The Best Tips for Growing a Green Lawn
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Tips for Growing a Green Lawn
When you look at your neighbor's yard, you may be saying to yourself, "The grass is always greener on the other side." Well, he doesn't despair.
If he checks for excess thatch, gives the lawn enough water, and learns to cut and use fertilizers correctly, the grass will be greener on both sides of the fence (and maybe a little greener on its side).
Deal With Thatch
Thatch is a natural layer of near-dead grass that sits on top of the turf soil. It consists of undecomposed stems, stems, rhizomes, and roots. If the straw layer becomes about 1/2 inch thicker, it can be harmful to weeds and must be removed through a process called blooming.
If the grass thatch build-up is about 1/2 inch, you have a little grass thatch problem that is very easy to resolve. A thick layer (say 3/4 inch or more) requires the use of a center aerator or vertical mower. Both can be rented from the local rental center.
Give It Enough Water
What is the expected annual precipitation in your region? In dry climates, the installation of an irrigation system is necessary for the grass to grow successfully.
But in the hazy Pacific Northwest, it is understandable that many choose to let Mother Nature water. For most of us, the decision of whether or not to have a lawn irrigation system will not be so clear-cut.
Cost is often the main factor, but keep in mind that an irrigation system can save you money in the long run because it is more efficient than other forms of irrigation.
Whichever method you choose, your herb should have enough water on a consistent schedule to stay green and healthy. Although overwatering can cause problems, an underwater lawn lacks the vigor and stamina to compete with weeds and disease, let alone stay green.
Feed to Control Weeds
We know that we need to fertilize tomatoes in our gardens or houseplants in our windows. But it's easy to ignore the need to fertilize our lawn.
Perhaps it is because the individual herbaceous plants work in unison, together forming what we know as "the lawn." But it is more correct to think of a lawn as millions of individual plants that need to be fed regularly.
Lawn fertilization goes hand in hand with weed control. As the grass absorbs the nutrients from the fertilizer, its root system expands and begins to cover all the bare spots.
Weed seeds depend on these empty spaces to establish themselves. When you remove these stains, you are hitting the brush where it really hurts. Ideally, thanks to fertilization and other maintenance efforts, you will reach a point where your grass is healthy enough to eliminate most of the weeds.
The best way to satisfy your lawn plants' hunger is with slow-release fertilizers, which extend the feeding period and are less likely to burn your lawn than other formulas.
You can also choose to feed and control weeds at the same time, using a "weed and feed" fertilizer, which is essentially grass feed and weed poison. Remember that these fertilizers are not organic and can only be applied twice a year, normally.
Follow a Fertilizer Schedule
It is recommended to apply fertilizers to the lawn in four stages. The exact dates, of course, vary from region to region. Another factor is the type of grass you grow.
Therefore, always read package labels carefully before applying and choosing the brains of employees from local garden centers or local extension services.
As an example of a typical fertilizer program, if you live in the northeastern United States and your lawn is a cool-season herb mix, you can start by feeding your lawn in May with a product that contains a pre-emergent to prevent the growth of crabgrass.
Do this in June with another lawn fertilizer that does two activities at the same time. In this case, the other job (besides fertilizing) is controlling broadleaf weeds. For the latter, you need a product that contains a post-emergent herbicide designed to kill the weeds that have started to grow on your lawn.
In midsummer, insects and drought are two of your grass's biggest enemies. A fertilizer called "SummerGuard" to solve these problems.
It is designed to fight bed bugs and many others, including the ticks that carry Lyme disease (note, however, that to kill ticks in the shrubby areas of your garden, you will need to spray with other products). According to the company, it also improves the herb's ability to "absorb water and nutrients."
Last but not least, when winterizing your garden in fall, don't forget your lawn. It's not hard to remember which fertilizers to buy right now, because they usually have "winter" in their name.
These products are designed to help your grass build a deeper root system to withstand the winter.
But be sure to study the label on a winter bag before you buy so you can know the nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium or NPK content.
Such lawn fertilizers will not increase the winter hardiness of your grass unless they are rich enough in nitrogen. By suggesting the use of an NPK 25-5-5 (or similar) fertilizer, Nitrogen applied in the fall is the most important lawn fertilizer of the year.
For those who prefer organic gardening, compost application will be the answer (or at least a good part). If you keep your grass well-mulched, you have a better chance of getting rid of weeds (and also preventing pest invasions).
To practice organic weed control on growing weeds, you will have to resort to good hand pulling work. If you choose this path, water the area first, as weeds break out of wet soil more easily than dry soil.
Mow at the Right Height
Mowing your lawn with a lawnmower set at the proper cutting height can save you from having to pack up your lawnmower, even if you don't have mulch.
The suggested rule of thumb is: Mow when the grass is dry and 3-3-1 / 2 inches tall. Never cut less than 2 to 2-1 / 2 inches or remove more than one-third of the surface. the blade in any cut.
The point behind this mowing suggestion is that the valuable nutrients contained in cut grass can be good for your lawn, if they are left exactly where they are after mowing, as long as their volume is minimal.
By following this rule of thumb and only cutting about an inch from the top of the lawn at any given time, most grass clippings are kept low.
Following this cutting tip definitely means more frequent cuts (which also means you'll need to sharpen the blade more often). But the result will be a healthier lawn, fueled by nutrients that you would otherwise be eliminating.
Cutting a lawn that is too short can be stressful, especially in hot weather. In addition, cutting the grass stimulates growth and increases its thickness. In fact, you are "pinching" your lawn plants every time you mow, in the same way, that you pinch many houseplants or garden flowers to make them sturdier plants.
Keep in mind that with lawnmowers, you don't have to be as careful when mowing as grass clippings are ground more accurately. It works much better for those of us who don't normally walk with tape measures on our belts.
Enjoy This Video Tutorial About 8 Secrets To Keep Your Lawn Always Green And Healthy
Source: Natural Ways
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