The ideal lawn we all wish to have is thick, lush and green grass. Transforming thin and dull lawn grass is not an impossible task.
Below are tips to help you maintain a green and healthy weed-free lawn.
Feed your lawn with fertilizer pellets every six months.
Ideally, you should water the grass in early mornings and late afternoons during the summer.
Top dress the lawn every 2 or 3 years. A top dress is a mix of topsoil (very fine dirt) and sand that you spread lightly over lawn and rake. Ensure that grass pops out of the soil mix. Covering the grass entirely will kill it. Topdressing the lawn makes it a soft place to walk.
Aerate the lawn with a pitchfork or machine yearly. You can hire a machine that pumps air into the ground. This stops the ground from being rock hard and allows fertilizer to work its magic easier.
Depending on the type of grass which makes up your lawn, you may need to cut it more regularly in spring and summer. Do not let it seed as the grass will grow too long. The lawn will not be soft and full but spiky.
Do not cut the grass too short. It is recommended to select the third or fourth setting from the bottom of your lawnmower, as such a middle setting should be fine. Cutting the lawn more often but not too short keeps it healthy.
If you have a dog or a cat, try to water the spots on the lawn where your pet urinates. Urine damages the lawn and animal wastes kills the grass underneath.
If there are weeds in the lawn, you can use a weed spray but be careful as some spays tend to decimate weeds as well as grass. You can also opt for pulling weeds out by hand, which is a cheaper and safer option for your lawn.
If you have a spot where there is no lawn, you can throw some lawn seeds down. Try to put some topsoil over the seeds to prevent birds from eating them and do not forget to water them. Of course, if it has been raining, there is no need to water.
If you find clumps of grass dying for no reason, you may have lawn grubs. Lawn grubs usually migrate from a neighbor’s lawn. You can resort to insecticides, by watering it into the grass. You may also have rats or other night creatures pulling the grass out by the roots to get some water. Humane rat traps will catch the culprit. Do not use poison as kids, pets or native wildlife might feed on this lethal substance.
To conclude, as long as you keep on caring for the soil and getting rid of the weeds, your lawn will stay green and fresh. After following those tips, you will soon start getting jealous glares from the neighbors who only wish to have a yard as beautiful as yours!