A soft, nice looking grass lawn is a wonderful thing, and it doesn’t have to be out of reach. Here are some simple recommendations to keep your grass looking good.
Stop weeds from gaining a stronghold in your grass before they even germinate by using a pre-emergent herbicide. This type of product controls the unwanted plantains, as well as other hard-to-destroy weeds, by stopping their seeds from growing in your lawn. Use a pre-emergent early in the spring.
Broadleaf weeds are the big weeds that are immediately obvious in your grass: the bright-yellow faces of dandelions (and their scatter-in-the-wind seeds), white-flowering clover and big-leaf plantain are all pretty visible. To treat, apply granular weed control products. If there are just a few offenders, you can remove them by hand.
If you cut your grass short it may seem like a time saver, but this can damage your grass as well as allowing weeds to set root. Keeping your lawn a bit taller results in healthier grass. The general rule of thumb is: Never cut off more than a third of the grass blade.
A dull blade tears the grass, resulting in a ragged edge that makes the overall lawn look grayish brown. Sharpen or replace the mower blade when it shows signs of wear — or at least once a mowing season.
The best time to water your lawn is the early morning because the sun will help dry the grass. Night-time watering can result in prolonged moisture on the blades, which can open the door for some diseases. It’s better to water less often but for prolonged periods. Just wetting down the grass isn’t watering the grass. You need to soak the lawn so the soil moisture goes down several inches.
What type of nutrients does grass like best? Nitrogen is the most important nutrient. Look for a mix of fast- and slow-release fertilizers that will green up your lawn quickly, and feed it over time. Don’t feed dormant grass (drought can cause grass to go dormant in summer) because it can’t take in nutrients.
If you have animals that frequent your garden, your grass will show it. Large yellow and dead patches in your lawn will be giveaways. The nitrogen in animal’s urine causes it. Encourage your dog or cat to use just a single location. Make a gravel or other area a place where they can do their business without ruining the grass.
Train your animals in the same way you house-trained them. Walk them out to the area you want them to use and use treats to reward good behaviour.
If your lawn is a little thin in areas, you can seed over the area to help lush it up. Autumn is the ideal time to reseed cool-season grasses. Plant warm-season grasses in late spring.
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