DIY: Simple Steps to a Beautiful and Lush Lawn

DIY – Simple steps to a beautiful verdant lawn

These are some tips to get you started:
Aeration –  Your lawn needs to breathe properly, so begin with remove the debris from the lawn once done then aerate your lawn with a lawn aerator or you can also do this with a garden fork.
Some people just seed bare areas in their lawn, but it is a good idea to give your lawn an all over seeding to promote new grass growth. This is called over-seeding. Select the type of grass that is right for your lawn. If your lawn is mostly shady, choose a grass seed that works with shady lawns.  There are also shady/sun mixtures out there for those lawns that have a mixture of both. Sprinkle your lawn with a dose of water to wet the leaves and then fertilize it.
It is important to follow the directions on the fertilizer bag regarding the number your spreader should be on. If too much fertilizer is put down, you will end up burning your lawn and not feeding it as you intend to. I use alternative methods ie epsom salts. Tip – fertilize  a dry lawn and then water well afterwards. Be sure to keep the seeds moist by watering appropriately. If they dry out, they will not grow.
The next important step to a beautiful lawn is to water your lawn appropriately. Too often people either over or under water their lawns. Over-watering promotes weed growth. The key to a lush lawn is to water it well when you do but to allow several days pass before watering it again. This will allow the roots to deepen. Too many frequent light waterings will promote shallow root growth, resulting in grass that is easily pulled up and not healthy. In the heat of summer, always water in early morning hours to prevent the grass from burning. Water the lawn long enough so that there it gets between 2-4 inches of water at a time.
The other thing that people often do not do correctly is mowing. Too often we think the grass should be mowed short. Longer grass blades will allow more sunlight to penetrate which promotes deeper root systems and you will have fewer pest problems. Keep the blades between 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches long.If you follow these steps, you are sure to have a thick and green lawn which will add much appeal to your home.

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