Gardeners know that being in the garden is not always about keeping the flowers and plants beautiful. It’s also about maintaining the lawn that surrounds those colorful flowers and plants. Because the lawn is an extension of the garden, it requires just as much love and care. Below are a few tips to keeping that lawn picture perfect.
In today’s water conscious society, going brown is commonplace. But for those that love that gorgeous green grass, the average lawn can last up to three or four weeks without water. Optimally, the lawn should receive about an inch or two of water, whether via irrigation or rain every week. Soil conditions will dictate this theory, so be sure to check what type is underneath that green grass so as not to over or under water. Temperature is also a factor. Like humans, hot and dry weather will cause grass to need more water. Be consistent with the watering and give that starving grass a good weekly soaking.
When mowing the lawn, refrain from cutting the grass too short. Keep it two to four inches tall (effectively cutting off the top third) will provide shade to the soil and reduce evaporation of that precious water. Also a higher cut lawn reduces the possibility of weeds creeping through and destroying that pristine look all gardeners strive to have. Mowing regularly helps to maintain visual consistency and promote a healthier grass by allowing the clippings to drop down into the soil to give it nutrients.
There is no right or wrong way to fertilize the lawn. Think about trying a slow-releasing variety that will give the grass a steadier supply of food. Also, be sure to feed the lawn while it is actively growing. Check which type of grass that is planted and follow the fertilizing schedule suggested. Spreading out a layer of fertilizer at the wrong time during the growing season could potentially damage the roots. Always remember to follow up the fertilizer with a good dose of water so grass roots can start absorbing those nutrients it desperately needs.
Staying true to a simple and consistent schedule will help maintain that immaculate looking lawn which in turn enhances the beautiful garden one has worked on all year. Keep the height of the grass the same to provide enough shade so that when it comes time to fertilize and water, the nutrients will get right to the roots and allow the lawn to flourish. And if needed, repair those barren spots with either sod or grass seed. A picture perfect lawn will always enhance that beautiful garden.
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