Gardening is an accomplished hobby for some and tiring for others. Whatever category you may belong to, it is essential to take out time for your house care which also includes a good maintenance of your garden or lawn.
The first thing that is prominently obvious in a lawn area is grass. A lush green grass not only depicts your skill and efficiency, it also attracts green envy of those deprived of such beautiful nature.
I remember vividly, my parents had a lawn in front and a backyard where seasonal vegetables were grown. The front lawn was green but patches of soil and yellow grass showed here and there, and I hated those patches.
Over the time, I learned and adopted five basic rules of keeping the grass plush and green throughout the whole year. Of course, grass grows faster and greener in summer, but these 5 rules kept my grass healthy all the time.
Fertilizer is the food of any plant. You have to fertilize your plants, grass, shrubs, trees, and crops, everything that grows in soil. So, keep nourishing your lawn grass with fertilizers and watch it grow. Always use the best quality fertilizers. There is a huge variety available in the market. Buy the one that encourages leaf and root growth and is drought resistant.
After fertilizing, you must water your grass. Watering grass in the summer afternoons is ideal for the grass and plants. Days when the heat is unbearable, watering your lawn at night is more suitable, as the sun can’t dry up the water then. For the fertilizers to work correctly and get absorbed properly in the soil, the lawn needs to be moist. Therefore, watering is a must after fertilizing the ground.
For a well-maintained lawn where you can host parties and your kids can play, regular mowing is necessary. Remember to mow the grass lightly and frequently, snipping off only 30% of the grass length. If you take-off more than 40%, the growth of the grass will stop. In summers however, cut longer to shade the soil more, which will in return reduce water loss and also overpower undergrowth.
The 2 worst enemies of plantation are weeds and pests. The weeds not only look ugly, they steal all the nourishment from other plants thus resulting in stunted growth and the plants even die before sprouting properly. Weeding should be carried out on regular basis with a knife, hand fork or a trowel.
At regular intervals, a layer of decayed roots, stems, rhizomes and stolon cover the grass. At that time, it gets important to dethatch because the debris prevents the lawn from absorbing good nutrients and fresh air. A lawn that is heavily covered with thatch is more prone to bugs, pests and plant diseases, taking in more water and fertilizers prove to be less effective here. This layer of thatch can easily be removed either manually or mechanically. Always carry out this procedure when the thatch layer exceeds more than 1 inch.