Like most parts of the garden, your lawn will retain its beauty if you carry out small maintenance actions on a regular basis.
A well-looked-after lawn can be a real highlight of your home, helping to increase the curbside appeal and giving your family somewhere picturesque to relax. Here are five ways to keep your lawn looking beautiful.
Rake it regularly
This is particularly important in the autumn months when leaves are falling from the trees.
Raking leaves off the lawn might seem like a chore that you can leave, but it does serve a purpose. When your lawn is covered in leaves it prevents sunlight from reaching the grass, which means that it won’t grow as well.
The act of raking will also remove dead thatch from the surface of the lawn, which can be damaging.
Mow it regularly
Mowing your lawn will immediately make it look neat and well cared for, therefore increasing the aesthetic appeal of your home.
However, there are reasons to mow your lawn beyond the aesthetic. Mowing your lawn regularly, around once a week, and to the correct height, will help to keep the lawn’s root system healthy and improve the density of the grass.
It’s recommended that you mow your lawn to a height of around three inches. If you don’t fancy pushing a lawn mower around yourself, you could always consider using riding lawn mowers to make the job easier and more fun!
Keep it hydrated
Like any plant, lawns need regular watering to stay healthy.
How much you water your lawn will depend on the season and where you live, but in general your lawn needs about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week.
You can measure how much water your lawn is getting by placing cans around and measuring how much water they have collected. You can also check to see if your lawn needs watering by looking at the soil: if you can’t easily place a screwdriver into it then it’s too dry and will need watering.
Treat bare spots
If your lawn has bare spots it can be an indicator of a problem like weeds, drought, or insect life. Alternatively, it can be caused by too many people walking on the lawn.
If you notice bare spots it’s important to determine the cause and address it as soon as you can.
If insects or diseases are the cause, you need to treat the affected area before planting grass seed. If it’s foot traffic, find a way to direct your lawn users elsewhere for a while.
Repair the bare spot by spreading a mixture of seed, mulch, and fertilizer. The mulch is particularly important because it will protect the seed from the sun and birds while also keeping the seeds moist enough to grow.
You don’t need to employ weedkiller to keep your lawn free from weeds, and in fact, your lawn will thank you for not introducing chemicals to it unnecessarily!
When removing weeds it’s important to work little and often, catching them as early as you can before they have a chance to spread. You can use tools like a sickle or a trowel, and always be sure to wear gloves.
Make sure that you get rid of the roots, and not just the leaves. Weeds have large root systems that will continue to thrive underground even if you remove the leaves.