It’s one thing to have a lawn, but it’s another to take care of it and maintain it so that it thrives. It takes a lot of work to maintain a lawn and keep the grass green and healthy. However, it’s not as complicated as most people seem to think. Here are the things every lawn owner should do to have a beautifully green and lush lawn.
It goes without saying, but mowing the lawn is a crucial part of its maintenance. Every time you mow the lawn, it can contribute to the success or failure of the grass. When you mow properly, you’ll groom the grass and keep it healthy, drought tolerant and thick enough to crowd out weeds. On the other hand, improper mowing causes your lawn to struggle for survival. Mowing time to never remove more than a third of the total leaf area with each cut.
There are many lawn feeders and fertilizers on the market for gardening. The type you need will depend on the existing soil and the weather where you live. Most of the products you find will have instructions, so it’s best to follow their guidelines for best results. In general, it is advisable to water the lawn according to the same elements: soil and weather. You must be careful not to overwater the lawn as this may damage it. The best time to water the lawn is in the morning when temperatures are lower.
One thing you can do to really finish off the lawn and give it a neat look is edging. Use a pair of long-handled shears to define the edge of the lawn and prevent grass from growing into the edges. It will instantly make your garden cleaner. If the lawn has grown into the edge, use a spade or half-moon edger to reshape it and create a shallow “gap” so that the grass no longer crosses it.
Sharpen your mower blades
It’s important to make sure your mower blades are sharp to get the best results. A sharp blade will cut the grass cleanly and easily, while a dull blade will only tear the grass and create a jagged, uneven edge. Over time, a lawn that has been mowed with a dull blade will develop a whitish or brown color as the tips of the blades of grass begin to die back. During mowing season, sharpen your mower blades at least a few times. Avoid mowing on branches or thick stones, as this will increase the dulling of the blade or even cause damage.
Mow only dry grass
The best time to mow the lawn is when the grass is completely dry. Mowing a wet lawn may not damage the grass, but the results will not be as good. Wet grass tends to clog the mower deck. Not to mention that grass blades tend to fall over and clump together when you mow them wet. This will create an uneven cut.