How to Have a Healthy and Beautiful Lawn

How to Have a Healthy and Beautiful Lawn

Having a lush green, attractive lawn is the pride of every homeowner. Naturally, such beauty does require time and effort, but even though it may not be obvious immediately, the lawn will pay back all that effort by giving you a huge amount of oxygen, blocking the dirt and dust from entering your home and acting as a natural air conditioner that keeps your home cool. Plus, it makes the landscape around your home look gorgeous and ideal for outdoor activities.

Such a lawn is easy to attain with a bit of effort which will save you a lot of hard work later. This is mostly so because healthy lawns are stronger and more resistant to weeds, pests, drought, and other potential issues.

Here are several methods you can try to maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn.

Adjust mowing height

The optimal mowing height depends on the grass type, the area and the time of year. In cool-climate regions, 1-1/2 inch mowing height is the best for the first cutting as it will remove dead grass and make way for more sunlight to penetrate the plants’ crowns. When the summer heat sets in, raise the blade to 2.5 to 3 inches. This height will boost growth, prevent weeds, and keep the pests at bay.

Another thing to consider is the sharpness of your blades – sharp, balanced and maintained blades cut grass evenly and cleanly, whereas dull ones will tear the grass and damage it, making it turn yellow and become more susceptible to disease.

Water deeply

Regular deep watering of your lawn will stimulate deep root growth. About once a week, give your lawn about an inch of water. To be sure, put a small can on the lawn to measure how much water you have applied. Once the can is full, stop watering. Overwatering will starve the soil of oxygen and create a favorable ground for disease. Deep watering boosts the development of deep roots that utilize underground water supplies, whereas light sprinklings only wet the grass and surface of the soil. This helps shallow root growth and leads to more frequent watering.

If you notice your lawn has lost its lushness and resiliency, or it started showing signs of wilting, it’s time to water. Do it until you see the soil is moist four to five inches down, then give it time for the top two inches to dry out, then water again. The best time to water is early morning as you’ll lose less water to evaporation and your lawn will have enough time to dry before the night sets in. If you leave your lawn wet at night, it will be more vulnerable to fungi and mold.

Feed your lawn

The best choice of lawn fertilizer is compost as it provides all the nutrients necessary for grass growth. You can apply it at any time of the year by mixing it into the soil before seeding or spreading it over your existing lawn in a thin layer. The optimal time to do it is in early spring to encourage root development. Fertilizing in fall will help repair any summer damage and prompt root growth that will continue for several weeks even after the top growth has stopped, which helps the grass make it through the winter. You can also do light feeding in between to maintain healthy growth.

Tackle the weeds

Maintaining a healthy and thick lawn is your best shot at fighting weeds as they are kept at bay when the grass is healthy. If they do appear, most of them can be treated with basic lawn care, such as the aforementioned adjustment of mowing height or tweaks to your watering schedule. The advantage of a lush, healthy lawn is that it doesn’t allow weed seeds sufficient sunlight or space to germinate, whereas an ill, spotty lawn offers plenty of open space for weeds to establish roots and grow.

Lawns that have gotten a lot of rain and not much sun can promote chickweed development that may ruin the aesthetics of your lawn. The plant isn’t too unsightly, but if you want it removed, it can be done easily, both manually and with weed killer. However, you should be careful with chemical herbicides as they are polluters and can be harmful to the surrounding plants. Make sure you follow the label instructions carefully or even better, consult a professional.

Aerate your lawn

The final step in your lawn maintenance is aeration. In addition to water and sunlight, grassroots also need oxygen. Aerating is the process of removing small soil plugs which boost air-to-soil interaction. It enables water and nutrients to penetrate the deeper layers of soil and helps reduce soil compaction, giving the roots more space to grow. Once again, timing is essential. You can do it in the spring, but fall is also an optimal moment as there will be fewer weed seeds and your kids will have finished trampling the grass.

Keeping your lawn lush and healthy requires regular maintenance practices. Once you’ve established a routine using the tips listed here, it won’t be long before you’ll have a green lawn that will be the envy of the entire street!