12 Expert Tips for a Healthy Lawn in 2020

prosper landscaping service companyEvery homeowner is eager to have the lushest and most beautiful green lawn possible.

After all, there are few better ways to boost curb appeal and add to the perceived (and actual) value of your property.

A lovely lawn will also be something you and your family can enjoy during the spring and summer. In this article, we’ll go over some of the best natural methods for creating and maintaining a healthy lawn for your property, suggested by our experts, and based on tips from our friend Sarah at lawnchick.com.

Boost the Soil Quality

You need to test the pH of your soil.

In our view, it should ideally be between 6.5 and 7.0. This is just slightly acidic. If your soil is too acidic, you’ll require a little bit of lime. You can add sulfur to soil that’s inadequately acidic.

You can find kits to test pH for as little as $15. These kits should also test nutrient levels in the soil. You could alternatively have a professional test your soil. Call your extension office first. They frequently offer soil testing for free, and it’s something we can do for you as well.

The best kind of soil for growing grass is generally loamy with a mix of silt, clay, and sand. If there is excessive clay in a soil mix, it can interfere with nutrient and air flow. Heavy use of soil can cause this, too.

One great way to improve your soil quality is to use grass clippings and compost.

This will help with all types of soil. If your soil has too much clay, it will help to lighten it. It creates humus within sandy soils, and this means that nutrients and water will be better retained.

You could also invest in a lawnmower that has mulching attachments. This will further cut up the clippings and disperse them over your lawn as you cut the grass.

Aerate Your Lawn’s Turf

If you have compacted soil or soil that is high in clay, your lawn will do better if you aerate it once a year.

Remember that in healthy soil, half of the space should be pore space. This lets better air, water, and nutrient circulation.

Water more wisely

Watering is important. It’s necessary for the development of deep root systems in your lawn.

This means that the grass will be more resilient and more resistant to drought. Try not to re-water before your lawn has dried out. Early in the morning is the most effective time to water.

Select a Locally Adapted Grass

Each type of grass is different in the kind of climate it does best in, as well as the nutrients and water that it requires.

To find out which grasses that will thrive in your area, inquire at a garden center in your area, or contact us.

Don’t Mow Your Grass too Short

seasonalWhile it’s important to mow your lawn frequently, don’t let it get too short in length.

When grass is too short, the roots can get exposed. This means that drying out will happen quicker, and that there is a reduction in surface aeration.

It’s best not to remove more than one-third of the length in any single mowing session. A height of between 2.5 and 3.5 inches tall is optimal for the majority of turfgrass species.


Embrace the Wonder of O
verseeding

Overseeding the lawn is the process of putting grass seed on existing grass. This can be useful in filling in patchy or thin parts of the lawn.

If you live in a cooler climate, overseeing can be carried out in fall and spring, when the soil is sufficiently warm for the kind of seed you have chosen. If you live in a warmer climate, between late spring and the middle of summer is the optimal time to put in warm season grass.

Install Pathways in Parts of Your Lawn that Have High Traffic

When a certain area of lawn is walked on very frequently, it tends to get worn and compacted. This is why it’s more effective to make these parts of your lawn paths. Paths can be made of gravel or paving stones.

Use Corn Gluten Meal in Your Soil (Yes, Really)

Corn gluten meal not only provides nutrition for grass by making the soil for nitrogen-rich, but also stops numerous types of weed seed from germinating.

Whenever Possible, Avoid Mowing Grass When it is Wet

Mowing wet grass can result in a very uneven line to the cut of the grass.

Avoid Using Chemical Lawn Fertilizers

Even if your soil is already very high quality, using chemical lawn fertilizers can interfere with necessary microbes, destroy the soil structure, and make it difficult for earthworms to live.

Keep an Eye on Thatch Build-up

If you want to have a healthy lawn, you need to keep control over the build-up of thatch. Thatch is the build-up of above-soil runners.

The layer ought to be around half an inch for a lawn to be healthy. You can keep the thatch in a balanced state by way of natural decomposition, microorganisms, and earthworms.

If you have too much thatch, it can stop nutrients and water from getting to the roots of your grass. If you’re thinking about renting a dethatcher, however, delay that until you’ve tried to boost aeration to keep the thatch build-up in check.

Aeration helps because it carries microorganisms to the lawn’s surface. This will help to get rid of the majority of the thatch, so it pays to be patient in most cases.

Watch Out for Pests that Can Damage Your Lawn

There are several kinds of pest that can negatively impact your lawn. Watch out for parts of the grass that appear damaged.

If you think that you might have moles (you will be able to see signs of their tunnels coming up through your lawn), you can use a granular mole repellent or a sonic mole repellent to keep them away.

There are Many Natural Ways that You Can Maintain a Healthy Lawn

As we see here, there are several natural measures that you can take to make your green space as healthy as possible.

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