Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Care

Ah, the luxury of having a lawn. A green space to call all your own; to have a barbecue with friends on, to lay out on and get some sun, or to even some space to plant a garden, it is a great amenity for which many strive to attain.

But once you have a lawn, proper lawn care soon takes over all those visions of how you wish to use your green space because if you don’t take care of your lawn, there will be no lawn to use. Here, to help you out, are the do’s and don’ts of lawn care to make sure your green space stays green.

The Time of Year and What You Need to Do

When focusing on your lawn maintenance, the time of year, that is the season you are in, largely determines what you actually need to do in order to properly take care of your yard.

In some locations, the temperature, including the weather, doesn’t change much over the course of a year, but in order to cover all contingencies, let’s break down the care depending on the three typical lawn maintenance seasons.

  • Spring

Basically, when the grass starts to come back to life, especially if you live in a place that gets snow. This is a great time to fertilize your lawn, but be sure to avoid fertilizing if you are facing a dry or very hot spell, as the lawn may burn where you have laid down your fertilizer.

Try aerating your lawn, a great lawn treatment plan that will help to give it a boost. When it is soft or damp punch holes into the soil to better fertilize and help oxygen to reach the roots. But be sure to not mow a wet lawn, it will only help to distribute disease or clog up your motor.

  • Summer

You will likely have to mow more frequently and pay attention to the extra growth of weeds and the presence of insect infestations. Your lawn may require some treatment, whether pesticides or other, depending on your preference and what you are facing.

When cutting your lawn, be sure to stick to the top third of your grass, because if you cut it too short it may burn and your lawn will require some repair time. Although it can be tempting to want to frequently water your lawn when it is very hot, try to follow this general rule of thumb.

Yard care requires about 1 inch of water per week, given at infrequent intervals for a longer period of time versus frequent short bursts. This lawn treatment will help to promote deep roots versus shallow roots.

  • Fall

Once the hot summer has passed, this is the best time to do some lawn repair, if needed. Eliminate any dead grass, add compost to bare areas and cover with grass clippings to avoid the soil from drying out. Purchase fertilizer that is either full shade or partial, depending on what you get at this time of year.

Be sure to rake away any fallen leaves or other debris, water more frequently to help germinate the seeds you have laid down, and lastly, take the time during the cooler weather to clean up your garden, rid it of weeds, prune your bushes, and harvest any seeds remaining from plants.

Extra Tips and Tricks

Sometimes, no matter how well we think we are doing with our lawn care, situations arise where we are unsure what to do. And before you give up and figure your yard is a lost cause, check out these extra tips to help give your lawn a little tender treatment.

  • Don’t mow your grass too short in the summer, taller grass helps to shade roots and prevent water from evaporating too quickly.

 

  • Proper yard care requires that you do not fertilize your lawn when it is stressed, such as during a drought.

 

  • Do water your lawn early in the morning to avoid fungal diseases.

 

  • If something seems off, don’t be afraid to perform a soil test to help treat your lawn.

 

  • If you have a dog who likes to pee on your lawn, dilute the acid with some water to avoid brown, circular patches.

 

  • Don’t feel as though your fertilizer has to be bought or composed of chemicals. Mulch, grass clippings, old leaves, compost and more all work just as well and are much cheaper.

 

Having a beautiful backyard doesn’t only depend on lawn maintenance, but it does go a long way in making sure you have an attractive outdoor space. Sprucing up your backyardwill definitely play a huge role in having a pretty garden, but it’s only worth it if you have a healthy green lawn to decorate.

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