Get Rid of Pests
Pests and weeds are obviously unwanted in the lawn as they not only spoil the look of the lawn, but if left unattended can start to take over your lawn entirely. There are herbicides that are available to treat for pests and weeds. However, always make sure that you use these with care.
Compare your lawn type with the herbicide you intend to use. Use a small amount of the chemical to avoid harming other plants or even little kids. Take care not to apply it on other plants close to the lawn.
Regularly Mow Your Lawns
Mowing your lawn benefits more than the aesthetics of your lawn (though it is, of course, also an important factor). In fact, it is for “health” reasons that you ought to do so. First, lawn mowing would remove unwanted weeds that grow in the lawn. Furthermore, an even lawn would entail easier penetration of water, fertilizer and other minerals into the roots of the grass.
It can be hard to find the ‘right’ schedule for mowing your lawns. You just have to observe how fast your lawn grows and respond to this, to keep it at the desired height.
Fertilize Your Lawns
Fertilizers are the nutrient-filled food that can keep your lawn healthy and sunny-looking. It is suggested that lawns be fertilized once every 8 weeks, however, this may vary according to the weather and the type of lawn that you have.
Take note that you do not over feed fertilizer to your lawn. This can be unhealthy for the lawn and can have a ‘burning’ effect on the lawn. It can also contribute to pollution when excess fertilizer flows off to rivers or watersheds as run-off.
Expose Your Lawn to Sunlight
Plants need sunlight to grow: this elementary knowledge can be complemented by the fact that different grass types have different needs. Some grasses tend to grow when they are always exposed into sunlight. Other types of grass tend to get dry easily with too much sun and would enjoy a bit more shade and cool weather.
Water Your Lawns Right!
As with sunlight, water content also varies for each grass type. The general rule is to adjust your sprinklers such that more water is given during dry or summer seasons. On the flipside, less water can be given to your lawns during winter or cold seasons. Too much water might drown your lawn (and not to mention make it muddy and squishy) and even make it fragile or prone to breakage. To avoid this, make sure to regulate your water distribution.
As a final reminder, take note of the type of lawn you own for this will dictate how you care for it. For example, grass that is native to a region would thrive in this same region better. Durban grass, native to Australia, would have difficulty growing in areas with potential frost. On the other hand, the Kikuyu grass from Africa can endure even the harshest summers.
How do you find out your lawn type? Observe the leaf patterns and texture as well as the soil texture. From this, research on the sun requirements, ideal season and shade tolerance that can best fit your lawn. Care for the unique individuality of your lawn and you will soon find yourself a lawn you can be proud of.