I’m sure you’ve seen some lawns in movies and admired those artful pieces from a distance. Guess what? You could have the same lawn in your home, or even better.
All it takes is the right amount of care and understanding of what lawn care entails.
As a beginner, it might seem quite overwhelming, understanding the perks of taking good care of your lawn and grooming it into that perfect Hollywood lawn you’ve always wanted.
This post is for you. If you want to keep a lawn and you don’t have enough experience, continue reading to see tips and useful guidelines to keep a healthy lawn all year.
Components of lawn care
There are different basic aspects of taking care of a lawn. When you practice each of these components the right way, you will probably advance into a pro from a beginner.
1. Soil testing
Soils have many nutrients that can deplete as time goes. And since lawns are organic, like any other type of cultivation, the soil nutrients become diminished, and the pH levels can change. PH levels of soil go a long way in determining how healthy and nutritious your lawn is.
Test your soil yearly for its pH level. The best pH levels range between 5 and 7. Alkaline soils have a pH greater than 7, while too-acidic soils have a pH below 5, and both aren’t healthy for your lawn. To balance the pH levels, add sulfate to alkaline soils to make them more acidic or add lime to acidic soils to make them more alkaline.
Although lawns don’t always need fertilizers, their soil sometimes loses the necessary nutrients for long term growth.
Fertilize your lawn once a year with a suitable fertilizer, depending on the kind of grasses you’re growing.
If your grasses grow in the warm season, they should be fertilized in the spring while they come out of dormancy. Cool-season grasses, however, need a lot of fertilizers in the fall and only a little in early spring.
3. Timely seeding
From time to time, a lawn needs reseeding to continue to thrive. Take time to fill in bare patches with seeds for new growths.
Usually, you should add more seeds in early spring since their growth may be slower in cold weather. Seeds do better in fall and autumn for their seedlings to establish themselves before winter. And as you would have known, winter is not a good time to plant seeds.
Compost is a natural alternative to fertilizers. And although you add fertilizers to your lawn annually, composting doesn’t have to leave your to-do list just yet.
Compost provides your lawn with the natural nutrients it needs. It also serves as a cover that protects your grass stems and retains moisture levels between grass blades.
Add compost to your lawn when fall is over so it can disintegrate into the soil slowly throughout winter. And when spring comes, so does your healthy-looking lawn.
5. Leaving old leaves
You probably think that after caring for your lawn enough, you should also clear those layers of leaves as they fall and become old. Well, it isn’t as good as you thought.
Although heavy layers of leaves can smother your lawn, leaving a small layer can serve as protection for the grass blades. Run a mower over the leaves to size them down instead of running a rake to clear them.
Weeds can take over your lawn, share all the nutrients, or even kill your grasses! Control weed sprouts in your yard before they grow too tall.
When you notice unusual growths, pull them out by hand, or use an all-natural solution, like cornmeal or boiling water, to clear out many of them. Just don’t forget to leave their dead leaves on the lawn as some mulch and fertilizer for the lawn.
6. Using the right mower
Using the right mower on your lawn will not only help you cut faster but will also ensure a clean cut. Depending on your lawn’s terrain, you can choose to use a push-along or a riding mower.
Keep your mower blades sharp for a uniform cut and keep the grass blades all at a level that they grow fast together.
7. Getting rid of grubs
Grubs are larvae of various beetles and usually in the landscape. You might not be able to get rid of every one of them, as a few of them will always live on your lawn. But when they become too many, you will begin to notice brown patches. Apply milky spore annually to prevent an infestation.
Except if you live in a hot area, you shouldn’t water your lawn every day.
Your lawn only needs enough water, and it shouldn’t be shallow, as it will make the roots grow shallowly too. Water your lawn deeply to encourage the roots to grow in deep, and as such, they become stronger and more likely to survive dryer seasons.
Your lawn can become compact as you carry out frequent activities on the grasses and the soil. If you notice compactness, you may need to aerate the area with a gas-powered aerator or a push aerator to allow water, nutrients, and air to enter the soil more.
Taking care of a lawn takes efforts- but not too much work if you know what you’re doing.
Invest enough time into your grasses, and they will come out green and beautiful over time.
Just make sure to give enough water, compost, air, and some space, too, so that you wouldn’t choke your grasses with attention.