When purchasing your home, you probably gave some thought to the lawn that exists or the one you’d need to plant and develop for a new home. In the flurry of items to take care of when moving in, the lawn probably was pushed to the bottom of the priority list.
Just as homes need maintenance, yards and lawns need attention, too. Lawns are the backdrop for our home life, but without caring for them, they will reflect the neglect received by being brown or vulnerable to pests. Even if someone helped their family with lawn care when they were young, likely mowing and raking were the focus for those tasks.
Having a green lawn is a status symbol, something that will provide value through the years and added value on selling the home. But, if you don’t know what’s required, you could be wasting money on unneeded or counterproductive products and time on unnecessary or poorly timed tasks.
“The Green, Green Grass of Home”
A Tom Jones song spoke of the nostalgia of visiting his hometown and how good it was “to touch the green, green grass of home.”
Beyond keeping up with the Joneses, having a great lawn lets you share memorable times with family. Playing games, like volleyball, bocce, football, softball, and dodge ball are times your family will remember for decades. Rather than get mired down with becoming an expert on the many aspects of lawn care, getting a second opinion on your lawn can be extremely productive.
What must be considered when caring for your lawn? Think about these items and get ready to set up a schedule:
What Grass Do You Already Have Planted or Would You Like To?
By knowing what grass you have, you can determine whether the grass is the best for your climate and location. If it‘s the wrong grass, you might have greater challenges thank you expected besides remembering to mow.
What Season Is It?
For the cold season, a lawn needs to be treated properly. If you are overly aggressive in mowing, for instance, it could affect whether the lawn will revive well in the spring.
Is Your Lawn Equipment Ready?
Mowers, clippers, rakes, and others tools need to fixed, sharpened and/or retired. Take the slow season to get these tasks attended to before they’re needed.
When Should You Mow, Fertilize, Water?
It depends. Your location might have a different schedule depending on climate. If you learned to gather the clippings from your newly mowed lawn and discard them, you’re missing a good way to enrich your soil and create a healthier lawn. Leave the clippings and let them decompose and become part of the soil. This also answers some of the questions about fertilizing.
Experts suggest that during summer, grass will benefit from fertilizing every four to eight weeks.
Watering your grass can be a tricky thing, since you don’t want to overwater, which can promote fungus growth, but you also don’t want your grass to become dry. A rule of thumb for water, including what the sky contributed, is 1 to 1 1/4 inches of watering per week. Reduce watering in the winter.
What Other Tasks Are Essential for Creating Your Very Best Lawn?
Dethatching could be a good solution for cleaning up your lawn. With dethatching, you get rid of the dead grass, leaves, branches, twigs, and other debris. It takes the weight and extraneous materials away so your lawn can breathe, feel the sun, and grow. Perhaps not a fun lawn task, be glad that it doesn’t need to be done too often. It can be done manually with a rake, but if there’s a large lawn to deal with, you might want to hire an experienced lawn professional.
Aerating the soil, breaking up the hard compacted ground, can also be done to provide better growing conditions for your grass. About once a year is recommended for aeration.
If, as with many people, your schedule is so busy that lawn care is at the bottom of your priority list, get help! Think of it as the extra large room of your home that needs some picking up and refurbishing periodically. Don’t let your home lose its beautiful green lawn!