5 Tips for Growing and Maintaining a Greener, Healthier Lawn

A lush, green lawn has become nearly as much of a status symbol as owning a home in the first place, perhaps because of the time and money that goes into upkeep. In truth, there are far more practical means of landscaping your yard (such as with native and drought-resistant plants). But if you love the look of vibrant, verdant turf and nothing else will do, you need to make sure you take pains to keep your lawn from becoming an unsightly, overgrown warren of weeds and dry, dead patches of grass. Here are just a few tips for growth and maintenance that will put you on the path to a greener, healthier lawn in no time.

  1. Aerate the turf. It doesn’t matter how much you water if the soil is so compacted that the water can’t even reach your lawn’s root system. Aerating is a great way to increase saturation and uptake, ensuring that more water gets to your grass. All you need for this task is a piece of rebar and a small mallet. Then simply go over your lawn in a grid, hammering the rebar into the soil at even intervals to create holes about a foot deep to expedite the hydration process.
  2. Water wisely. You could blow a lot of dough watering your lawn and see only minimal effects if you don’t get smart about how you water. First and foremost, you should always water in the evening or in the early morning hours. In case you didn’t know, water evaporates faster in heat, so watering at noon is a waste. You might even set up a cistern to collect rain water for use on your lawn.
  3. Trim with care. Did you know that the taller your grass is, the deeper the roots will grow, helping to create a stronger and denser lawn? Although you don’t want to let your grass get overgrown, there’s no reason to shear it down to nubbins. And this can actually stunt the growth of your lawn. Your best bet is to make sure the blades on your mower are nice and sharp, then shear no more than a third of the height of your lawn at a time.
  4. Seasonal seeding. Even with proper maintenance, grass may die due to any number of factors. For this reason, it’s important to adopt a schedule for seeding that keeps your lawn growing throughout the year (depending on your climate). If you’re not sure how or when to seed, hire a reputable service provider likeĀ Stefano’s Landscaping Company to help you out.
  5. Deal with pests. There are all kinds of outside elements that might attack your lawn, including weeds, insects, animals, diseases, and more. But all can be dealt with in different ways. With proper nutrients and care you should be able to avoid most diseases that might attack your lawn. But this won’t necessarily stop weeds and other pests. And while you can certainly opt for chemical herbicides and insecticides to deal with such issues, you may want to consider the many natural alternatives available before you settle on toxic solutions.

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