Summer is here, and it’s time to make sure your lawn is looking its very best. If you’re not too sure where to get started, or how to check if your lawn is really healthy, these 10 lawn care tips might be for you.
1. Use fertilizer at the right time
Fertilizing your lawn is something you should do at the beginning of spring, and towards the end of fall. If you didn’t get a chance to use fertilizer yet, wait for the end of the fall season.
2. Don’t seed your lawn more than once
If you notice some patches of lawn that are not growing, you should only seed them once. Seeding them more than once could end up damaging your soil. You will need to be very patient, and to water these patches regularly.
3. Don’t cut your lawn too short
Mowing your lawn regularly is important, but don’t cut it too short. Taller blades of grass will help your lawn stay greener and healthier, so raise your lawn mower blades as high as they can go.
4. Remember that grass clippings are not waste
Grass clippings are not waste! Distributing them across your lawn will bring some precious nutrients to the soil, so your grass will grow healthy and strong.
5. Make sure your lawn mower blades are sharp
Your lawn mower blades need to be sharp at all times. If they are not sharp enough, they will tear and damage your grass instead of cutting it. Sharp blades can make all the difference for your lawn.
6. Don’t forget to clean up leaves and debris
Grass clippings feed the soil, but leaves and debris need to be cleaned up regularly, especially in the fall. You don’t want them to stay on your lawn all winter long, because they could delay its growth when spring comes again.
7. Water your lawn early in the morning
It’s best to water your lawn early in the morning, so it can fully absord all the water before the sun starts drying it up. This habit will also help prevent fungal growth.
8. Don’t over water it
Your lawn needs at least one inch of water each week, and it’s important to not over water it. You could place a tuna can somewhere on your lawn to use it as a water gauge.
9. Always keep an eye out for weeds
Try to remove weeds as soon as possible before they can grow large roots and damage your lawn. If you have kids who love to play outside, you could ask them to keep an eye out for weeds, and to pull them out when they see them.
10. Install a few stepping stones in high-traffic areas
If your lawn is damaged in high-traffic areas, maybe it’s best to just install a few stepping stones. They will protect your grass, while adding something new and interesting to your landscape.