Unless you’re one of those lucky homeowners with a green thumb, keeping your lawn looking its best can be a bit of a challenge. But with the right tips and advice, it’s definitely doable! Here are some of our top tips for achieving a lush, green lawn all season long. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Remove Debris
The first step to keeping your lawn healthy is removing any debris that might keep nutrients away from your grass. Leaves, sticks and pine needles are the most common culprits, but don’t forget old mulch! Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to rake up leaves in the fall before they begin blocking sunlight. As for pine needles and sticks, carefully pick them up with a pair of garden shears or pruning snips to avoid tearing up the grass too much. And remember: if at all possible, try not to leave piles of this stuff lying around near your garden – a single day’s worth of yard waste can take weeks to break down naturally! For more information on garden care please visit Jim’s Mowing.
2. Water Well
Nobody likes a yellow lawn, but over-watering is almost as bad. Be sure to water your lawn enough to keep it a rich green color – not so much that the grass begins growing too quickly. When you do water your lawn, try watering at night when it’s cooler outside, and never leave your hose running while you’re on vacation or away from home for an extended period of time. And if possible, use rain barrels or a rain gutter to collect rainfall in order to reuse on your yard!
3. Fertilize Regularly
A common mistake many homeowners make once their turf is established is failing to fertilize “enough.” Grass needs certain nutrients in order to stay healthy and green, so be sure to check with a local garden store to determine what kind of fertilizer is best suited for your lawn. To make sure you’re using the right application rate, check out the instructions listed on the bag of fertilizer.
4. Be Thorough
Even if you do everything else perfectly, completing each step thoroughly will lead to healthy, green grass every time! Make sure you water all sections of your yard – not just those that are closest to your garden hose or sprinkler system. And remember: keep track of how often you’re fertilizing, watering and mowing so it becomes old hat after a while. After all, these are just part of being a great lawn caretaker!
5. Mow Wisely
Nobody wants to look out their window and see a yard filled with grass lying on the ground! Whenever you’re mowing your lawn, make sure you saunter around it at least three times. First, start by slicing off any tall leaves that begin rising above the rest of the grass. Then, move on to cutting the entire length of your yard in one direction before coming back and mowing it in reverse. This will get rid of all those pesky clippings while also making sure every inch of grass gets nice and healthy!
6. Weed Like You Mean It
Weeds may be unsightly, but they can definitely cause damage to your lawn if left unchecked. Using a post-emergent weed killer is one of the easiest ways to rid yourself of these unwanted weeds, but be sure you’re using it properly! Depending on what kind of grass you have, different types of weed killers are necessary. For instance, most Kentucky Bluegrass lawns only require a pre-emergent herbicide that kills off seeds before they ever sprout. Water your grass afterward for maximum effectiveness!
7. Bug Off
Mosquitos aren’t just annoying; they can carry harmful diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika by biting their victims and passing along certain viruses through their saliva. To keep yourself (and your family) safe this summer, consider applying mosquito repellents near potential breeding grounds – shaded areas with standing water where mosquitos like to come and lay eggs.
8. Inspect Regularly
Whether you use chemical pesticides or the organic approach, the most effective way of dealing with dangerous pests is preventing them from ever entering your lawn in the first place! Look for holes and tears in window and door screens and make sure to maintain your lawn regularly – weeds can attract all kinds of bugs and insects that want nothing more than an “all-you-can eat” buffet on your front yard.
9. Make Friends with Bugs
Not every bug is here to cause damage; some are actually very beneficial for keeping other unwanted insects out of your turf! Ladybugs consume as many as 50 aphids each day, meaning they’ll only need about three days to eat their body weight in aphids. And as long as you never use pesticides inside or around your home, they won’t leave because of the toxic chemicals!
10. Finally… Don’t Give Up!
If there’s one thing all great lawn caretakers have in common, it’s that they never give up even when things seem bleak and unruly! Turf takes time and patience to become lush and green; so long as you remember these simple tips for keeping a healthy lawn, you’ll be well on your way to reaching those grass heights you’ve always dreamed of!