Let’s Garden: 4 Tips for Maintaining a Prize-Winning Lawn

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    Don’t make taking care of your lawn harder than it has to be! If you can stay consistent with these 4 tips, you can cultivate a lush, green lawn!

    1. Keep your lawn tools in good condition

    Clean tools last longer and do a better job. Make it a habit to check on your mower blade. A dull blade cuts your grass with an uneven edge, which opens your lawn to the risk of infestation and diseases.

    Another good habit to develop is wiping down your tools with a dry rag after each use. Cleaning your tools helps to reduce the risk of transferring contaminants around your garden.

    It’s also a good idea to keep your all of your metal tools sharp and well oiled to prevent rust. Don’t use harsh synthetic oils like WD40 on tools you’ll be using on plants. Instead, use a natural oil or even vegetable oil.

    2. Deep watering makes for a healthier lawn

    A common mistake when it comes to maintaining grass is overwatering. Most types of grass can survive on water only twice a week. What matters isn’t frequency, but how deep your roots are growing.

    Watering every day tells your lawn it doesn’t need to grow deeper roots since all the water (nutrients) is readily accessible. Infrequently deep watering forces the roots to reach down to get all the nutrients over the course of a few days.

    Over watering can also attract fungus and disease. Daily watering also prevents oxygen and healthy bacteria from growing on your lawn. The best approach to watering your lawn is giving it a generous soak 2-3 times a week.

    3. Don’t forget to aerate

    Aerating seems like another chore to add to the lawn maintenance list; however, it makes for a healthier lawn and less work for you.

    When you aerate your lawn, it allows air to flow between the soil and the surrounding atmosphere. The improved air exchange makes it much easier for your lawn to absorb nutrients from water and fertilizer.

    Aeration also prevents your soil from compacting. Compacted soil impedes your roots from growing properly and makes it harder for your grass to get nutrients. Basic things like walking or playing on the lawn contribute to compacting the soil. However, aerating your lawn relieves soil compaction and this type of lawn care makes it easier for your grass to grow deeper roots.

    4. If your lawn continues to be uncooperative, get your soil tested

    Testing your soil clues you into specifics about your lawn’s health which helps you change your approach to lawn care.

    Your tests results will inform you of your soil’s nutrient content and pH levels. Next, you’ll be advised on what to do differently to get your lawn healthy.

    Use a clean, rust free tool to get a sample from your yard. You want to take soil from around ten different areas of your lawn to get an accurate sample. Dig holes about 8 inches deep and take the soil from the sides of the hole. You can store the sample in a clear container, let it dry at room temperature then bring it to the test center.

    Another good way to make taking care of your lawn easier is to look up tips for the specific type of grass you have. This allows you to approach maintaining your lawn in a way you know will work.

    Instead of slaving over your yard, strive to be consistent with how you take care of it throughout the year. Simple habits like aerating and maintaining your tools will prevent you from running around trying to figure out what’s wrong with your lawn.

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