Tips for Making Your Lawn Green

A green lawn is not only beautiful but increases the value of your building. Be it on a business or residential lawn it only requires good keeping and less chemicals as possible for it to be healthy.

One should water occasionally but deeply and especially at late evening or early morning when it is cool to reduce the risk of evaporation.  Watering involves letting the soil dry a bit before the next watering time. Heavy soils like clay require more water and less frequency of watering because it retains water for a long time and filtration is not fast. Sandy soils require less water but more frequent watering as it allows water to go through easily and does not keep water for a long time. Water deeply enough about 100 to 150 mm and this can be measured using spade to determine how much water is there. One should remember to turn off their automatic watering system when it is not necessary for example when it is raining, it is easier to forget I have personally seen a lot of sprinklers running in heavy rain. You should also never use warm or hot water when watering the lawn, you can make sure by emptying the hose before watering the lawn especially in hot days. Finally, you should adhere to the state regulations or watering for example in ACT use of sprinklers is only allowed before 10am and after 4pm.

There are tips on mowing your lawn that will keep it healthy and green. Mow your lawn at the highest setting as leaving it a bit tall provides some shade protects the ground reducing evaporation and retaining water for long periods. To retain nutrients of the lawn good practice is to keep the lawn clippings after mowing on the lawn so the nutrients can sink down the ground. In addition, one should not mow the lawn within two weeks of planting as it gives it time for the roots to develop. Another good practice is not to mow wet grass at it does not only make it slippery but also makes the lawn to look uneven and when is uneven there are parts that will get more sunshine than others and becomes hard to maintain also. Another tip to keep the lawn even is to mow different directions every time so one should take note on the direction every time they mow the lawn.

Fertilisers provide food for plants. Choosing the right fertiliser can be difficult but the most important thing is to know the composition. Most bags say how much nutrients are found inside. The most important nutrient for growth of green plants is nitrogen and must be always be more than the other two other components as if it is not right composition the lawn will be burnt easily. One should fertilise in early spring to jump start the root growth.

No matter how much the lawn is healthy there is going to be a few weeds that will pop up. One can either manually remove them or use herbicides as the last resort as it causes pollution and can damage other plants nearby. Herbicides and fertilisers should not be applied when it’s too hot or when it’s raining for them to be effective. For insects and pests such as grups and beetles that can destroy the lawn one can use pesticides and insecticides although they destroy other useful organisms such as worms. When using this one needs to be careful and use personal protective equipment as they are highly poisonous.

Check the Ph value is important as neither acidic or too alkaline is good for growth. One can purchase a kit and use lime and sulphur to adjust these levels depending on the results.

Here’s a video tip from Better Homes and Gardens:

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