A luscious lawn filled with green grass is always going to impress your neighbors and set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood.
And at times it can seem like all your hard work is giving you no results.
But I’m here to help with some tips to keep your lawn looking fresh.
1. Feed Your Lawn
Before you can get started, you must know what your soil’s nutrients are and what the pH levels are. You should test your soil every two years to know this information. You can find kits to test your soil online. You should try to test your soil in the fall.
Now that you know your soil’s needs, you can feed it. You should purchase a fertilizer that is best for your soil. This fertilizer should be slow-releasing. This will allow the soil to absorb the nutrients over time.
Before you put your fertilizer down, you should aerate the lawn. You can purchase a tool to do this for pretty cheap. This tool will just put small holes into the surface of your lawn. This will allow the nutrients, water, and air to get deeper into the soil. Make sure you are aerating the lawn in the spring and fall.
You can now fertilize your lawn. Make sure you are fertilizing in the spring and fall. If you are only going to fertilize once a year, fertilizer in the fall. If you find that the pH of your soil is off, adjust it. You can add lime in the soil to raise the pH and sulfur in the soil to lower the pH levels.
2. Put Down Sod or Seed
You will first want to find a grass seed that will be best for the area in which you live. Make sure that the seed will thrive in your climate. You can purchase this at the local home improvement store or even a garden center. The same goes for sod. If you are laying sod, make sure that it is going to be a good fit for your location.
When the weather gets cooler, this is when you should seed. You can fill in patchy areas or seed a whole yard. The seeds will sprout best during the cooler times such as spring and fall.
Make sure that you are not overseeding your lawn. You also want to make sure that you are putting seed evenly throughout your yard. You should have about fifteen seeds per square inch. If you are putting too much seed, it can cause problems with growth.
3. Water Properly
You should water your newly seeded yard twice a day. If you are unable to water twice a day, at least make sure you can water once a day. You want to keep the soil moist until the seed sprouts.
You should try to water deeper and this will allow you to water less often as well. You should water your yard for thirty minutes and then take a spade and see how far the water has penetrated. You want about four to six inches deep.
You should water the grass in the morning. This is the best time because the sun is not beating on the grass and the temperatures are still mild. This allows the ground to absorb the water and less of it is being evaporated.
4. Mowing the Lawn
Make sure that when you mow your lawn, the blades are sharp. Dull blades can cause your grass to be brown and ragged.
When you cut your grass, switch directions every time you cut. This allows you to not compact your soil. Plus, when you mow do not mow too short. Your grass should be between three and three and a half inches.