Do you spend time mowing, weeding, and edging your lawn but still fall short? Do you spend money on weedkiller and fertilizer but are still left lacking?
Many people have these same frustrations with their yards. They often wonder why their neighbors’ lawn looks greener and fuller when they spend less time working on their yard.
If you’re done admiring your neighbor’s lush green lawn and are ready for a gorgeous one of your own, you’ve come to the right place! Discover the five secrets to achieving the perfect lawn.
1. Deep, Third Day Watering
Have you ever heard of “deep watering”? You should familiarize yourself with this term if you want a perfect lawn.
Deep watering gives your lawn one inch of water for 12 inches of earth. That requires watering for longer periods, fewer times per week.
Try turning on your sprinklers every three days instead of every day, but lengthen the time they stay on.
That way your grass gets a good, deep watering that saturates it for multiple days. Deep third day watering will build strong roots and blades!
2. Follow the 1/3 Rule
Did you know that cutting your grass too short can hurt it? Yes, over mowing can stunt your lawn’s growth and damage its progress.
The “one-third rule” is to avoid cutting more than one-third of your grass blade. Any more than that is too close to the root.
Mowing your lawn is important for its health and balance, but too much works in the opposite direction. For most yards and climates, mowing once a week is the perfect amount.
3. Take Proper Care of Fresh Sod
Once you lay sod, it’s not the end of the road! There is a specific, right way to take care of sod. You’d hate to see your fresh new grass die before it’s even rooted in your ground.
First of all, it’s imperative not to walk on new sod for at least two weeks after installation. Walking on it too early can rip up the blades of grass so they can’t take root. You could end up with a trampled, muddy mess that you can’t salvage.
Second, fresh sod must get watered more often than regular, established grass. Most professionals recommend three times a day for the first few weeks.
Third, depending on your sod and how it’s doing, you could need to mow it as soon as one week after installation. If you don’t mow it in time, it could take in too much sun or shade and that will cause damage.
These tips might seem like a lot, but your new grass needs all the help it can get to take root and become strong! How often you should water your sod is specific to your yard and your area. Hire a reliable sod company to install yours then tell you exactly how to best water it!
4. Proper Fertilization
Do you have brown spots in your grass that don’t respond to extra watering? What about yellow patches or off-colored streaks?
These are common issues for every lawn owner. Some parts of your lawn might benefit from fertilization!
Maybe you think of fertilization as something one only does before the grass grows. But that’s a misconception. You can fertilize patches of your lawn when the grass is already there, but you have to do it right:
- Make sure that you start this process at the right time of year depending on where you live and the weather.
- Give your grass a good, deep watering a few days before you fertilize.
- Spread the fertilizer across the desired area. There are many different kinds of fertilizer available, so be sure to choose one that’s right for your grass and climate in particular. The easiest way to spread fertilizer is with a push machine that sprays it as you walk.
- Water again. Don’t forget this step! This is what pushes the fertilizer into the soil.
Now you don’t have to worry as much when you see the neighbor’s dog come over to your lawn to use the bathroom. Fertilizer can help with that!
5. Be Proactive with Pets
Speaking of pets, they can be hard on (and, frankly, quite damaging for) your grass. Dogs tend to mark, roll around, and even run in the same patterns, which can carve out little trails in your lawn.
Third day watering and fertilization will both help this situation. But it’s also important to be proactive the moment you see something happen.
You let your pet out to use the bathroom and you see them urinate. Don’t hesitate to grab the hose and throw some water on that spot right away. That can help break up the harmful chemicals that dribbled into your soil.
It may seem like a lot of work, especially if it’s cold or late at night, but you won’t regret this care and attention. It’s much better to address that patch before it turns yellow then try to revive it after!
You Can Get the Perfect Lawn!
Every homeowner dreams of the perfect lawn. It adds to your curb appeal, makes your house look newer and nicer, and helps you feel peaceful and accomplished.
Let the days of brown spots, weak patches, and wasted money be behind you! These five tips will help you achieve your perfect lawn.
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