Follow these tips for a healthy lush green lawn:
There are few things as tranquil as walking across a healthy lush green lawn, there is simply nothing quite like it. These tips will help your lawn flourish into the envy of the neighbourhood.
Service equipment: Keep you equipment serviced and your blades sharp:
Many think maintaining garden equipment is unnecessary or too much of a hassle, but most don’t realise the consequences of dull lawnmower blades. When lawn is mowed with dull blades the lawn isn’t as much cut as it is torn or ripped. This results in a bruise on the leaf blade rather than a cut resulting in the leaf blade dyeing back from the wound. This makes the lawn appear dull and brown for some time after mowing and means that the lawn will take longer to recover struggles to thicken.
Mowing right: Many people mow their lawn too short:
A good tip to make your lawn appear more lush and healthy is to mow your lawn slightly higher, the longer leaf blades disguise unappealing patches in the lawn. As a norm refrain from cutting more than one third of the current height. This will encourage your grass to develop deeper roots which make for a stronger plant. A Longer lawn also results in more natural shade which reduces evaporation and improves soil quality.
Leave lawn clippings after mowing:
Plenty a gardener will tell you this is a sin as it forms thatch which deters water and air movement, but in actual fact damaging thatch is caused by other conditions. The truth is leaving a thin layer of clippings on the lawn after mowing will result in them decomposing and adding organic matter to the soil hence replenishing your lawn. If thatch is a problem scarify your lawn during late winter or early spring and aerate it by poking holes into the lawn with a garden fork or lawn aerator.
By watering your lawn correctly you don’t only encourage a stronger plant with a deeper root system, but you save water and thus money. The best practice is to water the lawn less frequently and to apply more water at a time, this way the water seeps deeper into the soil allowing the top crust to dry out which forces the roots to develop and grow deeper in search of water.
Another tip to a healthier, lusher lawn is to water in the morning rather than the evening or warmer parts of the day. Watering in the morning will result in minimal evaporation allowing the water to soak into the soil and benefit your lawn. Also if the lawn is watered too late in the day it may become susceptible to fungal diseases throughout the night.
Further save water and gather the nutritious alternative which is rain water. Install a rain barrel to your gutter system to further cut costs and benefit your lawn.
Generally the lawn should be fertilized from spring until autumn and much less during winter. It is said that chemical fertilisers produce quicker results, but that organic fertilisers improve soil quality rather than boost the plant itself. Whichever you choose it is vital that the dosage and application instructions are followed attentively as improper application of fertilisers almost always does more harm than good. Always remember to water well after applying fertilisers to avoid your grass being “burnt” by the fertiliser. A good lawn fertiliser has higher Nitrogen and Potassium levels (These are first and third of the three numbers typically found on fertilisers.)
Smaller lawns make for easier maintenance:
Larger lawns are not only more expensive to maintain, but they drink allot of water meaning they are harsher on the environment and don’t allow for as much attention to detail. One way of reducing your lawn is by adding more garden beds. Plant fast growing indigenous trees and perennials. These will require less water and maintenance and they will attract wildlife to the garden while they add some colour and much needed shade which shields your garden from evaporation.
Sow seed into bear patches and level the surface:
There are few things as eyesore as a bare brown patch in the lawn. Cultivate bare patches by tilling the surface and adding some compost and bone meal, level the surface with a rake and remove any clumps. Evenly sow the seed over the surface, lightly cover and carefully firm the seed into place. Water well after sowing and only mow once well established. In time this will form a uniform lawn and help deter weeds.