Seven Easy Ways to Improve your Lawn

The spring season is upon us and that means you’ll want to make sure your lawn is in great shape. According to the great advice on Decor Snob, you don’t need to have a green thumb to keep your lawn looking lush and vibrant. There are a few simple things you can do to turn your front yard from a barren wasteland to a green paradise.

  1. Renewing the Soil

All plant life depends on good soil to survive. Poor soil is unable to properly retain water and

nutrients, which may stunt root growth. The biggest indicator of poor soil comes from grassless

areas in the lawn that are particularly sandy. Many nurseries have a variety of different lawn and

garden soils that have all the necessary nutrients and minerals to ensure survivability of your

lawn in the coming months.

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  1. Picking Out the Right Grass

Depending on the amount of sun your lawn gets, you will have to pick the from certain varieties of grass. Grasses such as Bermuda and Bahia, do well in sunny drought prone environments. Other grasses such as St. Augustine and Zoysia do well in partial shade. Kentucky Bluegrass, on the other hand, likes cooler environments but hates the hot temperatures associated with areas around the equator. Fescue is the opposite, and needs hot summers and mild winters to thrive.

  1. Seeding or Sod?

After you pick out the correct grass, the next decision is to choose whether you want to seed or

use sod. Both require a hardy foundation of soil and aeration of the lawn. This is best done with

an aerator, which is a device that tills the soil over with a wide length wheel made of blades. In a pinch,a rake can do the same. Sod is usually more expensive and labor intensive

than seeding, but has the benefit of having an immediate difference compared to waiting for

seeds to sprout.

  1. Water Properly

A proper watering procedure is important to keep a lawn healthy. Even the most drought

tolerant grass needs water from time to time. The best time to water would be during the early

hours, right around sunrise. Those with smaller lawns would be fine with a simple hose

attachment, while those with moderate to large lawns should use sprinklers. These sprinklers

don’t necessarily have to be complicated internal systems – they can simple ones attached to a

garden hose.

 

For better viability, timers are available that can be programmed to have the garden hose

turn on during certain times of the day. Cheaper timers are often mechanical and use an easy to

use twenty four hour system, where the more expensive ones are digital and have many more

features.

 

  1. Fertilizer

There are many types and applications when it comes to lawn fertilizer. Applications typically

come in either granules or liquids. Granules feed the lawn longer but liquids absorb faster. Soil

tests are an easy way to look at the deficiency in nutrients, but most grasses like macronutrients

such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen promotes foliage growth and color,

phosphorus helps with root growth, and potassium helps the absorption of nitrogen. Most grass

fertilizers are marked towards the types of grass they should be used with.

In order to ensure the lawn absorbs as much of the fertilizer as possible, it’s best to start

fertilizing just before the primary growing season. In areas closest to the equator, it’s best to start

in early spring. Cooler climates would benefit waiting until late spring or early summer.

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  1. Weed Control

 

For a few simple weeds that pop up here and there, you can simply rip them out at the root. For

a more intensive infestation, liquids are available in either spray containers or as hose

attachments. It’s important to make sure whatever weed killer you do get it is also not a grass

killer. Take time to look at the bottles of weed killer to ensure you are not getting something that

will kill everything in the lawn.

Also available for purchase are many weed killers that are bundled up with fertilizers. These are

called a ‘weed and feed’. These alternatives to their pure form cousins can be just as effective, just as long you are using the proper type for your grass.

 

  1. Pest and Fungus Control

 

The biggest nemeses to a healthy looking lawn are pest and funguses. Like fertilizer and weed

killers, these also have the dual applications of liquid and granular. While it varies from brand

and type, most bug killers can be used once a season. General bug killers do the job in most

situations, however in the case of things like grubs and snails, specific types of poisons need to

be used. Larger animals such as gophers, moles, and deer can be pushed away with different

types of repellant that varies from sprays, granules, or even electronic devices that emit high

pitch sounds.

 

Brown ring-like splotches or unusual growths might be an indicator of a fungus underneath your

grass. Typically these rear their ugly head during particularly wet seasons. Most fungus killers

can easily curtail these problems.

Make sure that whatever you do, you are properly following local and state laws when it comes to

the use of pesticides, fertilizer, and weed killer. Having a healthy lawn isn’t a work of magic, but

rather requires a little bit of work to start off with and general maintenance throughout the year.

No professional landscapers or magic tricks are needed to have the lush lawn you’ve

always wanted.

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