If you want a lawn that’s the envy of your neighbours, but don’t know where to start, check out these tips on lawn care for beginners.
Regular mowing is key when it comes to keeping your lawn in top shape. Avoid cutting it too close to the ground as this will cause damage in the long run – especially coming into cooler months. As a general rule, never mow more than one third of the grass length at a time.
Sharp mower blades are essential. Dull blades will cause the grass to be torn instead of cut, which is harmful to the health of your lawn. Take your mower to a mower repair shop once a year for a service to make sure the blades are kept sharp and the machine is running well.
Watering your lawn correctly is a must if you want a healthy, lush lawn. A sprinkler or soaker hose will help to ensure a consistent and deep watering session every time. You can rely on the rain to assist in watering your lawn for the most part, however in hotter, dryer conditions you will need to make sure you are watering it yourself or your lawn will dry out.
If your lawn is looking a little dry, water it in the morning or early afternoon for up to one hour. Watering for longer periods, less frequently, will encourage a more drought tolerant lawn and will avoid over-saturation. Deep, occasional watering encourages the roots to seek water lower in the soil profile and makes the lawn more drought-hardier over time.
Don’t forget to check the water restrictions in your area before you start!
If you find weeds in your lawn, search online to identify what type they are before taking action. Some weeds will require you to carefully remove it by hand, taking care not to spread the seeds. Others will need you to purchase a selective herbicide to coat the leaves, making sure you only get it on the weed itself to avoid damaging your lawn.
Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging.
Sometimes your lawn will need a boost in essential nutrients to keep it looking healthy, that’s where fertiliser comes in. It’s best to apply fertiliser to your lawn during its growing period, usually late spring to early summer.
Always water-in your fertiliser or your lawn will burn. It’s a good idea to wait until rain is predicted before applying fertiliser, to save your water bill and the environment. Check the directions on the fertiliser packaging as some varieties will require more watering in than others.
Although you can apply fertiliser by hand, it will be quicker and easier if you invest in a spreader.
Follow these basic steps and you’ll have the best lawn on your street in no time!