Most homeowners want their lawns to look their best, but don’t want to put in a massive amount of time and effort, or simply do not have the time to put a large amount of effort into caring for their grass. Luckily, there are some straightforward procedures you can follow in order to keep your grass healthy and flourishing without having to commit to a huge amount of time. Lawns are fairly simple to care for, and usually the main cause of trouble comes from not being consistent in your lawn maintenance.
Let’s take a look at 5 easy things you can do to keep your lawn healthy.
As anyone who knows anything about grass, or plants in general will tell you, this is the most important aspect of lawn maintenance. It’s absolutely essential to the health of the grass that it receives a sufficient amount of water. The amount of water your grass needs largely depends on the weather and type you are growing, but a good rule of thumb is to water 2-3 times per week, accounting for rainfall.
Not only is mowing important to keeping you grass looking good, it also works to keep grass healthy, as it allows for sunlight to evenly affect the lawn. When grass becomes overgrown it makes it harder for new grass to grow due to the blocking of sunlight. Mowing, like watering, largely depends on the specifics of your lawn, but you want to mow around once a week, being sure not to cut more than 1/3rd of the length of the grass.
Like all plants, grass requires plenty of nutrients to grow strong and healthy. Fertilizer gives the grass the building blocks it will use to grow. You will probably not need to fertilise more than a few times a year, depending on your climate. You can also help give the grass nutrients by leaving clippings on your lawn, as these will provide nutrients, as well.
This refers to the action of removing the thick, matted and dry grass that accumulates at the base of your lawn. While some thatch can be beneficial, too much will block moisture and air, and cause damage to the grass. You will need to get a de-thatcher in order to do this properly.
Finally, if your grass has become patchy in certain areas, you will want to spread new soil and seed it, so that you can begin growing new grass in those areas. It’s always a good idea to use fertilizer and a generous amount of soil to allow the new grass to grow as healthy as possible.
If you follow the above 5 tips, you shouldn’t need to break your back doing lawn maintenance. With just a little love and care, your lawn can stay looking its best year round! Contact Rivers Edge Turf to find out more about the benefits of correct lawn care.