Keeping a Healthy Lawn

Every beautiful backyard requires the tender loving care of the home owner. Simple steps such as proper pruning, watering, fertilizing and aerating are necessary to ensure a well-maintained lawn. You don’t have to make any extra effort to keep your lawn healthy. Understanding some basic techniques and good timing are helpful to lighten the burden.

The average lawn owner can spend about 4 hours weekly on his garden. What you may not realize initially is that having a healthy lawn has a worthwhile payback in the end. It may serve as your natural air-conditioner at home keeping it cool all the time.

Learn more about natural climate control in our previous post.

A good lawn provides a huge amount of oxygen and helps you get rid of dust and dirt. As a result, this makes your family healthy and strong. It can also be a good place to play your favourite backyard sport like croquet or lawn darts. It is also fun and exciting to see  a beautiful green and abundant lawn that may be used for picnics, parties and other summer escapades.

The Lawn Essentials

lawn mower cutting heightCutting Height

Maintaining a healthy lawn has a basic recipe to make it work. Cutting the grass to a specific height depends on the time of the year. A sharp blade should always be used. For cool-climate grass, a height of 4cm is required for the first mowing to eliminate dead grass and provide more sunlight to get into the grass’ crowns. Add double this during summer. When it is about the last cutting of the year, lower the blade to 4cm again.

For warm-climate grasses, the heights should be about 2cm lower. A sharp blade to cut your grass is necessary because using a dull one may tear the grass instead of cutting it nicely. Damaged grass is susceptible to disease. It may turn to yellow, require more watering and nutrients. Blade sharpening about three times a year is sufficient to maintain a good cutting edge. You have to ensure the right mowing height. To get the correct height, prune no more than 1/3 of the height of the grass at a time. The upper portion of the leafy grass can decompose easily, especially if you add nitrogen to your soil.

Watering

a couple of water sprinkling volumes are better than having many light sprinklings, especially at night. Use a timer to measure the length of time it takes to pour sufficient water on the grass. Deep watering ensures the roots underneath to easily develop and add to the subsurface water supplies while light sprinklings only wet the soil’s surface. Shallow root growth needs more watering. Watering your lawn early in the morning is the best time of day. It is when water pressure is usually high and less water is lost to evaporation. This also gives your lawn enough time to dry out before night time. Lawns that are wet overnight can be susceptible to disease brought by mould and other fungi.

hoseFertilizers & Weed Control

Good timing is everything. When using weed killers and fertilizers, consider several variables such as geographic location, the type of grass, weed type and soil variety. To prevent the weeds from growing, you need a thick, healthy lawn that will halt the unwanted weeds to get the right amount of sunlight or space to germinate on their own. Eliminate weeds in early spring or summer before they can have deep root systems, produce seeds or propagate.The best defence against weeds is having a healthy lawn that is both full and hard to attack. Pre-emergent herbicides drive away crabgrass and other grassy weeds before they can fully grow. Get rid of broad-leaf weeds when they are still very young through the use of herbicides sprayed directly on the leaves. A poorly maintained lawn has lots of open space for weeds to grow.

Aerating Your Lawn

Aeration allows your lawn to breathe. Grass roots require oxygen, water and nutrients to survive. Aerating is the process of eliminating small plugs of soil which provides multiple benefits in return. It enhances air-to- soil interaction. It helps water and fertilizer to reach the soil deeper and easier. Soil compaction is minimized and helps provide open space for the root’s growth.

Aerating should be best carried out during springtime. This should be followed by the application of weed killers so the open holes are safeguarded from weeds. For the basic tools and materials, you need to have a lawnmower, where cutting height can be adjusted, lawn sprinkler, blade sharpening device, and gas-powered aerator.

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be walking barefoot on your lovely and soft lawn in no time, without a bindi in sight! Got any lawn care tips of your own? Send us a tweet!

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