Have you ever looked over at your neighbors grass and wondered why it always looks greener than yours? It’s not divine intervention: it’s how you’re managing your lawn.
Lawns are funny things. They take a lot of care and patience to get right. They also require a lot of know-how. Here we’re going to have a look at some of the things that you absolutely must do if you want to fall in love with your lawn all over again.
Cut It Often, Cut It Right
Why is regular cutting so important? The main reason is that it helps to thicken the grass and make it denser. You should cut the grass little and often rather than infrequently and by a lot. The reason for this is that when grass gets long, it also becomes more clustered. Some of the grass grows tall and strong while surrounding grass becomes weak and dies. The result? Patchy grass that looks dreadful. It’s best to keep all of your grass short so that no clumps of grass can end up dominating the rest in the battle for survival.
When you cut the grass, make sure that you leave at least five centimeters for it to come back again. If you’re cutting the grass in the summer, it’s a good idea to leave it a bit longer so that it is more resistant to drought.
Aerate Your Soil
For grass to survive, it needs access to air from the roots. Without this air, it starts to suffocate and die. The problem is that a lot of gardens have very compacted soil. This means that the roots of the grass don’t have access to the nutrients they need.
One way around this problem is to use yard aeration. This works by pumping the soil full of air, increasing airflow. If you’ve got a patch of lawn that looks dull and yellow no matter what you do, you could have an airflow problem.
Water Your Lawn Depending On Temperature And Humidity
If you want your grass to stay green, you need to water it often. But how often is more of an art than a science. The best way to know when grass needs watering is when the plant itself tells you that it does. When grass needs watering, you’ll notice that it starts turning a slight blue-grey color. It’s a subtle change, but it means that the lawn needs to be watered.
For the perfect lawn, use an automated sprinkler, letting it work its way back and forth across the garden.
Get Rid Of Weeds
Perhaps the biggest scourge on the perfect garden is weeds. Weeds, like moss, totally ruin the aesthetic of lawns and can hamper the growth of the surrounding grass. The best way to get rid of weeds is to use a root weeder to make sure that the roots are entirely removed. If plants like dandelions and daisies aren’t fully removed, they’ll grow back again. It’s a tough job. If there are too many weeds, you’ll have to resort to herbicide – but this is the last resort.