A healthy-looking lawn says so much about the owner of a home. If you are lucky enough to have a front yard, then make it green by growing a lawn and taking care of it.
Here are some tips on maintaining your lawn:
Mowing your lawn properly
1. The most obvious tip in maintaining your lawn is to cut it regularly. Mowing properly will dictate if your lawn will look and be healthy. Proper care will help prevent weeds and other pests from thriving in your yard.
2. It’s recommended to mow the lawn on a regular basis but most importantly to avoid doing so if your yard is wet. If it is slippery and difficult to mow, then the moisture might damage your mower.
3. Avoid letting the grass grow too long. Having too long grass will have a negative effect on the landscape of your house and will eventually lead to having a harder time mowing the lawn. Plus, there is always the risk of having pests and even snakes if you leave your lawn not properly maintained.
4. Use the highest setting on your lawnmower of around 3 to 4” tall. Lawn this tall is recommended as it shades the soil and prevents weed growth. The shortest you can cut your lawn is 2”. A “Marine cut” is when the height of your grass is less than two inches, it will become vulnerable to weed and disease.
Watering your lawn
Water your lawn according to the climate conditions. If you live in an area where the temperatures are high, then your watering schedule needs to be more consistent. During rainy seasons, then you can reduce your watering based on rainfall.
When watering your lawn, it’s recommended to water deeply which will promote root growth and make the roots harder and more resistant to drought. Water heavily at first then wait until the surface (about 2”) of the soil becomes dry, then water again. During summer or when the weather is hot, around 1.5” of water per week is needed to maintain your lawn.
If you are using a sprinkler system, you can determine the amount of water by placing a container or a cup on your lawn to collect water from the sprinklers. Measure the collected water in each container after twenty minutes of watering. Get the average of all containers then multiply the result by three to determine how many inches of water is collected per hour.
The best time to water is early in the morning. If you water during the middle of the day, the water may be lost through evaporation.
The healthiest method to nourish your lawn is to use grass clippings. You can find lawn mowers with mulching attachments which break up the grass clipping and disperse them on your lawn. They provide healthy nutrients such as phosphorus, nitrogen and water that are equal to one portion of fertilizer. To effectively use clippings, wait until you grass is around 3” tall, then adjust your lawn mower to cut 1”. When the clippings dry up, they will be unnoticeable yet they will leave the nutrients behind.
Here are some more helpful tips from the US Environmental Protection Agency.