One of the most important features of any home is the lawn. A good lawn can highlight the best aspects of a house’s architecture, with the right landscaping and proper maintenance. It doesn’t have to be a lush garden of exotic flora and fauna; it can be as simple as a green space, with regular and freshly cut grass.
In this article, we are going to cover some of the best strategies you can employ in order to have that perfect lawn. Here they are:
1. Quit throwing away your trimmings.
What many people don’t know is that grass cuttings are actually a wonderful fertilizer, chock-full of the nutrients your grass already uses and needs to grow. You can reduce your fertilizer needs by up to 33% or even 50% simply by spreading your cuttings over the yard.
Maybe now is even a great time to invest in a mower that shoots the cuttings back onto your yard.
2. Tend to yellow spots.
While yellow spots could mean pests or fungi, this is not often the case. They could simply be low spots in your lawn caused by uneven levels in the soil. In a hard rain, these spots could cause the grass to suffocate or rot in standing water.
This is easily solved by spreading layers of compost on the low spot until it is the same level as the rest of the land. In a week or two, new grass will grow in its place.
3. Aerate your soil only when needed.
While many will tell you that you need to aerate your lawn three to four times a year, you generally only need to do it once per year. Depending on the type of grass you have, you might have to do it either at the beginning or end of the growing season.
And even then, you don’t have to pay for an expensive aeration service. Just make sure you know where your pipes, wires, and sprinkler heads are before you rent a machine. The rent for the machine costs just as much as a service, but you can share the renting costs with your neighbours to save money.
4. Maybe try a homemade lawn tonic instead of that fertilizer.
Many homeowners have reported great success with homemade tonics made from things already around the house. Some even tout this as a good supplement to fertilizer, reducing the amount you might need.
These tonics, while often used in different mixes by different gardeners and homeowners, usually come with the following ingredients:
- A can of non-light beer
- A can of non-diet soda
- 1 cup of ammonia
- 1 cup of liquid dish soap
- 1 cup of molasses or corn syrup
- And a half cup of mouthwash
The beer, molasses, and soda are said to promote the breeding of beneficial microbes. The ammonia is a source of nitrates and is the main ingredient in most fertilizers. The soap spreads the solution and binds it to the blades of grass, and the alcohol in mouthwash deters the pests.
This tonic is most effective in the reservoir of a 38-litre or 76-litre hose sprayer. Apply every three weeks and water well after spraying for the best effect. Users report that their grass was lusher and needed a lot less water.
While the house is the first thing that people notice about a home, there is nothing like a good front yard to accentuate it. And that’s not where the benefits of a well-kept lawn stop, yards are often a great place to make memories with your family and loved ones.
And if you’re looking for the best lawn and property management service in Burlington, send us at Lawn Care Alert a message. We have all the expertise and experience you need for your best lawn ever.