Most homeowners want a beautiful green healthy lawn framing their home. Having the best lawn in the neighborhood ensures that all of your neighbors will envy your landscaping skills. If you want the greenest, healthiest lawn in your neighborhood, look no further than these six do’s and don’ts.
1. Do aerate your lawn
Aerating is the process of puncturing your lawn’s soil with small holes, which keeps the soil from compacting. The holes also allow water, nutrients, and air to get to the roots making them grow more deeply. Deeper roots yields a stronger lawn.
2. Don’t cut too short
If you consistently cut your grass too short, it will affect the root growth and also makes your lawn susceptible to weeds. Over time, cutting off too much of the grass will deplete its energy reserves and the lawn will starve. This situation weakens and will ultimately kill the grass. As a rule, no more than a third of a single grass blade should be removed during a single mowing.
3. Do change your mowing pattern
Did you know grass develops a grain based on the direction you cut? The grain continues to lean in the direction you mow long after you’re done. It’s important to alternate your patterns so the grains are more upright. This mitigates ruts in your lawn.
Additionally, following the same tracks each mow will pack the soil particles tightly making it hard for air and water to reach the roots. So, make sure you alternate patterns each mow!
4. Don’t bag your clippings
Many people fall into the trap of bagging their grass clippings and removing them from the lawn. But when you leave the clippings, they will quickly decompose. This returns nutrients back into the soil. Also, since the clippings are mostly made up of water, they’ll release water back into the soil. By keeping the clippings on your lawn, you’re helping the grass to grow thicker and greener!
5. Do sharpen your mower blade
When your mower blade is dull, it merely tears the off the top of the grass blade. Whereas a sharp mower blade cuts grass cleanly allowing for the grass to recover more quickly. This reduces the likelihood of parasites or diseases penetrating your lawn. It also decreases damage and stress, creating a healthier lawn.
6. Don’t skimp when watering your lawn
A green and healthy lawn needs deep watering using the proper sprinklers for the location. Lawns generally require 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week applied over 3 to 4 day intervals. How much you need will depend on the temperature, type of grass and soil conditions.
The best time of day to water is in the morning when water pressure is higher and less water is lost to evaporation. Worst is at night. Lawns that stay web overnight could develop mold or other diseases.
Follow these six tips to produce a healthier, green lawn. And you’ll be well on your way to being the envy of all of your neighbors.