Having yellow, dry grass can ruin the image of your home. Having a beautiful, manicured lawn gives your home a perfect, polished look and can give you a sense of pride. However, you may find that a perfectly green lawn is difficult to achieve. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get a lawn that your neighbours will envy!
Test your Soil
For around $20, a soil test can give you measurements regarding the pH levels and presence of vital nutrients. Using these measurements, you can take the results to a gardening center and get advice on the appropriate fertilizers or follow the offered amendments provided by the test package itself.
Avoid the buzz cut
Mowing your grass frequently is key, but you must also make sure that you let it grow out. Do not cut your grass too short, since taller grass will shade out the weeds. A good guide is to leave your lawn mower at 3-3.5 inches tall. Keeping the grass taller cultivated deep root growth and increases its ability to resists weeds, pests and unfavourable weather conditions.
There is a wide variety of fertilizers on the market, though what is common between them is that they contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Nitrogen, in moderation, is vital for leafy growth, but too much of it will result in excessive growth and discoloration. According to Michael Van de Bossche, owner of Earth-Wood Arts, you should use a half and half split of fast and slow release forms of nitrogen fertilizer. He adds that with spring rains, too much quick-release fertilizers could create growth that is too lush, which increases turf and fungus problems.
It may be a good idea to opt in for organic fertilizers, which are composed of living organisms. These fertilizers release nutrients at a slower pace and, therefore, over a longer period of time when compared to synthetic ones. However, because the process is slower, so are the results.
Fixing Dead Patches
Having a dead patch is a common and highly noticeable problem. They may form due to lack of water, concentrations of pet urine or wrong use of fertilizer.
For larger patches that are exposed to 6+ hours of sun, sod may be very helpful and a quick fix, though that depends on the quality of your lawn. Beware the patchwork appearance.
For patches smaller in size or ones with less sun exposure, you may try sowing grass seed. Just rough up the soil, pre-mix the seed with some compost, and lay it over the dead patch. Keep it moist.
Declare war on Dandelions
A single dandelion can produce up to 2000 seeds.
They are a weed which survives winter time and comes back to cause trouble. This is why it is key to get rid of them as soon as they appear! You can use various sprays with organic herbicide though the better and most effective way is to dig them out with the roots.
Source: Angie’s List Guide to Lawn Care.
July 10, 2016
Team Riaz Ghani