5 Easy Tips For A Healthy Lawn

healthy lawnEveryone wants a lush, green lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Here are five quick tips for making the most of your lawn this year. Regardless of the type of lawn you have, the tenets of great lawn care remain the same. Test your soil, fertilize as required, keep it weed-free and the right length, and keep bugs and disease at bay.

Start in the fall with testing levels so you’re ready when the spring comes around. Also, look up specific instructions for your type of grass. If you have a special blend you may want to ensure you cater to its needs. Follow these guidelines and get ready for a great lawn this summer!

Soil Testing: Your lawn needs food to survive. It also needs the right environment to do well. Testing and feeding your lawn is easily the most important component to a great lawn. Plants need the right pH level and the proper amounts of nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) to thrive. You can buy a cheap kit at the garden store to give you ballpark idea of how these are accounted for in your yard but, in general, they work poorly. A much better method is to reach out to a local university that provides soil testing. You take samples according to the instructions and they will provide you exactly what to add in the right amounts.

Proper Mowing: A sharp blade and the right lawn length are also key to a healthy lawn. Each type of grass has slightly different requirements but, in general, you want to keep your grass about 3″-4″ in length. Any shorter and you may damage the grass by cutting too much and allow weeds to take root. Keeping the blade sharp minimizes damage to the plants and can reduce the incidence of disease and pests.

Fertilizing Your Lawn: Feeding your lawn is important for great color and lush growth. Make sure you follow a feeding schedule to avoid over-feeding. Overfeeding can be more damaging to plants than not feeding at all and can lead to sudden death or severe grass burn. During the winter months grasses still need nutrients to survive. In fact, providing the right levels of phosphorus can help grass roots overwinter better and emerge stronger in the spring.

Watering Your Lawn: All grasses need water but different types have different requirements. Warmer season grasses go dormant earlier than the cooler varieties and require less water. Generally most grasses need water about once a week. Long, infrequent watering is preferable since it requires roots to travel deeper in the soil between watering which strengthen the plant. The time of day is important as well. Try watering in the early part of the day. This prevents burning your lawn in the hot sun and allows the grass to dry before the evening when fungus can set in.

Keeping Disease and Pests Away: The sad truth is that nobody is safe from pests and disease effecting their lawn. Disease and fungus can spread very quickly and be devastating to lawns if not identified and treated quickly. Keep and eye out for any strange patches or changes to your lawns color. Call an expert or visit a garden store at the first sign of a problem. You can reduce the incidence of these problems by keeping weeds at bay with a herbicide applied in the spring and fall.

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19 Responses to 5 Easy Tips For A Healthy Lawn

  1. mrchristianemerson says:

    Thanks for the tips. If we did those, good for us to have this scene in surrounding us. The soil needs also nutrition for the plan to grow. Great job.

  2. Ben Schwartz says:

    I was delighted by the way the article addressed the simplest of issues with so much enthusiasm.
    Just the thing I was looking for my own garden.

  3. Luis says:

    I was looking for a source about fertilization and here I found everything. Most of the articles in general written on this topic only explain certain issues but don’t provide the MUST tips you explained here. I feel ready to start, thank you.

  4. Brad says:

    Great article! The point about proper mowing is what I was looking for since some time. Specifically, the length of the grass I should leave (4′). Thanks for the article, looking forward to more!

  5. Jessie says:

    Very Helpful article! Most people are “Do it yourself” these days because of the costs of products and services. You’ll certainly have a beautiful lawn with these tips!

  6. Abby says:

    Great article! I never how much effort it required to maintain a beautiful lawn, and I had no idea that long, infrequent watering pushes the roots to travel deeper into the soil! Very cool. Thanks!

  7. Ruth Plascencia says:

    Thank you very much for this hepful information! I have never consider the time of the day for watering and usually did that at the end of the day. I’m taking your tip and following it about now to keep possible damages under control.
    Thans again! Keep this tips coming!

  8. Lawnenvy says:

    The comment about keeping the blades on your mower sharp is spot on! Our neighbor has an immaculate lawn and this was one of his tips to us. We never had our blades sharpened for several years and when we couldn’t figure out what we were doing wrong we approached him and he mentioned that he takes his lawn mower to the local hardware store at the beginning of Spring every year and his lawn continues to grow green and bright 🙂

  9. Seraphe Abbott says:

    This article was very informative. For instance, I did not know that warmer season grasses go dormant. With summer right around the corner, I can use these tips to have the nicest lawn on the block! So, thank you very much.

  10. desmond brooks says:

    I never thought about soil testing, but can see why this is an important part of lawn care. i’ll be sure to be more aware of my soils health..

  11. isay918 says:

    I really had a hard time maintaining our lawn especially that its dry season in our place. I thought that watering them everyday is just the way to do it. Now i know that soil testing and providing the right nutrients goes a long way to maintaining a beautiful lawn.

  12. Shanel Elle says:

    Thanks! This information is really helpful. I’ve never considered following a feeding schedule until now. I will be sure to use these tips and I’m sure my lawn will be beautiful this summer.

  13. Rebecca Saviolli says:

    Funny how so many different factors contribute to obtaining a healthy lawn! I would have never thought that over-feeding your lawn or cutting it too short could potentially damage your grass. These are golden tips for anyone that wants a perfectly green lawn!

  14. Diva says:

    I never realized that store-bought soil testers wouldn’t work. I don’t know if there’s anyone in my area that’ll test my soil for me, but I’m definitely going to look–thanks for the tip!

  15. Marta Maksymowicz says:

    Where I am it is snowing, however I’m excited for spring and this article makes me look forward to getting the lawn spring/summer ready. These tips will make my neighbours envious so I will be doing each one, because hey, the grass is ways greener on the other side 🙂

  16. Sly says:

    Great article! This article thoroughly explains the needs to keep a healthy lawn. Soil testing is something that is usually overlooked in keeping a good-looking and healthy lawn.

  17. Mich says:

    This article is a perfectly timed find! Looking forward to putting these tips into action now that winter’s over. Thanks for this article (I never even considered a best time of day to water before).

  18. Baljinder Singh says:

    wow!! its a good informative post for how to make your lawn healthy. i will use these tips for my lawn. please keep posting regularly for more information..

  19. Terry Chong says:

    Thanks for the detailed guide to keep my lawn looking good. I will start doing myself as guided and looking forward for a green lawn at my front yard.

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