A beautifully green lawn is surely every homeowner’s dream and mind you, it doesn’t happen by itself. You can aerate, weed, water and continue to do your scheduled lawn mowing and cleaning, and yet you may still ponder—how come it still isn’t greener on your side?
There are a lot of factors to consider so you can achieve that lush carpet of green that you’ve always wanted. Here are some proven and effective tips that we have collected to help you get started:
Make Friends with Your Soil
Achieving a healthy lawn starts when you know your turf from top to bottom. Contact your local agricultural agent to have your soil tested and checked for the essentials, such as soil pH, so you are aware of the several factors affecting the life of your grass. Knowing your soil pH gives you an insight of its bacteria, structure, nutrients, even the toxicity—and this information will help you address certain issues you may find. Everything about lawn mowing and cleaning basically starts from here.
Adjust Your Cutting Height and Use a Sharper Blade
When it comes to lawn mowing and cleaning, it is advisable to use a 1 to ½ in. cutting height during the first mowing of the year. This allows you to remove dead grass that has been laying around, permitting more sunlight to set foot on your lawn. During the summer, increase the blade height by about 2 or more inches to provide more protection from the heat and reduce water loss from the soil. Don’t forget to lower the blade back to its original height (1 to ½ inch.) for the last cutting of the year.
Most importantly, always consider the sharpness and maintenance of your blade to guarantee clean and even cutting of grass. Using a blunt one tears the edge of the grass, resulting in an overall damaged lawn.
Deep and Daytime
These are the words you should keep in mind when it comes to watering your lawn. You may have heard that sprinkling your grass with a little water will do its magic, but truly, this is a common misconception that every homeowner should avoid—light sprinkling only moistens the surface of the soil, leading to shallow root growth that is susceptible to drought and other kinds of stress. If you want healthier grass (and that is why you’re here, right?) then always make sure to soak your lawn deeply—generally requiring 8 inches of water below the surface of the soil.
Carry out deep watering 2 to 3 times per week, year-round! And vow to do it as early as the morning, so your lawn can completely dry before nightfall. Leaving a wet lawn overnight allows fungus and disease to grow and spread due to prolonged moisture in the soil. Watering during the day, where it’s cooler and not-so windy, offers you the perks of savoring the peak of less evaporation—less time to water your lawn, and saving money on your water bill!
Feed Your Lawn, Not Your Ego
Grass needs to be fed when it’s relentlessly growing. Most soil does not provide the essential nutrients needed by your grass that is why fertilizers are a crucial part of its growth. It is highly recommended to look for a mix of fast and slow-release fertilizers that are rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; preferably feeding your lawn once to 4 times a year. Don’t forget that a well-fed lawn gifts you with a greener and more beautiful lawn, just the way you like it!
It’s time an ingredient rings true, most especially for giving your lawn the care it deserves. Clearly, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hours on the turf, effort to feed and water and carry out lawn mowing and cleaning, patience to witness them sprout, and extra, extra TLC! By religiously following our tips and tricks, you will definitely have the best-looking grass on the block!