Spring has sprung and it's time to make your lawn the envy of all your neighbours. Luckily, keeping your lawn looking luscious and green does not have to take a huge amount of effort. We're here with 5 easy tips to help you keep your lawn bright and beautiful all summer long.
Regular cutting is an important step when maintaining your lawn, not only does it keep things looking tidy but it also helps to thicken the grass. Be sure to mow at a higher level (6 - 8 cm) as well to promote growth, prevent weeds, and discourage pests! There's also a simple technique to follow when mowing your lawn: little and often is better than all in one go. For each cut, the rule of thumb is to shorten the grass by around half to two-thirds. Each time you go out to cut, switch directions and patterns so that the grass blades aren't pressed in the same direction every time. You can leave your grass longer in the middle of summer to make sure your lawn withstands periods of drought better.
Although regular mowing is necessary, cutting your grass will removes nutrients from the lawn. These nutrients have to be replaced in order to achieve that strong, healthy growth you've been looking for. It is actually recommended that you start fertilizing now, at the beginning of spring, and maintain a schedule of fertilising every four or five weeks. When shopping, look for mixes of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus in your fertilisers as these are necessary components. It is important to note that every package of fertiliser should have a "how much to use" section carefully indicated in order to avoid over-fertilisation.
If you want a lawn that is lush and green all summer, watering is important. Of course, how often you need to water your lawn will depend on the varying temperature and humidity throughout the seasons. Keep an eye out to see if your grass begins to take on a blue-gray tint, and the older grass blades on the lawn will begin to curl up or wilt; this means your lawn needs water! Landscaping experts agree that the best time to water your lawn is between 6 and 10 a.m. because it will have the entire day to dry. If you don't have the time in the morning you can also can also water between 4 and 7 p.m. to achieve the same thing. Avoid watering your between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. because it's the hottest part of the day and most of the water will just evaporate. Luckily, nowadays watering your lawn can be achieved with a minimum of hassle using automated sprinklers where all you have to think about is programming and placing the sprinklers.
This may seem like the most frustrating part of lawn maintenance but, with persistence and the right technique, the battle against weeds in your lawn can be won. The best part about it is that a lot of weeds can be removed using mechanical means, meaning you don't have to rely on potentially harmful herbicides. Smaller weeds should be removed with a manual scarifier, used often in order to disturb them and prevent growth. Daisies and dandelions should be removed with a root weeder; be sure to get as much of the root as possible in order to prevent the re-growth of these particular weeds!
Grass roots need air in order to be able to breathe and grow; unfortunately the soil of a lawn is often not sandy enough for the roots to get enough air which can result in stunted growth. If you find that your lawn doesn't seem to be growing this may be your problem. Buy a simple digging fork and some coarse sand; as you begin stamping holes into the lawn fill them with the sand. This will allow water from the surface to flow away as well as provide the roots with oxygen. Consider scarifying your lawn in order to clear away dead roots and other debris. Removing the lawn 'thatch' will provide more breathing space for the lower parts of the grass and help the stems grow better.
With all the plans you have for the great weather it's good to know that lawn maintenance will not be taking up too much time. If you stick to these quick tips, you can rest easy knowing your lawn will thrive this summer; getting all the nutrients, air and water it needs. Be sure to follow Marina Homes on Facebook to keep up with our blogs!