Here’s What You Need To Know In Order To Fix An Ugly Lawn

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Lawns symbolize their its homeowners. They are our outward expression to the world since it is the image our neighbors, visitors and passersby see on a regular basis which begins to unconsciously associate with us. If your lawn is messy, people who can see it might have a “messy homeowner” perspective on you.

That’s why, having a face-turner lawn is something to be proud of. However, if the lawn outside your window is giving you the blues, here are 5 things you need to know in order to fix an ugly lawn.

1. Cover Bare Spots

Knowing how to fix bare spots in lawn spaces is an important part of lawn maintenance. The best method for grass spot repair is to overseed with new grass seed in the affected area. Overseeding, or planting new grass seed, allows for a healthy new start and can result in a virtually undetectable repair.

The best time to sow seeds for lawn patch repair depends on the type of grass you have. You’ll want to match the type of grass seed to what is already growing. Cool season grasses do best when planted in late summer to early fall. Warm season grasses perform best when the seed is sown in spring or early summer.

2. Say no to Chemical Dependency

Many of the products we use on our lawns, such as fertilizers, weed killers  and pesticides, aren’t essentially good for our environment and even for own health. Improperly use of fertilizers can contribute to water pollution by contaminating groundwater. Pesticides are toxic to bees, birds, fish and other forms of wildlife and can kinds of cancer and damage to the nervous system and developmental disorders.

Better do natural solutions. It nourishes the soil over time, not just feed the grass from the top. This creates a stronger lawn over time. Better do top dressing or scatter 1/2 inch compost or natural fertilizer over the grass and rake in. Alternately, broadcast natural fertilizer after aerating or before watering. Add the necessary nutrients determined by soil testing. This way is far more better, cheaper and safer.

3.  Water wisely

Turning your sprinkler on for just a few minutes a few times a week really won’t do much to help your lawn. For a healthier lawn, learn to water your grass deeply and less often. If you water infrequently and deeply, the roots of your grass will start to grow deeper down into the soil.

An established lawn needs about 1 inch of water per week in the growing season. A light daily watering will encourage shallow root systems. Instead, water thoroughly once a week, using a 1-inch deep empty tuna can as a makeshift measuring device. Water early in the morning or late at night so the sun’s rays and heat don’t evaporate the water or fry the plant. This will saves water and helps your water bill lower too.

4. Compost 

Adding compost to your soil is one of the best ways to green up your grass and all your garden plants. It improves water drainage in clay and sandy soils. It creates a slow release of plant nutrients and stimulates root growth. It helps in reducing reduce problems with soil-borne plant diseases and garden pests. It prevents erosion of precious topsoil. It  balances the pH levels of most soils and attracts beneficial insects, worms, and other organisms

This will improve your soil and eliminate pests and diseases, which means less money spent on fertilizer and water. Apply a quarter-inch of top-dressing compost once or twice a year, including right after your lawn has greened up. Composting can make the composure of your lawn better!

5. Resurrect

Dying lawns are the opposite of what your home needs for better, more welcoming beauty. However, some areas of our yards just start to die. The cause might be between kids, dogs and less than optimal watering. The only you can do is to resurrect. Remake green grass and thick blanketing. It’s only a bit of landscaping and effort away.

Cut your grass to just 1.5” tall. If your mower has a collecting bag you should use this here to avoid any mess afterwards. De-thatch your lawn to break up the dead grass, twigs, leaves and other oddities cluttering your yard. Then, rake this all up and get rid of it. Next, aerate your lawn using a core aerator. Do proper seeding. Don’t forget to water.

Takeaway

There is no specific standard for a beautiful lawn. Almost every person has their own perspective of beauty. Hence, reflect your own perspective of what is beautiful on your lawn. Remember that, lawns symbolize their homeowners, not others.

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