The lawn of many properties tends to be the pride and joy of the man in the house. That is why lawn care has become more of a manly work of art, and one that quite often has neighbors competing against each other.
Having the perfect lawn isn’t always an easy job. In fact, it’s something you need to maintain all year round. With every season, there are certain things you should do to help keep your lawn healthy and vibrant.
We have six lawn care tips to help you create the perfect lawn in the entire neighborhood.
Check Your Soil
A healthy lawn starts with the soil. If the ground the grass grows in doesn’t have the right nutrients or pH level, it can negatively affect your lawn. That is why it’s important to check your soil before beginning. A simple home test will tell you if your soil is missing anything.
When you’re working to create the perfect lawn, you’ll likely try multiple different products and techniques. After a while, it’s hard to remember everything you did. So, create a lawn care journal. Write down what you use and how it worked for your lawn. That way, you’ll know what to do for the following year.
Schedule Regular Watering
Grass needs water to grow, just like any other plant you may have in the garden. Depending on what the climate is like where you live, you may need to water the lawn more often, or barely at all.
Be careful not to overwater your lawn, otherwise your promoting shallow rooting with each blade of grass. To keep the lawn strong, you want the roots to grow deep. One way of doing that is not to overwater. That way, the roots have to grow deeper to reach the water.
Don’t Mow Too Low
Mowing the lawn too low is a big thing to remember. Especially if you have scorching hot days, mowing too low can potentially damage your lawn. A long blade of grass can hold more water and shade the ground below from the hot sun. Cutting too much also creates an opportunity for weeds to infest your lawn.
Pay Attention to Spots
When we see random brown and dead spots on a lawn, we assume that the person has a dog. However, if you don’t have any pets in your yard and still have brown spots, it could be a fungus. You’ll want to talk to your local nursery for help on what is going on. Take a picture to them first.
Seed in Fall
It may seem counterproductive, but the best time to reseed your lawn is in the fall. We would think spring would be the time since it’s when the grass wakes up. However, it can take up to 12 weeks for seed germination, which means seeding in spring will take you into the hot summer. Seeding in fall will give the grass a chance to grow without it burning.
Include these tips in your lawn care maintenance plan, to help you grow the best lawn around your neighborhood. If you’re still looking for expert advice, check WikiLawn’s lawn care page out for all things lawn and garden.