A beautiful lawn is one of the most desired features in your garden. Having a beautiful lawn will be a great pride, joy, and asset to your property, staying lush and green if cared for properly. However, not everyone has all the time to put forth in maintaining their yard ideal for all the season. Growing a perfect lawn doesn’t have to be a full-time job. Follow these simple steps, and you will end up with a more beautiful and durable lawn, not to mention the time and energy to enjoy it.
Know Your Grass!
There are generally two categories of grass; either warm-season or cool-season grasses, regardless of the many varieties of grass seed and sod. Warm-season grasses prosper or flourish in Southern areas and grow best at temperatures between 80 and 95°F. Cool-season grasses are the best option for Northern areas, even on those with harsh winters. They grow best at temperatures between 60 and 75°F. You need to take note of its type and characteristics to identify the best grass for your area.
Pay Attention to Your Mower Blade
First off, always make sure that your mower blade is sharp. A dull blade will tear the grass rather than cut it which will result in jagged edges that invite pests and disease into your lawn. Re-sharpening after every 10 hours of use is recommended.
Next will be to set your blade to cut the grass 3.5 to 4 inches for most of the lawn growing season. This longer height shades at ground level and keeps weeds from sprouting. It also helps the grass in building up a strong root system, which eventually makes your lawn more resistant to disease and drought.
In areas where snow cover is expected, lower your blade for the last mow of the year. The shorter grass will help prevent snow mold from forming.
Alter Your Mowing Procedure
Don’t always mow in the same direction or pattern week to week. Changing both every time you mow, will keep ruts from forming and the grass from flattening on a set track. Avoid mowing wet grass as it can damage your mower and cut your lawn unevenly. It is also advisable to leave the clipping in the grass to compost, returning essential nutrients and disease-fighting microbes to the lawn’s soil.
When you want to have the best and healthy lawn, you can always consider seeking professional services to help achieve the desired results.