Do you have a beautiful home but the outdoor lawn is ruining the neighbour’s view? Do you fear it’s not going to be love at first sight when someone new steps into your lawn? Do you want a smooth, weed free, healthy lawn where your kids can run wild? If answers to all these questions are ‘yes’, you have landed on the right blog. In this article, we will share some simple tips following which you can create a lush green carpet for friends, family and yourself to enjoy.
The basics of maintaining a weed-free healthy lawn is pretty simple: sun, water and fertiliser. Don’t get too happy already. You need to know how to do this the proper way, otherwise you will risk more harm than good to your lawn. So, what is the right way to take care of your lawn then?
Less is more: While we understand the urge to trim the lawn too short considering it as a timesaver, the reality is, mowing your lawn too short can damage your grass as well as allow weeds to set root. Figuring out just the right length of grass is one of the secrets to the perfect lawn. The trick here is to do less, not more. Taller grass promotes better root development. Experts recommend you raise the mower to the highest possible notch when mowing. The general rule of thumb is not to cut off more than a third of the grass blade.
Don’t water torture the lawn: When it comes to watering your lawn, it’s crucial to understand just wetting down the grass isn’t watering the grass. You need to soak the lawn well so the soil moisture goes down several inches. Also it needs to be mentioned that night-time watering can result in prolonged moisture on the blades, making the grass more susceptible to disease caused by moisture-loving mould and other fungi. The best time to water your lawn is the early morning because the sun will help dry the grass.
Proper diet is essential: Just like we take multivitamin, our lawn needs too. While N-P-K (nitrogen-phosphate-potassium) fertilisers are the most popular ones with the gardeners, your lawn needs micronutrients such as sulphur, copper and iron too. Fertilising your lawn twice a year, spring and fall, is the bare minimum, most experts recommend, though some add a feeding in the middle of the summer.
Say ‘no’ to weeds: Go after the weeds early, kill them before they lay eggs. The true secret to banishing weeds, they say, is to grow such healthy grass that it chokes out the invaders naturally. Mowing regularly helps too, because it tops off weeds like dandelions and crabgrass before they have a chance to scatter their seeds.
Help your lawn breathe: Nutrients can’t penetrate to the root system if the grass gets too compacted. That’s where aeration, poking holes in your lawn to improve oxygen circulation, comes in. You can use a simple aeration tool to do the job or alternatively can chose to have some fun waltzing around your lawn in spiked sports shoes — that works fairly well too.
These are the basics of maintaining a perfect lawn. If you have any further queries or need to consult with experts or need to purchase good quality lawn supplies, the friendly team at Local Turf is always here to help you.