Grass Lawn – Do you love the green carpet spread around a garden and long to have one in your backyard? It is not as difficult as it looks. What is required for good maintenance is the right amount of fertilization, mowing, watering, aerating as well as keeping the pests and even you shall be able to flaunt your lawn. The next question is how – some crucial steps in ensuring you do it the right way is highlighted below:
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Tips For A Healthy Grass Lawn
Sowing and growing
One of the important steps to bear in mind is the proper removal of old grass and weeds if you want to install a new lawn. Proper fertilization and adequate watering are also required which should be allowed to stay for a week. Best results can be achieved if a grass type suited to your soil type and climate is chosen. Next, you have to choose whether to grow from seeds or by using sods. In case you want to grow through sods, ensure that it is free from cracks and is moist enough.
In case you’re growing from the seeds, it is recommended to use a lawn spreader to spread half of them in parallel rows while the other half should be spread perpendicular to the previous ones while sod should be laid in a zigzag manner. Just after sowing, the seeds should be watered well on alternate days by using a light sprinkler else the seeds might get washed away. Early morning watering is effective and will result in the arrival of grass blades in ten to fourteen days. Watering in the evening can result in diseases caused by excessive water retention.
Maintenance and care
Stay off the new lawn for a month to allow the lush green grass to grow. Be patient enough not to mow the lawn till the grass blades are around 4 inches. Post which, not more than half an inch of mowing should be done, that too at an interval of three to four days.
The lawn should occasionally be watered, but it should be deep enough to reach the roots then only would they grow in a healthy manner. The next watering should be done only when the top soil is dry to almost 2 inches. During the hot and dry season, water up to 2 inches of water per week while it should be reduced to around 1 inch during the peak growth season.
If you notice that the lawn is turning brown during the dry season, do not panic. This is the defense mechanism of the grass to go dormant during unfavorable climatic conditions. During this time, the roots stay intact without any watering or a little bit in case it is boiling.
To fertilize the soil, use an organic one with a higher proportion of Nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium, the ideal mix being 3:1:2; do so twice or three times during the growth season. For a healthy lawn, it should be aerated annually when dry.
Proper maintenance and care will let you realize your dream of walking the green carpet!!