Grass Seed, Lawn Care, And Maintenance
Caring for and maintaining your lawn is, primarily, a matter of choosing the right grass seed and maintenance products; adopting the right techniques and rotating your treatments accordingly. While it is tempting to treat your lawn with one product promising to deliver the perfect grass- it is important to remember that like any living organism, your lawn requires specific care and a considered amount of interference.
Caring for your lawn may involve many different tasks, and these vary between seasons. In spring and summer, the most important duty that requires regularity is mowing.
In summer and spring, mowing should be limited to two or three times per week, depending on the growth rate of your grass. In times of drought, however, consider reducing the amount of mowing per week- allowing time for your grass to replenish its nutrients before cutting it again.
Successfully mowing your lawn is also reliant on choosing the right equipment, and there is a wide range of mowers on the market with different mechanisms and specialized functions. Consult a store associate on the best type of mower for your lawn size and grass quality, and ensure your mower comes with adjustable height settings. Choosing the correct height at which to cut your grass is essential, as cutting the lawn too short can damage the grass; create uneven patches and encourage the growth of moss and weeds.
Feeding and watering your lawn are also important tasks, but require less regularity throughout the warmer seasons. When choosing your fertilizer, determine where your priorities lie in regards to your garden. If the color and strength of your grass are a main concern, then a chemical or artificial treatment is more likely to yield your desired results. If you are searching for a more natural alternative, however, consider an organic fertilizer. Once you have chosen your fertilizer, follow the manufacturer’s guidance to determine the frequency with which you should feed your grass. The potency of the fertilizer can vary between brands, so it is important that you consult the instructions and follow them accordingly.
In terms of watering your lawn, less is often more in warmer seasons. Over watering your grass can be detrimental, and shallow roots can often result from over saturation. In spring, it is recommended that you water only in times of drought- and in summer no more than twice a week.
A damp lawn can also result in moss and weed growth, which can be both unsightly and unwanted competition for your lawn. Like fertilizers, there are both chemical and natural remedies should a moss problem arise. The most common form of non-chemical treatment is scarification, which involves harsh raking of the lawn to physically remove moss and weeds from the soil. However, if a chemical solution is better suited to your lawn, there are a range of treatments (including those combined with an additive fertilizer) that can be used to remedy the problem.
In winter and fall, the focus is less on nourishing your lawn and more on removing any obstacles that would prevent it from treating itself. Fallen leaves should be raked, aeration performed in order to loosen any compaction in the soil, and a final feed should be administered at the end of summer- focusing on weaker parts of the lawn that may struggle in the colder months.