12 Oct The Basics of Lawn Maintenance Every Homeowner Should Know
Who does not want to have a good lawn? A well-trimmed and green lawn can add tremendous value to your home and make a great impression on visitors. However, a lot of time and effort goes into maintaining your lawn and keeping it in the best shape possible.
To make things easier for you, here’s a look at some basics of lawn maintenance every homeowner should know:
Considered the most important mowing practice, how you practice mowing ultimately has a significant influence on the health of your lawn and even set the stage for how things will work out. It is recommended that you avoid cutting the grass too short as this can put stress on the plants and even reduce their vigor. Keep the mowing blade sharp to avoid having an irregular and disruptive finish to the grass. As a rule, never cut the grass in the same direction every time and also be sure to recycle the grass clippings instead of wasting them.
Water is essential for keeping your lawn healthy and green, particularity when the weather is hot and dry. However, improper application of water can have a detrimental effect on the lawn, such as patches appearing or some areas getting logged with water. Make a habit of using the right technique in order to not only avoid the adverse effect but also help conserve water and promote growth of deeper roots. Make it a rule to only water the lawn when it needs watering. No need to sprinkle the grass every other day, as two or three times a week is more than enough.
Monitor the soil and see whether it properly absorbs water or does it allows the water to remain on the surface. In areas where the water is not being absorbed, which can be due to various reasons, check to see what the problem is and take the required action to solve it. To reduce evaporation, irrigate the lawn during the morning or evening, it would be more beneficial for the grass as well. Never use watering techniques that are inefficient and wastewater. Not only will it affect the quality of the grass but also cost you more in terms of utilities.
Sometimes, there simply aren’t enough nutrients in the soil to maintain a green lawn. This is where fertilizers come in. The most important factors to consider are is the timing, the type and the application of fertilizers. Fertilizers should not be applied too often or otherwise, it makes the soil more acidic. Apply it twice a year, or thrice if you believe more is needed to maintain the proper health of the grass.
There are two common types of fertilizers, organic and artificial. Organic ones are less risky and more cost effective, while artificial ones can promote more vigorous growth but are generally more expensive. In lawns, generally a tool that can finely spread the fertilizer is more than enough when it comes to applying it in your lawn.