We all dream of having a perfect lawn where we can spend quality time with loved ones. If you’re looking to grow a pristine lawn but don’t know where to begin, you can start by getting the best grass seed for your lawn.
Here are 5 tips to growing a perfect lawn:
1. Prepare the garden and soil
Start by selecting a good place that is well exposed to sunshine and free of shades. Clear the area of stones, dead leaves and debris. Loosen the soil and measure its PH. Soils that are too acidic or basic aren’t ideal for growing a lawn, a PH of 6-7 is needed for healthy grass. Choose the type of grass you want for your lawn: either lawn seeds or turf. Add a little water, fertilizer and weed controller before planting your seeds or laying your turf.
2. Water Regularly
Water your lawn regularly to keep your grass and soil healthy. Damp soil will not require much watering as compared to soils in dry areas. Water the soil up to 1 inch deep once a week. Water in the morning before the hot sun comes up and evaporates all the moisture. Avoid watering in the evening, as water remains on the grass blade harboring pests and dew that will destroy the grass.
Add grass to the bare areas of your lawn or to areas with dead grass to have a thick lawn. Reseeding also fills the spaces between the grass which might be otherwise taken by weeds.
Weed your lawn frequently to keep away stubborn weeds that compete for nutrients with your grass. You can manually pull the weeds using your hand if they are few. You can also use chemical or non-chemical methods for large scale weeds. Avoid weed-killers before your grass is six months old. Organic corn gluten fertilizer which also kills weeds can be used during the first six months.
Fertilizers add nutrients that enhance root growth and keep your grass thicker and healthier. Always fertilize your lawn immediately after mowing to give the fertilizer time to dissolve into the soil. Natural fertilizers are friendly to your grass and to the general environment, making them preferable.
Mow only to a third of the grass’s height. Maintain your mower blades so that they are sharp to avoid making rugged edges on the grass. The rugged edges take a long time to heal. Sharpen the blade once it hits a metallic object during mowing. Sharpen the blade after four uses.Otherwise it may not cut the grass evenly.
Soil on your lawn may be hardened with constant activities on the lawn. This makes it hard for water, nutrients and air to penetrate. Aerating the soil once a year helps loosen the soil. A garden fork is used to make holes in the soil which will allow nutrients, water and air to pass through which will help your lawn grow.
8. Protect your lawn
Keep your lawn free from rocks and leaves that may damage your grass. You should also protect your lawn from damage caused by dog urine. Train your pet to defecate on a specific spot rather than all over the lawn.
Beautiful lawns are born of hard work. Cultivating a perfect lawn will add aesthetic value to your home, making it a great place to hang out.