We know how much your home means to you and to add to its splendor a lush green lawn is the perfect adornment. A lawn that you can truly adore and which will be the pride and joy of your paradise can make you feel happy about it. So, good nurturing and proper care will help it stay lush and green as you want it to be. To help you with this, we’ve assembled a list of important things to have in mind.
• Cutting – Regular cutting of the lawn is important because it thickens the grass. Keep in mind the cutting technique before you start the activity. Little and often is better than all in one go. Switch directions and patterns each time you mow, so that the grass blades aren’t pressed in the same direction every time. For each cut, the rule of thumb is to shorten the grass by around half to two-thirds to approximately 5 centimeters. Since it withstands periods of drought better, you might want to keep the grass a little longer in the middle of the summer.
• Fertilizing–Cutting leads to removal of nutrients from grass. These nutrients need to be replaced in order to achieve healthy growth of the grass. So, from the beginning of spring, you should fertilize your lawn every four or five weeks. Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorous are necessary for fertilizing. You can also avail mixes of special lawn fertilizers which are readily available at your local garden retailer. Follow the directions to use and use the specific quantity mentioned on the package.
• Test the soil and apply fertilizer – Check the acidity or alkalinity of your lawn’s soil by performing a soil test. If the soil is slightly acidic, raise the pH level by using a drop spreader to add pulverized lime to the lawn. To lower the pH of moderately alkaline soils, add organic material, such as, peat moss. For soil with extremely high pH, amend it with sulphur or iron sulphate.
• Watering –Watering is a vital part of gardening if you want a lawn that is lush and green. How often you need to water your lawn depends upon temperature and humidity. When the grass needs water, it will begin to take on a blue-gray tint, and the older grass blades on the lawn will begin to curl up or wilt. If you need a new lawn, you will usually need to water once a day so the seeds can germinate and a good solid root system can form.
• Weed Control–Controlling weed growth in your lawn needs persistence and right technique. A lot of weeds can be removed using mechanical means. Smaller weeds (veronicas or white clover) should be removed with a manual scarifier, used often in order to disturb them and preventing growth. Daisies and dandelions should be removed with a root weeder and it’s very important to get as much of the root as possible in order to prevent the regrowth.
• Watch the calcium intake – Up to 90% of common lawn weeds are linked to a lack of calcium in soil. Ideally, you should have a calcium-to-magnesium ratio of 7 to 1. If yours fall short of that target, spread high-calcium lime over your lawn, which will boost its ability to absorb nitrogen and synthesize proteins, thus robbing weeds of food.
• Scarifying and Aerification – The grass roots need air in order to be able to breathe and grow. The soil of a lawn is often not sandy enough for the roots to get enough air resulting in stunted growth. With the help of a simple digging fork you can stamp holes into the lawn and fill them with coarse sand. This allows water from the surface to flow away and also provides the roots with oxygen. In order to clear away dead roots and other debris you might want to scarify your lawn. By removing the lawn thatch you provide more breathing space for the lower parts of the grass and help the stems grow better.
• Beautify your lawn with wild flowers
– Moving from pure grass lawns to wildflower lawns requires an initial effort, as you dig up all or some of the lawn and plant the seeds of flowering lawn weeds. If you want to plant wildflowers on your lawn, experts suggest that you plant the seed on top of your existing grass. Pick a site with moderately fertile earth, an excellent sward structure and very limited amounts of perennial weeds or vigorous grasses.
This is a small effort on our part to help you get some initial ideas on how to have a beautiful home lawn. We hope that if you follow the given tips your dream of having a lush green beautiful lawn is not too far.