Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Apr 29
Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Not many have the patience of maintaining a beautiful and appealing garden and lawn. While it is not exactly a difficult thing to do, you need to be patient and willing to put in some effort to achieve the look you want.

Some of my neighbors complain that it is too much work and they usually have very little lawn space, so there is minimal work involved for its maintenance, or they use a lawn maintenance service, and grumble about the expenses. But the entire work is simple, all you need to know is how to go about it. Here are some tips to help you keep a low maintenance garden and lawn.

Healthy grass

For a perfect lawn, the grass should be healthy. You need to know the soil pH level to achieve a good-looking lawn. The acidity or soil pH level is important. Even if the soil looks black and rich in mineral, it may not have the right pH level needed for the grass. Send a sample of the lawn soil to a local testing service for knowing about the pH level. If the pH is low, you can add lime to the soil or if high, you can add iron. The average pH level is between 6 and 7.2

Shady areas

Most often grass in shady areas is given more attention as it struggles to grow in such regions. There is a tendency to use more fertilizer than necessary to compensate for the loss of proper sunlight.  If you are in a region that receives very little sunlight for most part of the year, using indoor growing systems is a good choice.

Applying too much fertilizer is bad for the grass as it can kill the grass. The fertilizer and water needs of plants in shade and direct sunlight are different. Less water is sufficient for the shady areas, since the loss of water by evaporation is less, whereas for the grass present under direct sunlight, water is needed more. The fertilizer needed is also less as without much sunlight the growth is not as much.

Healthy soil for fewer weeds

Lawns, which are nutrient deficient, favor the growth of weeds. So all you need to do to avoid pulling out weeds is having a healthy lawn. To ensure a healthy lawn, test the soil for the fertilizer type and amount needed.

With the right fertilizer, the grass will dominate and eliminate the weeds helping you avoid the use weed killer in huge amounts. Whether you are growing plants outdoors or indoors, using a fertile and nutrient rich soil is important. While growing plants indoors, using fluorescent grow lights such as those at helps in boosting plant growth as effectively as under sunlight.

Another way to discourage weed growth and erosion is forming a good ground cover. The ground covers help soften patios, rock features etc., and prevent erosion in inclines. To ensure a good cover, kill the vegetation present and let it rest until it stabilizes the bank and forms mulch. Planting should be done on this dead layer. After planting, another layer of shredded bark or some other mulch should be placed to retain moisture. This also reduced weed growth, while the ground cover is formed.