Lawn Care Tips For Beginners
Many new homeowners are delighted when their dream of a lush green lawn eventually comes to fruition. But unfortunately, most of them know little or nothing about lawn care. Everyone wants alone that is soft under your foot feeling when you walk on their lawns. But maintaining this is difficult lawns require patience and consistent care. Here are some lawn care tips for beginners.
#1 Top dress your lawn at least once a year
Most experts will tell you after a long hard summer your lawn will need a little TLC, applying a high quality top dressing will help maintain the quality of your lawn’s topsoil and overtime protect the whole lawn. Contact any of your local topsoil companies and they will supply you with a high grade topsoil. You usually need about 2kg per sqm of lawn, the aim is to spread this soil on top of the existing soil and rake it into place.
#2 Change your mowing patterns
If you consistently cut your lawn in the same pattern, it will develop a memory of its own and the grass will fall in the direction you cut, it the vast majority of the time. Because lawns become very familiar, most beginners follow the same mowing routine every tine. We follow the same path, trying to get the lawn cut as quickly as possible. Not only will this cause your grass to grow in one direction, it will also create ruts from the wheels of the mower. The easiest way to prevent both things happening is to move in alternate fashions and to switch up your patterns this will create a more even better looking lawn.
#3 Keep the mowers blade sharp
Another common mistake that beginners make is that they don’t sharpen their blade more often. Don’t be fooled into thinking just because your blade cuts your grass that it’s sharp. A dull blade will rip to grass as well, but it will usually miss as many as it cuts. Sharp blades sever the grass evenly and eliminate any strays.
#4 Have you heard of corn gluten meal?
Probably not, and until I started in the lawn maintenance business, I didn’t know what it was. Applying corn gluten meal to your lawn will stop weed seeds germinating, it also has a high nitrogen content, and this allows it to work as a natural organic fertilizer. Making it a safe alternative to many of the chemical-based products on the market.
#5 Always cut at a suitable height
The root systems of your lawn’s grass will be as long as the grass is high. In other words, if you are determined to cut your grass tightly to avoid having to cut it more often, you will cause more harm than good.
Keeping your grass around 3in height is a healthy option. Another tip is that you should never remove over 1/3 of your glasses height in a single cutting. This will significantly weaken the grass and make it more susceptible to disease and drought. If you let your grass grow too long. Do yourself a favor and cut it twice.
#6 Grass should be mulched occasionally
Now I’m not trying to tell you to run out and buy a new mulching mower, but despite what you’ve heard mulching is great for lawns. Instead, talk to your manufacturer and source a specialized mulching blade. These blade’s work by chopping the initial part of the grass blade into several pieces resulting in tiny pieces of grass being spread around your lawn. This grass helps by adding much needed nutrients as they decompose. Mulching also helps your lawn retain water.
#7 More water, less often.
If you over water your lawn all you’re doing is making your grass’s root system dependent on the water to provide. Keeping it shallow, this makes your grass a far more susceptible to diseases and also encourages weeds to grow. The solution to this problem is easy, water for longer and and less often, this will train your grass to grow deeper root systems to help me stay green and healthy even in times of drought.
#8 Never cut wet grass
On top of being messy and difficult to cut wet grass quickly clogs your mower. This mess can cause oxygen and water being cut off to areas of your lawn as these clumps easily compact on the surface.
#9 Resist the temptation to over water
There is such a thing as over watering alone, and it’s a regular occurrence in people who own sprinkler systems. Grass performs better when it needs a little water than when it is over-watered. Only give your lawn water when it needs it. If you walk on the lawn and you can see your footprints behind you for a long time afterwards, then it means that the stalks of your grass are weakening and need to be watered.
#10 Fall and spring aeration
Getting your lawn professionally aerated every Spring and Fall will prove beneficial. An aerator uses metal spikes that have been hollowed to penetrate the surface of your lawn; these machines are usually self-propelled by using gas. The cylinder pulls a plug of soil from the ground around these plug holes then allows air water and nutrients to easily penetrate the surface of your lawn. Meaning they reach the grasses, roots keeping your lawn healthier for longer.
#11 Add a thin layer of screened compost
Screen compost is packed full of fungi, bacteria and other organisms that help keep your lawn’s soil healthy. As these worked their way through the soil they will diminish the level of compaction and improve its overall structure. This compost is organic nature will also act as a natural fertilizer. Because compaction is one of the most common problems in lawns, especially in the ones that have been using lawn tractors adding a level of compost is a brilliant solution.
We hope these lawn care tips will prove useful; we are not advocating that you have to do all of them at once, nor do we expect you to invest in any new machinery. But gradually altering your lawn care routine can quickly show the results you want and your lawn needs.