Don’t you just love walking on your lawn barefoot? Trust me, everyone does! A stroll in your yard after a heavy meal or just wandering in there thinking about life or just lazing in, a lawn is your go-to spot in many ways. An add on to maintain your yard is the financial value it brings when you are planning to sell your property.
If you prudently maintain your lawn, it almost guarantees an equal or more value than you invest in it.
In this article, we bring you some essential tips to maintain the beauty of your lawn in all the changing seasons.
Early Days Of Spring
If you are well-prepared for your job, it will run smoother and better, and this notion applies to the task of lawn maintenance as well. Fine-tune the gardening chisels such as the mower blades so that you are left with clean-cut grass. If you use a blunt blade, it shreds the grass and makes their edges jagged, leading to discoloration of the lawn and attracting pathogens.
Keep your mower blades sharpened and also keep a backup blade that may cost about $20 handy, so that you have at least one finely edged blade at any point in time.
Fuse your mower with a fresh sparkplug ($3 to $5) and air filter. Mostly, your mower does not necessitate a new sparkplug with every changing season, but you can still do it as it is a simple task.
Invest in fresh gas, as the one left and has survived the winters might accommodate moisture which may ramify small engines majorly for ethanol fuels. Thus, utilize the basic grades of gasoline. Check out local disposal sites that get hold of old fuel for dumping old gasoline.
Most importantly, clear your lawn of leaf piles, twigs and other leftovers from the winter. If a mammoth layer of moist leaves is not immediately removed by the start of spring, it can smother a lawn. Also, if there is any debris scattered in the yard, clear them off to pave the way for sprinkling fertilizers.
Be set for your first cut as the grass now will start growing steadily—a strict No Cutting when the grass is damp as it may mushroom diseases and clog the mowers.
Fertilization: The prudent time to fertilize your lawn is fall and spring. In the northern part of the country, where winters are frosty, fertilizer is suggested during the fall as the roots preserve energy to be utilized in spring.
In an otherwise scenario, fertilize as the grass starts its active growth. To get the best results, ensure to follow all the instructions on the product. For an average ¼ acre lot, you will invest around $50 to $75 with every application.
Oxygenation: With the help of an aeration machine punch tiny holes in your lawn that facilitates water, herbicides and oxygen to reach the grass’s roots. To ensure your aeration machine’s efficient working, choose a day when the soil is moist but not overly wet.
Pre-Exigent Herbicides: These herbicides are used to shun crabgrass and other weeds from growing in your lawn. With the help of a soil thermometer ($10-$20), measure the soil temperature. As it reaches 58 degrees, spray the herbicides as it is when the crabgrass starts germinating.
Keep an eye for Grubs- If your lawn displays any signs of browning and wilting patches, it may be affected by grub worms or the initial stage of June, Japanese and other beetles, as they feed on the delicate root system of the lawn.
To be ensured that the wrong-doers are grubs, search for white colored C-shaped grubs. If you discover a number above 10 for a square foot, your lawn needs a chemical pesticide treatment.
Thoroughly follow all the instructions on the pesticide package and immediately spray the product into the soil. This might cost $50 – $75 for a single application.
Grass-cutting Hacks: You now might be cutting more than once a week owing to the rapid growth. However, ensure that you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the blade.
Stubborn Weeds: Use a garden fork to get rid of the weeds that have escaped the herbicides. Only in the worst cases, use a post-emergent herbicide.
This is the best season for mowing as the grass is taller, roots deeper, weeds fewer and the soil holds adequate moisture between watering.
Tune your mower blade as high as 3 inches.
Generally, lawns require about 1 inch of water per week. Infrequent yet deep watering is suitable for yards as it fosters root growth.
If your lawn receives water less than this, it will go dormant, but worry not as the grass is still alive. However, ensure that the property gets at least 1 inch of water every month. Once the steady rain begins, the grass will turn greener again.
Analyze the amount of water collected in a particular amount of time by scattering some pie tins around the yard. Use a rain gauge which costs around $5 to $20 to track the amount of water it receives naturally.
To shun the spread of lawn disease, clean the mower minimum once every month.
It’s OK to leave the grass clippings on the lawn as they decompose and nourish the soil, however, pull out huge clumps.
The perfect time to patch spots is when the days of summer pave the way for cooler temperature.
Pull apart dead grass and break the soil with a trowel.
Put in an inch of compost and dump it into the soil.
Then add grass seeds and spread them evenly.
With the help of a hard-tooth, dig in the seeds almost an inch inside the soil.
To preclude the drying out of the soil, sprinkle grass clippings.
Till the new seeds germinate and grow to about an inch, water them each day.
Days of Fall
The vital work here is to keep the lawn free of debris and leaves. Break up leaves by using a mulching mower and add the natural matter to the soil. However, get rid of any clumps so that they don’t destroy the grass.
This is the prudent time, in the northern one-third of the country to fertilize your lawn. The grass roots will save the nutrients, and it will be ready to stir up when the springs begin.