A beautiful lawn is an extension of your home, a place for your children to run around, and for your dog to lounge. A splendid lawn welcomes barbecues with friends, adds a softscape to lounge near your sparkling pool, and offers a comfortable place to sit on warm nights to look up at the stars. Although not every home comes with a great lawn, one can be easily created. Whether you have a yard that you already love or a lawn you’re willing to put some work into, here are some helpful tips to ensure your yard is looking its best.
Be Smart When Watering
- The best way to hydrate your lawn is to water for a longer duration and less often. This will soak the roots helping them to grow deeper. Further, by irrigating less, your grass will be less prone to diseases & drought.
- The best time to water is early morning (2 am – 10 am). Don’t water at night because the grass will not dry properly.
- A method many people use to figure out if it’s time to water is the footprint method – If your footprints are left on the lawn after you walk across it, then it needs a good watering.
- Another way to tell is that the grass blades will begin to wilt or curl up, resembling needles or a fine-blade variety. If your grass begins to resemble golden-colored hay, you need to water it asap. If it appears as white-colored hay, you’ve waited far too long & it will likely need replacing.
Be Smart When Mowing
- Regularly mowing your lawn will enable the grass to grow quicker and reduce the number of weeds in your law. Also, try not to mow when the grass is wet.
- Try not to cut your grass too short, because then you’ll have to water it more, which we now know isn’t the best thing for it. Most people follow the ⅓ rule, which means you should only cut about a third of your grass at one time; some people will cut half but never go beyond that.
Be Smart When Fertilizing
- A great way to naturally fertilize and reduce waste is to keep the grass clippings on the lawn after you mow. A bonus, this will free up time you would usually spend bagging the clippings.
- Try not to use various fertilizers on your lawn based on labeled promises alone. Figure out which fertilizer your lawn needs by testing your soil at least once every two years. You can also click here to learn more about fertilizers.