Spring has finally arrived, and with it the warmer weather that we all look forward to. As you begin to enjoy spending more time outside in your yard, it’s important to remember to take care of your lawn! Here are some tips on how to keep your lawn healthy and looking great all season long!
Mow your lawn regularly with a sharp mower blade and adjust blades as necessary.
A sharp blade will give you a clean-cut, which will promote healthy growth. A dull mower blade tears at the grass, causing it to become ragged and weak. Regular mowing is essential to keeping your lawn healthy. Mowing regularly helps to remove dead grass and debris, while also keeping the lawn’s height under control. If you allow the lawn to grow too high, it will become more prone to weeds and disease.
Do not mow too low, however. If you cut the grass too short, its roots will weaken and it will be more susceptible to future problems like drought and insects. Aim for about an inch and a half. If you mow too short, your lawn will turn brown and look dead. If you mow too long, it may develop thatch, which can be difficult to get rid of.
Water deeply, but infrequently to encourage deep roots and a healthy lawn.
Watering regularly is important to keep your lawn healthy and resilient, but you should never overdo it. The best way to water the lawn is deeply, instead of frequently. This will encourage deep roots and a healthy lawn. Overwatering leads to shallow roots and encourages disease which leads to an unhealthy lawn. It only needs about one-and-a-half to two inches of water per week. To ensure you’re watering enough, use a rain gauge and measure the rainfall in your area after watering. If you live in an area where it gets hot and doesn’t rain frequently, it may be necessary to water more than this.
You should also work with a company offering lawn irrigation services. The company can install a sprinkler system to take care of your lawn. It can also ensure the irrigation system will save water compared to manually watering the lawn.
Rake up leaves and other debris that fall into your yard
Leaves and other debris can suffocate grass, which can lead to dead areas in your lawn. Leaves and other debris can be a major nuisance in the yard, but it’s important to take the time to rake them up. Leaving leaves and debris on the ground will suffocate the grass and can cause dead areas in your lawn. Raking up leaves and debris is an easy way to keep your lawn looking healthy and clean.
Get rid of weeds by pulling them up by the root or spraying herbicide to kill the plants.
Weeds are common in lawns, but they can be incredibly harmful. Weeds steal important nutrients that would otherwise go to the grass. They also choke out the grass, which will eventually lead to dead areas in your lawn.
You have two options when it comes to getting rid of weeds. You can pull them out by the roots or spray them with herbicide designed to kill weeds. Some people prefer to pull out weeds by the roots, but it’s a time-consuming process, and you’ll need to do it frequently if you don’t want a bunch of weeds in your lawn.
If you’d rather not deal with the root method, an effective way to get rid of weeds that don’t require much work is to spray them with weed killer. The weed will die after a few applications and it’s an easy way to kill weeds without doing the pulling yourself.
Trim overgrown bushes with clippers or shears.
Old shrubs and bushes can be unsightly in the yard, but many people may not realize just how harmful they can be. Overgrown bushes will choke out other plants in your lawn if you don’t cut them back. Old shrubs have a tendency to become diseased as well, which leads to dead areas of the lawn. It’s important to go through and trim overgrown bushes with clippers or shears.
Aerate your lawn every spring to alleviate soil compaction.
Fertilizer and other products you add to the lawn will not be able to soak in when soil is compacted. You’ll wind up with a nutrient-deficient lawn, which can lead to dead spots and disease.
It’s important to aerate your lawn in the spring to alleviate soil compaction. There are spike aerators you can buy, but renting a core aerator is usually an easier alternative. Core aerators punch holes in the soil that are about two inches deep and six inches apart. You can then use your lawnmower to chop up the plugs of soil that are pulled out during the process. This ensures new air can get into the soil, which will greatly improve the health of your lawn.
The warmer months of the year can be tough on your lawn, but with some care and effort, you’ll find that it’s easier than ever before to keep your yard looking healthy.