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3 Tips to Caring for Your Lawn

By Evette Garside @evette77

A great looking lawn is every homeowner's dream. Walking around your lush green and well-groomed yard can elicit a sense of pride and joy. However, having a successful lawn is dependent on several factors. How do you keep your lawns healthy and beautiful all year round?

In this article, we'll look at 3 important tips to caring for your lawn.

3 Tips to Caring for your Lawn
1. Provide Adequate Moisture

Probably the most important ingredient to a healthy lawn is adequate moisture. However, how you water your lawn will determine its success or failure. Over-saturating your grass will make it more susceptible to weeds and bugs. On the other hand, do not wait until your lawn is wilted or brown to give it water.

Check your lawn's water needs. The grass type, soil conditions, seasons and the overall lawn health will determine the amount of water your lawn will need. Set up a watering schedule for every season and adhere to it. Remember, inconsistent watering can drastically affect your lawns ability to absorb nutrients.

Ideally, you should water your lawns very early in the morning before the kids go out to play. Watering in the morning in the cool conditions also allows your lawn to absorb all the nutrients before the sun comes out and the day's activities begin.

2. Pick The Right Grass For Your Lawn

In order to properly care for your lawn, you will need to grow the right grass. Before planting your grass consider the conditions of your lawn. What is the altitude of your landscape? How much shade or sunlight does your landscape receive? How is the foot traffic on the site?

Secondly, you will need to consider how you will use your lawn. Will your lawns' purpose simply be for beauty or will it serve another purpose such as a children's playground or a garden? In the warm season, you can consider Bermuda grass for your kids' playground. Bermuda is an excellent choice because of its great turf quality and you can also mow it low to create a favorable play surface.

Bahia is a great choice if you live in a hot and humid area. The rough texture of this type of lawn makes it suitable for yards with heavy foot traffic. You can also use a blend of grasses to ensure that your lawn stays healthy and the ecosystem is disease-resistant.

3. Cut Your Grass High

It is very important to mow your lawn at the correct height. Proper mowing will help in eliminating several problems such as insect and disease infestation, soil runoff and can also increase the lawns resistance to drought.

Always cut your grass high. Ideally, you should never cut your lawn below 5cm. Scalping your lawn will result in a poorly developed root system which will make your lawn weak, sparse and prone to damage.

Remember the ⅓ rule. In order to ensure that your lawn stays healthy, do not cut away more than ⅓ of the grass blade in one mowing session. If you have a busy schedule and you miss a mowing session, you can always remove ⅓ of the grass then give it a few days before cutting your lawn to your desired height.


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3 Tips to Caring for your Lawn

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