It can take a good deal of time and energy to have perfect grass. You might be looking out your window at your patchy and overgrown lawn, wondering what you can do to make it look better. There are many elements that go into having and maintaining a pristine lawn, but if you put in the effort and time, you can achieve this quite easily. You should start with choosing the right grass for your area, or it may never grow properly. Maintaining it is then an ongoing job, so understanding the fundamentals is crucial.
The following are 4 key lawn care tips for the perfect grass:
Remove weeds from your lawn
Weeds can appear around the edge of your lawn, or even in the middle. There are a few ways in which you can remove them, depending on how much time you have and how quickly you want them gone.
If you want them removed immediately and have some time to spare, it’s best to do it by hand. You can easily add this into your lawn care routine. It’s recommended to use a trowel to help you pull them out. The weed may come back if roots were left behind, so ensure to remove all of them. You may then fill in the empty hole that’s left with some soil and grass seeds, if the weed is in the middle of the lawn. (1)
Using weed killer may save you some time, but it tends to takes a good while longer. This usually comes in the form of a chemical liquid, that you can spray onto the weeds to kill them; the process may take up to a few weeks to work.
Mow the grass
An overgrown lawn can look messy, so it’s important to mow it with a mower or a trimmer. You’ll want to do this more often in late spring, and throughout summer. This will promote healthy growth, and allow you to spot any weeds as soon as they turn up.
There’s a lot to remember about mowing your lawn to keep the grass looking perfect. It’s important to sharpen your blades, to keep the cut as clean as possible. You also don’t want to cut your grass too short, as this can lead to a patchy lawn. You should try to mow on dry days instead of wet, because water weighs the grass down, making it hard to cut straight. When it’s not weighted down, it will likely end up longer in some areas when it dries.
However, it’s important not to over-mow, because this can lower the biodiversity and introduce pests, such as herbivorous beetle larvae. Make sure only to mow when your lawn actually needs it. (2)
Water your lawn
Watering is an essential part of maintaining or establishing a lush, grassy lawn. To water properly, you’ll need to know what sort of grass you have, as each type requires a different level of water. Once you know how much water it needs, you’ll be able to work out how often you need to provide it.
It’s best to water in the morning so that it has all day to dry, and won’t be sitting in a puddle of water, which can lead to an array of problems. You should also keep an eye on the weather; you don’t want to water in the morning if it’s going to rain in the afternoon, for instance. If you don’t have the time to water your lawn as much as it needs, you might find installing a sprinkler system to be an easier way to do it.
Fertilize the grass
Fertilizing your lawn gives it the nutrients that it needs to grow healthily. Over time, the nutrients that the soil had becomes used up or washed away, so it’s important to fertilize regularly. There are many types of fertilizer, and whichever one you need will depend on where you live and what sort of grass you have.
Fertilizers are often very strong, and over-use can actually end up killing the grass; following the instructions carefully will help you to avoid this. When choosing a fertilizer, you’ll want to confirm that it has the ingredients your grass needs, and won’t cause harm to pets. There’s also a wide price range, so make sure to shop around and find the perfect one for you. (3)
Everyone is able to have perfect grass growing on their lawn, and following these care tips will help you to achieve that. Removing weeds and mowing regularly will keep the lawn looking good and growing well. Watering correctly will stop it from drying out, and using a fertilizer will give it all the nutrients that it needs. You may want to create a lawn care routine or schedule, to ensure that everything is done correctly and that nothing will be forgotten.