A properly cared for lawn is essential for functional and aesthetic reasons. Aside from increasing property value and curb appeal, a nice-looking landscape will make you feel proud of your home. For many homeowners, lawn care is intimidating—and while it can be hard work sometimes—there are certain easy things you can do to ensure your lawn is in its top shape.
If you’ve built your ideal outdoor space and selected the right soil and grass for it, have you thought about how you will keep it looking fresh? While there isn’t a magic formula for the perfect turf, you can do certain activities that won’t take too much time to make a huge difference. Remember, being constant is crucial for better results. A frequent maintenance routine is key to avoid having a dull, weed-infested lawn.
Do you want to beautify your landscape? Mathew’s Tree Service has compiled the best and easiest lawn care tips anyone can do.
Mow Your Lawn Regularly
On the one hand, regularly mowing the lawn will ensure the grass is even and short, so your yard looks manicured and tidy. On the other hand, routine mowing is essential to prevent debris, pests, and leaves from collecting in the turf.
The first thing to know is that it’s better to cut just a third of the grass’s length. Overcutting and undercutting can be counterproductive. The frequency will depend on the grass type, the time of year, and weather conditions. However, the rule of thumb is to mow weekly or biweekly.
- If the temperature drops, the frequency of your mowing should drop as well.
- Mowing wet grass can damage the lawn and prevent healthy growth in the future.
- If your mower has a roller, you need to alternate your mowing’s direction each time.
Water Regularly and Fertilize Twice a Year
Your grass needs nourishment to thrive. Fertilizing twice a year—once with nitrogen-rich fertilizer and once with high phosphate and potash fertilizer—will make sure your turf receives much-needed nutrients to promote leaf and root growth.
Besides fertilizing, watering is a must. However, you have to pay attention to the amount of water you’re using and the frequency. An under-hydrated lawn will lose its lively color and spring, causing a dull and flat turf. Overwatering can actually drown the grass and encourage mold growth. Water your lawn early in the morning when the temperature is cooler. Hotter temperatures evaporate the water before it reaches the roots.
Mulching Makes a Big Difference
Mulch is a layer of organic material applied to the grass to suppress weed growth, retain moisture, and keep the soil cool. Grass clippings can be recycled to create mulch so you can maintain a green and healthy lawn.
With mulching, the texture and content of the soil are improved, significantly reducing thatch.
Organic mulch includes leaves and grass clippings, sawdust, dry leaves, wood chips, and paper. While you have inorganic mulch available as well, organic matter decomposes and enriches the soil.
Get Some Professional Help For Lawn Care
Your lawn deserves care from experienced landscapers from time to time. Dethatching, aerating, and overseeding your yard can be more time and energy-consuming than mowing, watering, fertilizing, and mulching. For those who want their dream lawn with some help, Mathews Tree Service offers high-quality lawn care and landscaping.