Taking Care of Your Lawn 101

Stuart Wellbert
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How To Take Care of Your Lawn

Maintaining a lawn is something many of us end up doing, whether we like it or not. While maintaining a lawn may not be your why, you should still look to take care of your lawn, because it’s in your best interest.

A happy, healthy lawn is better for your family and safer for you. Lawn care experts have identified a few tips that can really help your lawn stay healthy.

Mowing

Most people will probably tell you that mowing your lawn twice a week is ideal. This is true if you have a large yard. For most people, this is too much.

The first thing you need to do is find out which type of grass you have in your yard. Your local home improvement store can help you with this. If you have an average lawn, try reducing your mowing frequency to once a week. This may save you time and money.

Make your mowing time more effective with these tips:

If your grass won’t grow against a foundation, you can mow a strip so that the grass won’t grow above a certain level. This will help keep its height under control, while saving time.

You can mow certain areas of your yard more often than others so that you can give attention to them whenever you’ve got room in your schedule. This will help you to be more efficient in your mowing chore.

Set aside a specific time of day to mow your lawn. This will help you to avoid cutting your grass later in the day on hot days. Any extra water your grass gets from you mowing it later in the day won’t help it.

If your grass is particularly long and thick, you’re going to have to mow it more often.

Watering

In the Winter when the ground is frozen, your lawn doesn’t require as much water. There are still several factors that determine whether you should stop watering altogether or continue like normal.

If you live in an area where the lawns are brown in the Wintertime due to lack of watering during the Summer, chances are you probably don’t have to worry about it as much. If you’ve already set up a watering schedule, you can continue to stick to it.

Soil is also another factor that determines how often to water. If you have an area of your yard that is very sandy, the water is likely to drain through much better and faster than an area that has heavy clay soil.

Computer-Controlled Lawn Sprinkler Systems

These work great if you’ve set them up correctly. Depending on how much rain a particular area has had, some people decide to use these to see how many days they have to wait before watering again.

You may be horrified to find out that your sprinkler system has been watering your lawn for four days, when the ground is still partially frozen. These systems may be pretty tough to work with, unless you have a lot of experience with them.

Weeds

Weeds are the choking vines and brush that you find taking over parts of your lawn. These invasives can be troublesome for you in many ways, but you can still treat them using a mixture of organic and chemical remedies.

You can use chemicals on your lawn, but many of the chemicals in weed killer products are harmful to the environment and pose hazards to young children and animals.

Have you ever considered just letting weeds grow and letting them become food for next year’s grass? You may be surprised to find that many weeds are actually beneficial, which means you can use them to your advantage when you treat them.

While you can’t feed weed seeds to your pet, consider letting them grow and feeding them to birds in your yard.

You can use weed killer products without harmful chemicals, and by the time seeds of the weed have matured and any new growth will be edible.

Instead of using a poisonous product, use a selective herbicide. These herbicides contain a growth inhibitor and don’t kill weeds, but they interfere with the plant’s ability to photosynthesize and grow.

Apply the herbicide early in spring while the seeds are still dormant. This is the best time to spray the herbicide because weeds will grow from any seeds left behind that survive the chemical spray.

Pests and Disease

These are the major problems that lawns have. If not taken care of properly, they can ruin your lawn and cause it to look dull. With the right amount of fertilizing and care, you'll have an enjoyable lawn in no time.

Maintaining Healthy Soil
The most important part of caring for your lawn is to keep the soil healthy. Updating your soil will keep it healthy, while the health of the soil can control different types of pests and diseases. One of the first ways to keep your soil healthy is to add compost, manure, and garden soil to it. The microbes and nutrients in these additions help to repair the soil and get rid of weeds in the process, which go hand in hand to create healthy soil.

Using proper soil is one of the most important things you can do to help your lawn stay healthy. When you first plant a yard, it’s good to use less organic material in the soil and go more with what’s readily available. The great majority of seed you buy has been treated with synthetic fertilizers, and the best way to ensure excellent grass is to go against all of the synthetic practices. Start with a pure bag of what’s readily available and slowly change to more organic material.

Aerating and Dethatching

Aeration and dethatching have different definitions, but when it comes to your yard, they are both good things to do. The main difference between them is that aerating sends holes or needles through the soil to loosen compacted layers, while dethatching removes those layers.

Why is this important? They are both good for your soil and your plants. Aeration helps to allow for better water absorption into the ground and dethatching helps to give your plants a boost, allowing for a stronger growth.

Fertilizing

Adding fertilizer to your lawn is the single most important thing that you can do to help it flourish. When fall and spring come, it is the perfect time to give it another boost of nutrients to keep your lawn healthy and happy.

Fertilizers are classified into two types: organic and synthetic.

The most common and inexpensive type is the synthetic, which you can buy at your local home retailer. This type of fertilizer has been manufactured from manufactured chemicals, and its composition is designed to give your lawn an abundance of nitrogen, the one nutrient that every plant needs in order to grow.

The organic type is different. It is made with organic material, which avoids using manufactured chemicals and produces more natural products. It can be a little more expensive, but the end product is a much more natural and better for you and your family to use.