How to take care of your lawn

Admit it, you have occasionally, or quite regularly – depending on your neighbourhood, passed by a well-manicured lawn and subconsciously found yourself doing a double take on it, haven’t you? You have also probably thought about how you can make yours just as good. Well then, this article is for you.

Lawn care is one of those subjects whose results can be breathtakingly amazing but not so much about the process of achieving them. While many people would wish to have that lush green carpet adorning the compound of their homes, offices hotels etc. a majority are not big fans of the effort that goes into achieving that splendid result. As any seasoned gardener from will tell you, buried beneath that inviting thing of beauty is an unadulterated spirit of hard-work and commitment coupled with a matching degree of meticulousness. So, before you can transform that fancy idea of a cute lawn into reality, you should first be ready to get down and dirty, but fret not, because when you put your mind to it you’ll actually find yourself enjoying the process. Let’s get down to business.
Avoid compaction. When the grass is compacted, it doesn’t grow well. It needs some breathing space and that’s exactly what we’re going to give it. You can easily achieve this aeration by using a garden fork. Just push it into the ground and then rock it back and forth to loosen up the soil and to catalyze new growth.

Fill in the bare patches. I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for uniformity. And those patches sure do look ugly, don’t they. Patch them up. When you’re reshaping your lawn, collect the chopped off strips and grow them inside a seed tray. To do the patchwork, cut out a regular patch from your turf to create ample space for replacement. Now gently lay in the new turf and press it down firmly to ensure that it is the same level as the existing one.

Watering. This one is easy. During the summer, use a sprinkler on your lawn preferably in the evening as you occasionally move it from one location to another. Watering is especially helpful for young lawns, though the more mature lawns also need some watering especially during summer.

Edging. You can use a half moon edger or a sharp pair of shears to neatly mark out the edges of your lawn. This will make your garden neat and give it a nice and clean finish.

Feeding. Apply fertilizer to your lawn when rain has been forecast so that the water can wash down the minerals and nutrients to the roots. If it doesn’t rain after you have applied the fertilizer, hydrate the lawn to prevent the grass blades from getting burnt by the fertilizer.

Weeding. Mowing and feeding your lawn regularly is an efficient way to deal with those annoying weeds like dandelions and plantains. You can also use a hand trowel to manually remove the weeds if your lawn is not too large. Avoid using chemicals as a way of dealing with the weeds unless as a measure of last resort.

Mowing. You should mow the lawn roughly once per week during summer and once every fortnight during the winter, spring and autumn seasons. Always ensure that your mower is maintained properly and that the blades are well sharpened. You should mow the lawn a bit longer during summer, approximately 5 – 10 cm to make it less susceptible to the hot weather.

So the next time you see you neighbour casting an evil glance at you for stepping on their lawn, don’t be too quick to judge them, you know what it has cost them. Happy gardening.