Your lawn and garden add to the beauty of your compound. A perfectly manicured lawn is scenic and it also saves on money in the long run as fewer supplies will be required for its maintenance. Here are five tips to help you in growing a perfect and healthy lawn.
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1. Site preparation
The success of your lawn will majorly depend on adequate preparation. This includes cultivating, drainage among other things. The aim of this is to have firm and neutral soil. Use your mattock to remove the stones and rocks so that the soil can become fine-grained. After making sure that the soil is fine grained, you can cultivate the soil to prepare for seed planting. Next, you need to sow your seed. Use a metal rake to make shallow holes in the soil and then scatter your seed. Once the grass begins to grow, you will have your work cut out for you.
2. Irrigate deeply
When watering the garden, make sure that you water it deeply and occasionally. Overwatering can lead to thatch buildup. Not only is it a waste of water, but it also encourages the grass to grow shallow roots. The best time to water the grass is early in the morning. If you water it at midday, the water will be lost through evaporation.
Do not over-fertilize your lawn as this could lead to grass overgrowth and lead to extra mowing. To find out how much fertilizer the soil requires, you should get it tested at a lab every 4 years. The test costs about twenty dollars. After getting the results, your home garden shop can assist you in choosing the best fertilizer. Organic fertilizers work slower than synthetic ones as they require heat and water to be broken down for absorption. You should choose one fertilizer and stick to it as mixing can result in poor grass growth.
4. Pest control
To make sure that pests are kept at bay, let the grass grow thickly. You should monitor your lawn closely for the presence of weeds. If you spot any, you can uproot them by hand or use a weeder to take them out. If you need additional help with weeds, you can buy an herbicide. Use the herbicides sparingly to avoid poisoning the grass.
5. Mow properly
If you want a green lawn, you should mow it frequently as this makes it grow thicker and keeps out the weeds. When cutting, make sure that you don’t cut too low. Lowly cut grass responds by growing quickly. Do not mow the lawn when it is wet because this will compact the soil as a result, the roots will not be able to breathe. This in turn leads to bald spots in the grass. After mowing, do not get rid of the clippings. Mulching is just another way of fertilizing the lawn naturally.
If you follow these tips, your lawn will be healthy and perfect. You have to put a lot of work into it but the results will be worth it.