achieve this? In this article, we will cover all the necessary tools and techniques for homeowners to acquire and maintain a stunning lawn year round.
Location, Location, Location
Before you can start with the grooming process you have to consider your whereabouts. Where you live will determine what soil and grass you should use. In the northern areas of America, temperatures can be frigid and freezing. This is ideal for grasses like Bluegrass, Fine fescue, and Tall fescue. The southern areas of America are warmer and ideal for grasses like Bahia, Centipede, Common Bermuda, and Zoysia.
The 6 Facets To A Beautifully Thriving Lawn
1. Weed Control
First, analyze your lawn to see if you have any problem areas and if so strategize a plan of attack to eradicate them. If you have patches of dirt or large areas of weeds you will have to restore your lawn’s health. Spray the weeds with a premium weed killer. There are two types of weed killer:
1. Selective Weed Killer - used for small areas of weeds
2. Non-Selective Weed Killer - eradicates all plants so be careful where you spray
2. Soil Management
You have to take pride in your lawn and that means you have to put effort into it. Soil, in time, begins to will reduce in quality. Run a thatching rake across your lawn to remove dead grass and unwanted rubbish. You want your roots to benefit from the nutrients and water you feed them so you have to clear any hindrance. Next, aerate your lawn to loosen the soil and allow the roots to breathe.
3. Seeding (How & When)
Remember as mentioned above, you have to choose the best grass for your region and climate. When seeding you want to make sure to spread the seeds evenly over the lawn. When treating bare patches in your lawn you want to use the spot seeding technique. Prepare and soil the bare patch by placing the seed directly in the soil. Rake and pat the seeds into the soil then spread mulch or straw over it for protection. Lastly, keep the seeded area moist until you see new lawn growth.
4. Feeding Your Lawn
In order to properly feed your lawn, you have to figure out the square footage of your lawn so you’ll know how much fertilizer you’ll need. There are a lot of good lawn fertilizers out there but which one is best for you will depend on what type of lawn you’re growing. Make sure to spread the fertilizer correctly. you can find instructions on the fertilizer bag as to how and when to apply it.
5. Mowing Your Lawn
Do not mow wet grass or you can get clumps that could possibly choke your mower. Maintain your blades sharp for your yardwork. Alter your mowing schedule according to seasons with less mowing in the colder months.
6. Watering Your Lawn
Most water schedules are about an inch of water a week. Set up a timer on a timer and your all set.
This is a year-round endeavor so make sure you’re prepared to create and nurture the healthiest looking lawn possible for all four seasons with proper maintinence.