The average lawn is just a little less than 0.2 acres. And if you’re a homeowner, you need to be able to keep your lawn green and healthy.
But for most people, lawn maintenance feels like a long list of difficult tasks. Is it worth it?
Not only will a green lawn highly improve your home’s curb appeal, but it will create a more usable outdoor living space for your family to enjoy.
Let the grass be greener on your side for a change with these 4 tips for a healthy lawn.
1. Know When and How to Fertilize
The fertilizer you use will depend on your climate and grass.
For climates with winters, make sure to use appropriate spring, summer, and fall fertilizers that will promote appropriate growth during each season.
For year-round lawns, maintain a regular fertilizing routine!
2. Keep the Weeds in Check
One of the most important parts of lawn care is keeping the weeds at bay. Weeds that are left in the lawn will eventually usurp the water supply and kill the grass, resulting in expensive removal costs.
When you spot a weed, make sure to remove it completely without leaving any roots, leaves, or flowers behind.
If the problem is bigger than a few rogue plants, consider using an herbicide. You can use spot treatments to target specific plants or small areas. Or You can use a weed-and-feed combination fertilizer.
Pro-Tip: Before using an herbicide, make sure that you correctly identify the weed. The herbicide will only work properly against the type of weed it’s designed to target.
3. Invest in the Proper Lawnmower
Find a lawnmower that works for your yard size and yard type.
Riding lawnmowers are a perfect option for large, flat yards, that don’t have small lawn spaces or tricky angles.
If your lawn has hills, small spaces, green paths, etc. you might consider a push mower. Regardless of your lawn type, you’ll want to invest in an edge trimmer to keep your lawn from growing over curbs or sidewalks.
Use Green Acres Mowers to find a suitable lawnmower, trimmer, and even parts.
If mowing your lawn isn’t on the list of activities you’re interested in doing, consider hiring that work out to a professional.
4. Aerate Annually for a Healthy Lawn
Aeration is a process where a machine digs small but deep holes in the lawn and deposits the soil on top of the grass.
This allows oxygen to permeate the thick roots and soil, and keep lawns healthier and greener for longer. Make sure to thoroughly water your lawn 2 days prior to aeration.
Many hardware stores will rent aerator machines for daily use. If you don’t have the time or interest in doing it yourself, most landscape companies can be hired to aerate and fertilize.
The key to a healthy lawn is regular love and attention. Don’t feel bad if you need to use a professional to help you in the process.
The grass doesn’t always have to be greener on the other side!
Be sure to contact us for more info on how to make your house a place you want to come home to!