7 Tips for a Better Lawn
April is Lawn and Garden Month and we've got some great tips to help you keep your lawn in good shape this spring/summer and beyond!
Fertilization - The three main nutrients that soil needs to support grass and plant life are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
All fertilizers contain varying proportions of these vital nutrients and can create ideal growing conditions. Getting the right mixture and correctly applying it is key to proper fertilization.
Dethatching - Thatch is a layer of dead grass, weeds, and other organic material that sits between the lawn and soil. If it gets too thick, it'll suffocate and starve the soil.
Removing this layer of thatch using a dethatcher is important for water, oxygen, and nutrient absorption.
Aerating - Over time, lack of oxygen will stunt growth and kill grass and plants. Aerating the soil involves poking holes into it to welcome precious air. This can be done either manually with a pitchfork or with a mechanized aerator.
Adding Grass - To fix bare spots in the lawn, there are two options.
First, planting grass seed, which is generally easier work and less expensive but requires weeks of waiting for a fully-grown lawn. Your second option is laying sod. On one hand, it can be backbreaking work and more expensive but it will produce a new lawn faster.
Proper Watering -Watering needs vary based on grass type, weather, and the type of soil. For example, sandy soil loses water quickly, so it requires more frequent watering.
Timing also matters. Early morning is the best time to water because it gives the lawn a chance to absorb water before it starts evaporating during the day's heat.
Creating Mulch Beds - Lay mulch beds out in a zig-zag pattern to achieve a more natural look. Avoid any straight or rigid lines as they will look unnatural and forced. When planting, start with taller plants in the back row, and add shorter plants toward the front.
All plants should receive proper sunlight and be able to handle the local climate. Adding a garden stone or small shrub here and there makes a nice complement.
Mowing - When mowing, don't take off more than one-third of the blade height during any single cut. You should mow once per week unless the grass is growing really fast, in which case you may need to mow more often if you're following the one-third rule.
These tips were originally provided by Power Equipment Direct, which has launched an Ultimate Lawncare Guide with a virtual library of content on topics ranging from aerating to proper watering.