Taking Care of Your Lawn The Right Way
The dos and don’ts of grass care and trimming, and other lawn care tips from the pros
Creating the perfect landscape takes a lot of tie, hard work, and money- but once you see that beautiful, luscious greenery that simply feels like heaven (not to mention one that your neighbors will be envious of), you know that it’s all worth it.
However, your lovely lawn won’t take care of itself. If you don’t give it the right time and attention it needs, it won’t stay beautiful on its own.
This is why, for all homeowners, regular lawn care and maintenance is important to keep everything in great condition- healthy and moist soil, lush and vibrant grass, and a clean and litter free facade, you get the picture.
If you’re new to the game, don’t you worry. We’ve got you covered- read on further to know about the best tips and tricks to taking care of your lawn the right way, so you can keep the weeds out and the grass as green as it should be.
Pluck out weeds
This is really just lawn care 101, but a lot of times, it’s easy to get lazy to do it, especially on a regular basis. Plus, not all weeds are ugly- some of them bloom into cute little flowers in many different colors.
The thing is, ugly or not, weed is harmful to your lawn because it has the capacity to prevent air and nutrients to reach the grassroots, which can lead to your lawn looking a little dehydrated and dull- or worse, even withered and dead.
Sadly, it’s close to impossible in preventing weeds from growing on your lawn, but removing them is definitely doable. You can either pluck the weeds out by your hand or by using a hand tool (making sure to remove everything including the roots), or you can spray the whole lawn with a low toxicity herbicide, especially if the problem is a bit too much to handle the good old fashioned way, or you don’t have enough time on your hands.
Clear out thatch
If you find a good layer of organic matter on your lawn, such as dead leaves, dried grass and root stems, clippings, and so on, then it’s a good sign that you need to do something. This buildup of matter in between the soil and grass leaves can easily block moisture and nutrients from getting into the soil and the grassroots.
Sometimes, this may not be as visible, but you can quickly identify whether it’s there by feeling the ground. It should feel spongy, and the area look duller than the rest of the lawn. This can be dealt with by raking the layer of mulch using any scarification tool available.
Remove the moss
If you live in an area that gets a lot of rainfall, your property is an unfortunate recipient of regular runoff, your property layout has plenty of slopes and dips, or you water your grass and plants a bit too often or too much, extreme moisture or pools of water can build up in certain areas of your lawn.
These wet areas, especially those that get a lot of shade throughout the day, has a layer of organic mulch, is prone to poor drainage, and has a high clay content in the soil, can create a buildup of moss, which can cause a host of problems.
To successfully clear up this moss, it’s not enough to dig it up. The reason behind the moss buildup must be identified so that the problem doesn’t persist.
Improve drainage and air circulation
While it’s true that your lawn must be watered often, and the soil must always be adequately moist, overwatering and pools of water is also problematic. If you believe that you are not watering your lawn too much, and still see a lot of water pools, the issue could lie with drainage.
In order to improve the situation, the cause of the issue must be identified, whether it’s your soil composition, landscaping, and so on, a.k.a. The soil permeability and the topography of your garden.
And, while you’re doing that, enhancing the air circulation on your lawn by aerating it is also beneficial for your grass and soil, because these need both water and air to grow properly.