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This Grass Is Greener On All The Sides: Top Tips For Making Your Lawn Healthier

by Martha Simmonds
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Does your lawn look patchy, dull, and lifeless even after subjecting it to a well-planned lawn maintenance routine?

Do the bald spots sitting on your lawn destroy the entire backdrop of your evening barbecue gatherings?

Do you see more weeds partying in your backyard than healthy grass?

Well, it is time for you to rethink your lawn maintenance routine and add some daily and weekly tasks to add lushness to your backyard. These tips will go a long way in helping you with your pursuit. Take a look.

Tip No#1: Reseed the thin areas

If your lawn is a mix of lush green and random bald spots, reseeding is the remedy. Select a grass seed for lawn that tones with your climate zone and sow the seeds. Make sure you kill the weeds and aerate the soil before reseeding. Fertilize the patches and water them every day until the grass attains two inches of height.

Reseeding does well to blend in the thin areas and areas with high weed growth.  

Tip No#2: Make mowing a weekly task

Regular mowing does wonder to lawns. It keeps the weeds away, allows for regular grass growth, and makes your lawn appear healthy.

Make it a point to mow your lawn once every week. Adjust the frequency as per the climate and weather conditions. Also, consider mowing your lawn during the early evening hours to keep it moisturized (as recommended by some experts). But, do not over-mow. Keep a check on the height.

Tip No#3: Consider the time of the year to determine the cutting height

How do you find out the appropriate height for your lawn?

It is easy. Harmonize the cutting height with your calendar.

An ideal height for your lawn depends on the kind of grass, your location, and the month on the calendar.

A one-and-a-half-inch cutting height is ideal for cool-climate grass for the year’s first mowing. It eradicates dead grass and lets the sunlight penetrate the crowns of the grass. For summer, you would want to add two inches, returning to one and a half inches for the last part of the year. Keeping the height half inch lower is ideal for warm-climate grasses.

Furthermore, use a sharp and balanced mower blade to attain a clean and even cut.

Tip No#4: Water wisely

Adequate water is the recipe for a healthy, green lawn, but when and how to water are the key determinants of how your lawn reacts to watering. Instead of watering your lawn every day, keep the watering schedule restricted to twice or thrice a week. However, if you have sown new lawn seeds, water your lawn every day until the grass reaches two inches. Additionally, water your lawn in the early morning hours to get the best results.

Steer clear from light sprinkling as it only moistens the grass and superficial soil surface, hampering deep root growth. Trust deep watering for deep roots and, thus, a healthy lawn.

Tip #5: Allow proper drainage

Poor drainage can meddle with lawn growth, especially in low-lying areas where water pooling could destroy the grass. The best way to ensure drainage is by aerating the compact soil.

All you need to do is punch three-inches deep holes throughout the lawn. It will loosen up the compact soil, solving problems with water drainage, air circulation, and nutrient absorption.  It also allows beneficial organisms like earthworms to thrive.

Make it a point to aerate your lawn once a year.

Conclusion

Why should the grass be greener only on the other side? With these tips, you can achieve a healthy and green lawn without the help of any landscape professional.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tools and take over your backyard.

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