5 Simple Steps to a Perfect Lawn
What makes a perfect lawn? Is it the luscious green texture, a minimal amount of weeds, precise straight edges or just simply a soft surface to enjoy throughout the summer? Luckily, there are some basic principles to remember that will ensure you get the best out of your lawn throughout the year without having to be a professional gardener.
Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast or a complete novice, we all know that your lawn needs mowing from time to time. When mowing your lawn, make sure to use a sharp blade to ensure the grass stays thick; this will also result in less weed growth – a very welcome benefit for every gardener! Other important suggestions are mowing your lawn on a regular basis, but also avoid cutting it too short as this can result in the need for lots of maintenance.
As previously mentioned cutting your grass on a regular basis will ensure that it remains thick and therefore forces out weeds. If you do notice a few weeds on your turf, pull them out by hand or use a fork tool to ensure it is removed in its entirety – including the roots. If you start to notice a pest problem on your lawn, avoid jumping the gun and dousing the garden in the closest available weed killer. In some cases, your turf will sort out any garden diseases by itself.
Time to Fertilize
The first thing to remember when it comes to fertilizing your lawn is to not overdo it. Take it easy on both the amount of fertilizer you use as well as the frequency in which you use it. In spring, invest in a high-nitrogen fertilizer to give your lawn the boost it will need for the summer ahead. Towards the autumn, tone down the nitrogen levels with a more gentle fertilizer to use throughout winter. The best time to fertilize is just after you have cut the grass and removed key nutrients from it. Topping it up with a good quality fertilizer is essential to maintain a happy lawn.
Irrigation is a vital element in any garden environment and knowing the right time to water your lawn is key. A simple test to conduct is to insert a steel rod or screwdriver into the soil to test its resistance. I dehydrated lawn will be resistant and therefore will need watering. Another tell-tale sign is that footprints remain compressed after you have walked across it. Your lawn doesn’t need watering all the time, but when you do it, make sure you do a thorough job and not during cold conditions. It's important to not over water it though, so be sure to monitor exactly how much water you are using. The use of flow meters on your irrigation system will allow you to get an accurate reading of the water being used.
A Helping Hand from Herbicides
If you do decide to blast and vegetation diseases, choose the right herbicide to carry out the task. It’s best to mix herbicides with fertilizer, and also to keep the toxins to a minimum for the best possible lawn health.
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