Grass grows everywhere, except when you want it to. If you’re finding that your lawn is looking a bit sparse or you’re getting overtaken with weeks, then you may need to give it some TLC. From over-compacted soil to a lack of nutrients, there are several things you can do to improve the health of your lawn.
Avoid compacted grass.
If you find that you’re getting lots of bare patches in your lawn, it may be due to over-compacted soil. You’ll also notice that the lawn will turn to mud in the winter if this is an issue. This prevents the roots from being able to grow properly, and the grass, in turn, won’t grow. To fix this, take a pronged garden fork, and go around the garden pushing the fork into the soil and lifting it slightly. This will work to aerate the soil and will help the grass find room to grow.
Edge for a clean-looking lawn.
You’ll find that as you mow the lawn, the sides and corners won’t cut in the defined lines that make a lawn pleasing to look at. To fix this, you need to edge the lawn, which can be done with either a pair of shears or can be done carefully with a trimmer. If you find that your lawn and the rest of the garden are getting too much to take care of, we do recommend hiring a professional such as MyLawnCare to come from time to time. Often, when you have your garden looked after even just once a month, you’ll find that it’s much easier to manage between visits.
Fertilizing the lawn for a healthy look
Many people don’t realize that grass needs fertilizing just as much as any other plant. If the grass is looking a bit on the sad side, it may just need a quick feed. If you have a smaller garden, you can do this by hand by simply scattering the fertilizer as evenly as you can. If you have a larger lawn, then think about investing in a wheeled fertilizer with a hopper you can add the feed to. Try to fertilize just before the rain, as the water helps make sure the feed gets to the roots. If you’re in a dry spell, water the fertilizer by yourself as this will make all the difference.
When mowing the lawn in the summertime, try to leave it a bit longer at about 7 centimeters or 3 inches. This will help with the health of the lawn and will stop moss and other weeds from growing. We recommend that you mow the lawn at least once a week, and then about twice a month in the spring and autumn seasons. By mowing often, you’ll encourage the grass to spread out and fill the gaps, as well as keep a neat-looking garden. Make sure to service your mower and keep the blades sharp to make the job as easy as possible.