Simple Lawn Maintenance Tips

Updated on November 21, 2019
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Michael has had practical experience in gardening from an early age.

The Proper Way to Maintain Your Lawn

If your lawn already has the advantage of a proper, well-prepared topsoil layer, then a lot of the time and effort you would have invested in the work has already been done. However, this is not the case for most people. Even for those with this advantage, a certain degree of time and effort is still required to maintain the lawn in an excellent condition.

The good news is that you can take care of your lawn the natural way, without having to use complicated and expensive methods.

Since they form the main front and main grounds of a home or residential facade, lawns give the highest aesthetic value to the home. This is the first thing that we all see when we visit a residence. Lawn care and maintenance is therefore essential.

The problem is that many "advanced" or modern methods of lawn maintenance, also involve procedures that disrupt the natural environment, including the use of equipment and chemicals that disrupt the ecosystem.

However, one can still learn how to maintain a neat and beautiful lawn without polluting the earth and damaging the natural order of things. And as previously stated, a proper and well-kept garden or lawn does not have to cost you an arm and leg to cultivate and maintain.

The following simple methods can turn your lawn into a breathtaking scene. Adhering to them will help you maintain a healthy and well-kept lawn and garden that you and others will be proud of.

1. Mowing

It is important to know the optimal time to mow a lawn. The ideal time is when the ground is both cool and dry. This is the period between the time the morning dew evaporates and the afternoon heat begins.

Alternatively, if you usually water your lawn in the morning, you could use the late afternoon or early evening to do the mowing. How you schedule your mowing determines whether or not your lawn is going to look its best.

The problem is that many "advanced" or modern methods of lawn maintenance, also involve procedures that disrupt the natural environment, including the use of equipment and chemicals that disrupt the ecosystem.

2. Hedging

Instead of surrounding the area with a fence, choose to use a hedge as a property divider. This makes for better privacy and both enhances and contributes to the natural feel, greenery and overall attractiveness of the lawn.

Hedging also draws in birds and enriches the local biosphere, enabling cross-pollination and other natural processes. Moreover, it provides an excellent backdrop for flowers and plants.

3. Spaces

Utilize the spaces near doors and walkways. Plant hyacinths because their appearance and the amazing smell is excellent for springtime and will cause your garden to flourish.

You can find ingenious ways to extend your garden to other features you have in your compound, for example, mailboxes and lamp-posts. Strategically plant such flowers around these items as white snowdrops, gold and purple crocus, blue hyacinths, and tulips of different colours.

Place some rocks around these items in order to create added relief and make it novel and beautiful in appearance. There are many ways to experiment with different ideas, so feel free to try them out till you find one that is most suitable.

Remember, what works perfectly for one lawn, may not necessarily be the solution for another because soil compositions are not the same.

4. Soil Testing

There are countless types of fertilizers out there. Often, people will simply walk into a store and purchase the fertilizer they deem the most effective or most popular to apply to their lawns.

In the long run, this can have a detrimental effect on the lawn that an owner is trying to improve. Instead of enriching the soil, this could actually become counterproductive to it. In the long run, it could serve to upset the balance of nutrients due to the fertilizers adding too much to what is already there.

Organize to have your soil tested in advance. This will help you identify the nutrients that are present and the nutrients that are lacking in the soil. Thereafter, you will be able to make an informed decision on which fertilizers to purchase.

Remember, what works perfectly for one lawn, may not necessarily be the solution for another because soil compositions are not the same. If you simply dump fertilizer without first examining the nature of your soil, you may be creating a higher imbalance of nutrients than what is there already. The result of this is damaging the very natural system that you are trying to improve.

5. Weed Control

It is a fact that weeds can be eradicated by using a simple solution of vinegar and water. How simple is that?

This is a far better natural alternative to poisoning your soil with synthetic weed killers which eventually have the compound effect (no pun intended) of damaging your lawn instead of preserving it.

In order to control weeds effectively, ensure that you mow often during the spring period. This limits the spread of dandelions by getting rid of the yellow blossoms and stopping the formation of seeds.

Also, make sure that you mow a lot during the late spring and early summer. As a result, the blades of grass with cover the ground and shade it, and in so doing prevent crabgrass from sprouting.

To control weeds effectively, ensure that you mow often during the spring period. This limits the spread of dandelions by getting rid of the yellow blossoms and stopping the formation of seeds.

6. Pest Control

Pests are a nuisance in any lawn or garden. On the other hand, chemical pesticides, which are a short term solution can have detrimental long term consequences.

Here instead, you could use the natural ecosystem and food chain to your advantage. Plant bushes or shrubs where birds can perch or take shelter. These will in turn feed on the bugs and other pests that could otherwise cause harm to the soil.

In other words, try as much as possible to make provision for the natural system to establish a healthy balance, an ideal and healthy equilibrium, instead of constantly interfering with quick-fix artificial solutions.

7. Watering

Less evapotranspiration takes place in the evening. Therefore, this is the best time of the day to water your lawn.

Watering at other times of the day means that you use up more water to achieve the moisture content that you need, because you are actually competing with the heat in your efforts. This will inevitably lead to your having to pay higher water bills to maintain your lawn.

In contrast, watering the lawn at the appropriate time means the moisture has the chance to penetrate the soil deeply and be retained for a longer time. You also save on your water bills.

In case your lawn happens to have automatic sprinklers, it would be best to activate them in the period between midnight and the break of dawn, since this is the period during which the environment is coolest.

It is not necessary to water your lawn on a daily basis. Instead, do it consistently on alternating days. In this way, you will avoid both waterlogging and increasing bills.

Take advantage of the natural watering system - rain. Whenever it rains, postpone your own watering schedule until such a time that the ground is dry and in need of fresh watering. Better still, purchase cheap containers that trap rainwater which you can later use during the dry period to save on cost.

If you consistently apply these principles you will see your lawn flourish and you will have the opportunity to save both your finances and the environment.

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