Cultivating a great looking lawn is the source of pride for many men. It's a form of healthy competition among neighbors where some will win the admiration of wives, friends, and guests, while others will simply need to pay an expert instead.
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. You can find a great selection of garden hoses here for the job, but 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.
Consider Grass Appropriate To Your Location
While all grass can benefit from proper care, some grasses are more suitable for different locations. For instance, here in California water is at a premium. Therefore, you should consider drought tolerant grass varieties such as Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass and others. Often these grass varieties will require less fertilizer and general maintenance as well.
Make Sure to Have The Right Equipment To Maintain Your Lawn
At one time I thought that all lawn mowers were the same. You just got a pushable lawn mower or riding lawn mower and away you go. Then I got a house and realized why so many guys like to hang out at Home Depot and compare notes with other guys. There's all sorts of features from mulching and bagging to types of wheels that are better for one type of lawn vs another. Beyond the mower itself though, you're going to want to invest in a hedger, lawn rake, fertilizer spreader and more.
Don’t Set Your Mower Too Low
Once you have your fancy new mower, make sure you use it properly for your type of lawn. Different types of grass will need different care to grow properly. Mowing the lawn on too low of a setting can damage the grass. 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 Where The Grass Isn't Growing Right
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 Your Lawn in Fall For Maximum Growth
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.