For a lawn that turns heads in the best way, you'll need to stay on top of your landscaping. It's impossible to hide grass that's been neglected since it's always on display for everyone to see.
Read these lawn care tips to keep your lawn looking its best year-round.
Don't Overwater Your Lawn
Most people are concerned with making sure they water their grass enough. But did you know that too much water is just as bad for your lawn?
The ideal amount of water that lawns need is between 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches each week. To determine whether your lawn isn't getting enough water, there's an easy test you can do. Stick a 6-inch screwdriver in your lawn. If it goes in easily, your lawn is getting enough water. If it doesn't, you'll need to water more.
Let your sprinklers run for at least 30 minutes during each watering cycle, no more than 3 times a week. This will allow your lawn to be watered deeply. You should also water between the hours of 4 am and 9 am so your grass can dry out throughout the day and reduce the chances of fungus growth.
Keep in mind that if you're starting off with a lawn that suffers from bald patches, water may not be enough. You may want to enlist the help of sodding services to get you on the path toward a fuller, more beautiful lawn.
Learn How To Mow Properly
When mowing the lawn, it's best to set your mower to the highest setting. Doing so supports a deeper root system so the grass is better able to find nutrients in the soil.
If you cut too low you'll risk "scalping" the grass. This forces your grass to focus on growing its blades, rather than deepening its roots. Remember, the grass is a living thing. It needs care and it needs to be handled delicately.
As you mow, keep the clippings on your lawn. This is called grasscycling and it works as a fertilizer for your lawn. This saves you time since you don't have to pick up the clippings and it also saves you the cost of yard waste bags.
Avoid mowing in the same pattern each time you cut your grass. Doing so compacts the soil and leads to unhealthy grass that is prone to weeds.
Get Rid of those Pesky Weeds
Nobody likes dealing with weeds. But there are some ways to make getting rid of them easier.
Try pulling weeds after rain or watering, it makes it easier for you to get them from the roots, and deter future growth.
Weeds need soil and light to survive. To prevent weeds from sprouting in the first place, you'll want to lay down a weed barrier, like mulch. Mulch should be several inches deep and spread over weed prone areas. The mulch blocks access to sunlight, effectively preventing the weed's growth.
Success with These Lawn Care Tips
To grow a lawn that is green and lush, you'll need to be patient and ensure that your yard is getting the right amount of water, careful mowing and effective weed prevention. Follow these lawn care tips for a lawn that makes you proud.
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