Best ways to keep a lawn looking good

Having a good looking lawn requires the right approach, the following tips fromĀ will help you achieve that good looking lawn.

Mow high

Do not cut your grass so short as this will damage the grass and will pave way for weeds to grow. If the grass is longer, then the roots will be longer. This will allow the roots to reach down for moisture during those hot, dry days. Do not chop off more than a third of the grass blade, that should be your rule of thumb. You should mow high and frequently.
Feed your lawn regularlyThe most important nutrient for your lawn is nitrogen. Microbes in the soil usually process all the nutrients in the soil and this usually takes 6-8 weeks so you need to replenish the nutrients with another feed. If you want your lawn looking green quickly, you need to use a mix of fast and slow release fertilizer. A grass that is dormant, should not be fed because they can’t take in any nutrients.

Water your lawn

The best time to water your lawn is in the morning between 6AM and 10AM. This will ensure that there is no wasteful evaporation. During a dry spell, it’s best to water deeply and infrequently, If you water your lawn frequently and shallow, then your grass will grown short roots so an inch of water a week is just about enough.

Reseed sparse lawns

If you look around your lawn and you see thin areas, you need to seed over this area in order lush it up. Thin areas and bare spots are usually left after a hot summer. The best time to reseed in the fall or early spring this because during this time, the conditions are favorable for optimal grass growth.

Eliminate weeds before they sprout

Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop the weeds from germinating. This product usually controls the weeds like crabgrass by stopping their seeds from sprouting in your lawn. The pre-emergent should be used early in the spring as this is the most convenient time.

Keep your mower blade sharp

A dull blade usually tears the grass and this makes it look rugged and not clean. A damaged grass will look yellowish and this may require more nutrients and water in order to recover. A damaged grass is also prone to diseases. After mowing your lawn, you need to take a look at your blade, if the blade is shredded or frayed, then you need to sharpen it.

Fertilize your lawn

Organic fertilizers are usually better than the synthetic fertilizers this is because they improve the health of the soil. A fertilizer bag tells you the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The percentage of nitrogen should be higher than the other two. Nitrogen is usually the most important for your soil. It’s best to fertilize your lawn once a year and during the late fall.

Make sure to follow the above tips for that beautiful looking lawn. Better be safe than sorry. Always follow the instructions on the labels and make sure to put on gloves when handling chemicals.