Who doesn’t want a healthy and beautiful lawn? It is one of the most desirable things of those who have eyes. But it is impossible to achieve clean, thick and green lawn without regular maintenances.
Here are 9 Tips to help you take good care of your lawn.
- 1 1.Cleaning Lawn
- 2 2.Grass Scarification
- 3 3.Aeration of Lawn
- 4 4.Topdressing Lawn
- 5 5.Renovate or Replenish a Lawn
- 6 6.Mowing the Lawn
- 7 7.Fertilize Lawn
- 8 8.Watering The Lawn
- 9 Bonus: Best Practices to Take Care of Lawn
- 10 In Conclusion
Raking your lawn to remove the yellowed grass and leaves, this will allow a faster recovery or greening of the lawn. The very beginning of spring (usually in April, depending on the year) is a good time to weeding and cleaning the grass.
- Manually(by hand): after putting on a pair of gloves, go hunting for moss or weeds and pull them out manually
- A Weeder Knife: Ideal for small areas and short grass.
After removing weeds, you could find why does foam appear in the lawn? And solve the problem.
Factors that promote the appearance of moss in turf are:
- Shadow and lack of sunshine;
- Poorly ventilated soil;
- Soil low in potash, magnesium or calcium;
- Excessive acidity.
A barbaric term, but it is an essential work for the good health of your lawn. For aeration, nothing like better than the scarification. It refers to removing thatch (loose, intermingled and dead parts of grasses) and aerating the surface layer of soil; it facilitates root work. Note that scarification is also an excellent way to fight the proliferation of moss.
Best Time for Scarification
Mid-April and September is the best time to scarify a lawn. Don’t scarify when grass is not thriving. It damages your lawn.
3.Aeration of Lawn
The roots of the grass need air to breathe and grow properly. The soil of a lawn is not sandy enough to allow the roots to get enough air (oxygen), which delays the growth.
Aeration refers to perforating the soil with pony holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots. It should be done for the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
Importance of Soil Aeration
This practice allows:
- Better infiltration of water and nutrients
- Increase the level of oxygen in the soil
- Better decomposition of organic matter and enhance the activity of soil micro-organisms;
- Helps to root development of grasses.
How to Aerate Lawn?
- Apply 1 inch of water to soften your lawn
- Push a mechanical aerator on your lawn when the soil is slightly wet.
- Make holes in the lawn and insert coarse sand.
- Leave plugs of soil on the ground so they can be used as topdressing. It is recommended to break them up and distribute the soil evenly on the grass with a rake.
You can buy a best-rated aerator or use the services of a professional.
What Are The Ideal Times For Aeration?
Spring and autumn ideal time for aeration. Avoid aeration on the frozen or soggy ground.
Topdressing involves a thin layer (1 cm or less) of soil mixture is spread to the surface of the lawn. Topdressing improves the texture of the soil, promotes the work of earthworms, improves microbial activity in the soil, and makes the grass more resistant.
Why Should I Topdressing My Lawn?
- To gradually improve the quality of the soil
- Repair damaged areas
- Increase the density of the lawn
- Stimulate the decomposition of organic matter
- Change the soil structure
Which Substrate to Use for Topdressing?
Compost, garden soil, sand and peat moss can be used together.
Ideal Times for Topdressing
Spring and autumn are good times for topdressing.
5.Renovate or Replenish a Lawn
Sowing can be done in the spring, from March to May. It’s also an excellent time to replenish a damaged lawn. To repair areas where the lawn is damaged, we use a re-grinding turf. It allows easy and quick replacement of surfaces where the earth appears.
Renovation of the Lawn with Turf
- First, you have to prepare the soil, scratching the soil slightly where you want to sow. You can easily do with hand claw (small areas) or a rake. Remove the dead and surplus lawn.
- If necessary, adjust the ground level and apply some peat moss
- Sowing the seed
- Water the renovated area thoroughly and keep it moist for the first 15 days.
- Mow when your lawn reaches 7.5 cm for small areas.
The turf grows very fast. In a few weeks, the bare areas start to become green. Your lawn should look better! Let pass a few more weeks before mowing.
This process can be done at any time of the season. If you think about additional watering, The ideal times is spring and autumn.
In prolonged periods of drought, grass goes dormant and turns yellow but not dead; they do not need extra watering. Once the precipitation returns, it will return to regular appearance.
6.Mowing the Lawn
Mow at 7.5 cm (3 in.) or even a little higher and leave residues in place. It works as food for the lawn. Do not always pass in the same direction. Change directions each time you mow. Never mow in hot weather. If possible, mow every three days (or at best once a week) to invigorate the lawn.
For areas of 150 to 200 m2 manual mowing is preferable, because the motorized mowing destroys 90% of the life which is nestled (insects, snails, lizards, shrews).
Mowing the lawn eliminates all its nutrients, nutrients that need to obtain optimal growth. So from the beginning of spring, you must fertilize the lawn every four or five weeks. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are needed, and special lawn fertilizer blends are readily available in fertilizer store. It is advisable to use a spreader to ensure even distribution of the fertilizer.
8.Watering The Lawn
If you want your lawn stays lush and green all summer, watering is essential. How often to water your lawn depends on the temperature and humidity. When the grass needs water, its color starts to be blue-grey and the oldest limbs begin to curl or fade. If you have planted a new lawn, you usually need to water it once a day to allow the seeds to germinate and well root development. Watering the lawn is now possible with a minimum of hassle. You can water your garden manually or using automatic sprinklers.
What Is The Best Time Of The Day To Water My Lawn?
You should water your lawn in the early morning, between 5 am and 10 am, or in the early evening. Don’t water your lawn at night. It causes many diseases. Remain wet lawn for a long period enhance the growth of fungus. The best time for watering is early morning. Because lack of evaporation, low wind, high humidity and morning dew helps to prevent some diseases and quick dry of your lawn.
Bonus: Best Practices to Take Care of Lawn
Try to apply a blend of 100% natural or organic fertilizer in spring or late summer. Watch your lawn first. If you like it, no need to add fertilizer
A lawn cut to 8 cm (3 in.) Prevents the germination of most weeds, makes watering more efficient and promotes root development. Mow the lawn regularly with sharp blades and never cut more than one-third of the height at a time.
Do Not Pick Up Cut Grass
Leave the residues in your lawn. Mowed turf contains a lot of minerals, which can reduce the amount of fertilizer by 30%.
Do some testing
Inspect your lawn and find the cause of the problems you are having. Know that 90% of insects are beneficial and can naturally control occasional parasites. Do not hesitate to inform yourself before taking any action to eliminate these insects.
Whatever the condition of your lawn today, maintain the tips that we discussed. I wish you were a beautiful lawn. And someday your colleague will ask you how your lawn is so green, healthy and beautiful. Don’t forget to mention our article. Stay Green! Be Green!