Essential Lawn Care Tips
One of the best things about owning a home of your own is being able to customise your lawn down to the last blade of grass grown or cut. That’s a degree of landscaping creativity and creative freedom which is simply not possible when you are relegated to renting a lawn-less apartment, condo, or even a home in which you have no control over the look of your lawn. Not only do you not have any creative control over the look and feel of your property, let alone your lawn, but you are not able to reap any of the financial benefits that come with home improvement. It’s throwing good money after bad.
Thankfully, when you own a home or business of your own, you can flip the script and put that money to work not for your landlord, but for your own creative and home improvement impulses – and what better place to start than with quality lawn care?
Here are a few lawn care tips every home and business owner should follow.
Avoid Scalping Your Lawn
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when trying to cultivate their lawns is cutting and strimming it too short. As we’ll see below, cutting your lawn is critical for making sure that it remains in good condition, but that doesn’t mean you want to go to the opposite extreme and cut it so short that you essentially “scalp” it. Cutting it too short like that can damage your lawn for the long term, to say nothing of how it damages your home’s exterior décor scheme in the short term.
Make Your Lawn Breathable
At the same time, cutting your lawn is undeniably important. If you leave your lawn uncut, you’re bound to get some nasty looks from neighbours at the sight of the insect and pest-infested mini-jungle you have on your property, especially if it starts to encroach upon theirs as well.
There are still more reasons to cut your lawn. If you fail to do so, the resulting tangled mass over growths can essentially “choke” the soil beneath, preventing it from “breathing” properly. This can result in a wide range of negative consequences, including the soil becoming less fertile and, thus, less able to sustain healthy pants. It can also lead to even more infestation and foul odour – which, in turn, will attract even more of those nasty looks from your neighbours.
It is, thus, of the utmost importance to make sure that your lawn is properly trimmed. Mowing your lawn every week (or every other week in winter, when there’s less growth) is essential.
Compost Versus Fertiliser
Now let’s take a quick peek at the difference between compost and fertiliser. Both can be quite beneficial for your lawn, but you want to make sure that you don’t confuse the two, as their benefits are quite different.
Compost is made up of decomposed organic matter, and can be used to enhance your soil. This makes the soil healthier and, thus, more fertile. By contrast, fertiliser is mainly concerned with growth, and helps plants grow.
As stated, both of these can be beneficial for your lawn, so you’ll want to pay attention to which growth and cultivation situations call for compost or fertiliser and use them accordingly.
Don’t Let Weeds Take Root
Everyone knows that weeds are a nuisance and direct threat to your lawn. You don’t want to go through all the trouble of meticulously caring for your lawn and cultivating it from sod and seed to full flourishing only to see it all undercut by some errant weeds. They need to be removed, and quickly, before they have time to take root or spread further.
The easiest way to get rid of weeds is to water them or wait until it rains and then pull them out. This not only makes it easier, but it also increases the likelihood you’ll be able to pull out the root, which is essential for ending their threat to your lawn once and for all. You could also use a knapsack sprayer to spray the weeds down with weedkiller without the need for bending down.
Your lawn is an essential part of your home, and, thus, one which is well worth taking care of properly. With effort and focus, you’ll be able to grow and cultivate your lawn, transforming it into something of which you can be proud.