Thursday, January 21, 2021

How to Make your Lawn Healthier

Is your lawn looking a little brown and dry this year? This happens to many homeowners across the nation despite the climates they’re in. Without proper maintenance, grass can become unhealthy and begin to lose its luscious green appeal. If you’re struggling with a dry, brownish yellow yard, there are many ways in which you can bring it back to life! You won’t need a professional landscaper and can do many of the following without spending a fortune. In fact, it can be very economical to restore moisture and nutrients back into your grass. Here are few ways in which you make your lawn look healthier once again.

1.      Compost Kitchen Waste and Clippings to Restore Balance

One very easy way to provide nutrients and moisture to your soil is by composting. You can compost your kitchen waste and grass clippings without much effort. Grass clippings break down fairly quickly and act as a natural mulch, providing nutrients to the soil and helping grass retain water. There are many composting guides available around the web that are perfect for beginners. Not sold just yet? Composting your kitchen waste can provide benefits such as:

·         Attract worms and other beneficial organisms into the soil

·         Allows you to reduce household waste

·         Reduces soil-borne plant disease and common garden pests

·         Prevents topsoil erosion

·         Helps bring balance to most soils via pH levels

·         Improves water drainage in sandy soil and clay

Give composting a try to see just how easy and rewarding it can be for your lawn. It’s a great learning opportunity for the kids, too, which is a win-win!

2.      Cut Grass to Correct Height

Did you know that there is a recommended cutting height for grass depending on which species you have in your yard? It’s true! Knowing the right height to keep your grass will help keep it healthy. When cut too short, grass becomes weak and brittle. Check out this article from The Spruce for more on grass cutting. Learning more about the type of grass you have will help you better care for it.

You should also ensure that your grass cutting methods are spot on. Before mowing, make sure that your mower’s blades are sharp for precise cutting. Dull blades simply do not cut grass blades effectively, tearing them instead of cleanly slicing the top portions off. Other things like ensuring the lawn is dry before mowing and waiting until the grass is long enough to cut will contribute to a healthier lawn.

3.      Water the Lawn Less Often

Many believe that if they water their lawns daily for small amounts of time, they’ll become healthier. The reality here is that you are better off watering your grass less frequently. It’s important to water your grass with about an inch of water, as this will help your grass’s roots grow deeper in the soil. Maybe you already have sprinklers, which is a great start! However, they may not be able to provide farther areas of your lawn with the amount of water needed. This is where a portable garden hose reel cart will come in handy. Outfitted with durable wheels, these can be pushed anywhere necessary in your yard allowing you to water those far corners while also tending to garden vegetables, flower beds, and whatever other plant life you’re caring for.

4.      Use Natural Fertilizers Only

While there are many popular lawn fertilizers on the market today, they often use synthetic materials that just aren’t good for your lawn or the environment. It’s best to choose organic and natural lawn fertilizers to keep not only your green healthy, but the family pets and your family too. Amazon, Walmart, and other companies offer great selections of natural fertilizers that will brighten up your lawn.

5.      Aerate Once A Year

To help offset the effects of soil compaction—when soil becomes so compacted that problems arise with nutrient absorption, water, and air circulation—it’s ideal to aerate your lawn yearly. You can do this yourself with a handheld aerating tool if you have a smaller or midsize yard. By creating small holes in your soil all throughout your yard, this will greatly benefit your lawn’s health.  Worms will be able to establish themselves in the soil once again, nutrients will be better absorbed, and more. If you’ve never aerated before, you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!

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