Caring for Your Yard Each Week; 8 Tips for a Healthier & Greener Lawn
If you want a healthy lawn, then you will likely be caring for it on a weekly basis. Having a beautiful yard not only helps to make your property look better and gives you a sense of accomplishment, but it also is indicative of being healthy. A healthy yard requires a certain amount of work being put into it.
Some homeowners turn lawn care into an art form; with others, it’s a science, complete with chemical testing. Either way, what you put into your lawn is typically what you’re going to get out of it, so expect to work on your lawn at least every week during the growing season (which can vary depending on which part of the U.S. you live in).
Lawn Care Tips
Now that summer is here, keeping a yard which is both healthy and beautiful is all a part of staying busy and making things look good. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your experience:
- Mow your lawn on a weekly basis, at the very least. This is the generally optimal way to keep the yard healthy, and keeps it well groomed. Most grass has a certain point where it grows at a constant rate, and then quickly expands after that. Mowing on a weekly basis prevents the quick growth that comes with being unattended. It also makes it easier to take care of it in the future.
- Don’t remove more than one third of the grass at any one time. If you have let your lawn get shaggy, gradually mow it back down to normal over the course of several weeks, rather than all at once. Taking off more than one third will make your grass stressed, turning it brown.
- Keep your mower blade sharp. This provides a cleaner cut, and makes mowing easier on your lawn mower’s engine (which will help it last longer).
- Stay on top of weeds. While pulling weeds is tedious, it’s easier to do right after rain (which is when they tend to pop up, anyway).
- Remove debris, leaves and sticks. Rake away anything that blocks your grass from receiving enough sunlight. If you let leaves accumulate, then they’ll be much harder to remove when they are wet and matted.
- Set your sprinklers to water your lawn after the sun goes down. If you water when the sun is up, then a lot of the water is evaporated by the heat of the sun before it has time to sink in and nourish your grass. Watering this way not only is more efficient, but also can save you money on the watering costs.
- Fertilize, but not excessively. Fertilizing the yard is largely a matter of personal preference, but it does not need to be done excessively. Do what needs to be done to provide your yard with a boost, but do not over saturate or do it too often.
- Trim and edge. Be sure to do the final touches with each repetition that you do each week. Make sure to trim and edge to give your yard the final cosmetic touches that it needs to be truly beautiful.
Lawns can be prone to fungal growth, disease, and weed infestation. Any of these catastrophes can result in brown patches and unseemly prickly weed growth. Before your lawn turns into a brown weed patch, it’s probably a good idea to talk to a lawn care professional. Consult your local yellow pages, or ask around at the local gardening center for advice.
Of course, by taking care of your lawn properly you should be able to avoid most infestations and setbacks. And if you are on top of things, and give your lawn the attention it deserves, then you’ll be able to resolve any issues before they take over your entire lawn.
If you think that caring for your lawn sounds like too much work, you may be surprised that many of these tips require only minimal time on your part per week. The trick is to be consistent, and never let your lawn get away from you.