Having a beautiful lawn around your home is something to be proud of. However, you’ll need to take some time in maintaining it to look its best. But fear not: having a lush green lawn is not too difficult to achieve. If you’re looking for some tips on how to keep your lawn looking its best, read on. Here are 5 tips on keeping a pristine lawn.
1. Fertilize every spring.
It’s important that you apply fertilizer to your beautiful lawn to keep it healthy throughout the year. A good rule of thumb is to apply fertilizer every spring. This will keep your lawn nice and dense, and a dense lawn prevents weed growth, reduces moisture loss, and just looks great. If you can, opt for organic fertilizer (based on blood and bone) that’s high in nitrogen.
2. Leave your clippings on your lawn.
If you can, leave mowing clippings on your lawn. Clippings are a natural fertilizer, and as such can encourage growth throughout your lawn. Just be sure the clippings are not over 1.5 cm in length ( click here for a range of high quality grass trimmers). Why? Because at this length they are short enough to breakdown quickly, and inhibit the growth of moss and fungi. Longer clippings take longer to break down, and as such can promote fungi growth. Plus, they just don’t look good on your lawn anyway.
3. Weed, often.
Even the most well maintained lawns will succumb to weeds at some time or another. If they’re not a big problem, you can take them out with a hand fork or trowel. If they are a bigger problem, try using a selective lawn herbicide, which will kill the weeds but not the lawn.
4. Water your lawn, especially during the summer.
It’s essential that you water your lawn often enough to ensure a green and healthy patch of grass. This is especially important during the hotter months of summer. In general, light soils require watering every few days, whilst you can water clay rich soils once a week.
5. Give your lawn adequate air supply.
Finally, it’s important that your lawn receive enough oxygen. An adequate oxygen supply ensures that vital nutrients are absorbed into the lawn’s root system. To aerate your lawn, simply poke holes throughout your lawn. You can do this easily by walking around your lawn with a pair of spiked sport shoes.
Keeping your lawn in tip top form shouldn’t be too hard if you take note of the above. All you need to do is make sure you fertilize and water your lawn often enough. Also, it helps to weed often, and leave (shortish) clippings on the surface of your lawn (as these are a natural fertilizer). Finally, ensure that your lawn receives enough oxygen throughout the year to help the vital nutrients seep down into the root level of your lawn. If you do the above, no doubt you’ll have a pristine looking lawn in no time at all.