Taking care and renovating a lawn can be a hard task. There are lots of nits and grits related to it and can seem particularly hard if you are not used to taking regular care of your lawn. This guide will help you get started with the basics of renovating your lawn.
To renovate your lawn yourself, first, you will need some tools. A lawnmower, rake, soil aerator, spade, and a wheelbarrow are the basic tools that you will need. You also need weed killers, fertilizer, seed, and sod. We will describe the significance of these tools and break down everything you need to know on lawn renovation below-
1. Never Forget To Mow
This is the first step to make sure your lawn stays healthy and lush. Grass grows most during summer. So it’s best to start mowing regularly from spring. It is important to follow the 1/3rd rule. You should not cut more than 1/3rd of the grass height. If you do so it will slow down and disrupt the growth of the grass.
You should mow the lawn at least once every week during the summer. The ideal setting for mowing is at three inches and never below two and a half-inch.
You should bag the clippings if there are lots of weeds or fungus in your lawns. You can discharge sideways if you mow regularly and the clippings are short. Mulching is alright provided if your mower is effective for that. Mowing your lawn regularly can help deep and wide growth of roots in the grass.
2. Overseed Your Lawn
Overseeding is an absolute necessity when it comes to taking care of your lawn. If you have used your lawn for a long time, chances are the lawn has consumed high foot traffic. That can lead to reduced growth of the grass that is why it is necessary to overseed.
The next step would be knowing How to Overseed Your Lawn. For that, first, you need to trim the existing grasses so that the new seeds get proper sunlight. Decide on the type of grass you want and spread them using hands if you have a small area or want to overseed a particular spot. For large spaces use lawn spreaders.
Take proper care by adding ample water, fertilizer, and make sure the area is free from existing clippings and weed.
3. Water Properly
Watering should be done infrequently but deeply. You should water once every week during spring and summer. You should maintain at least an inch of water depth while watering your lawn. Everyday shallow watering will result in short roots in the grass.
The best time to water is early morning around 5 am and early afternoon. You should synchronize the sprinklers if you can’t maintain the time. Watering at midday will make the water evaporate; you will not get any benefit out of it. Watering late at night will increase chances of fungal attack so that’s inadvisable as well.
4. Use Fertilizer Sufficiently
Adding fertilizer is a very important step. Your grass won’t grow to be lush and beautiful without proper fertilizer. The best time to put fertilizers is during spring.
You should read the labels of the fertilizer to know how to use it. You can use a fertilizer spreader to spread it evenly on the lawn. Fertilizers rich in iron will give the grass a deep green color. Potassium and phosphorus levels can be maintained with starter fertilizers.
5. Banish The Weeds
Weed killers or herbicides are efficient in banishing weed for good. However, Be careful not to put these directly on your plants. There are different brands of pre-emergent and post-emergent weed killers available. We recommend reading the labels on the packets before use.
You can use an all-purpose brand too. There are specific types for clover, crabgrass, bluegrass, nutsedge, and nimblewill. You can find the specific brands for these in your local shops. Mixing weed killers with surfactants will make it easy to spray. It will be easy to track your spray if you mix a little non permanent dye in the mixture.
It is advised to use weed killers at a temperature below eighty-five degrees. The herbicides will be absorbed better by the soil in colder temperatures.
6. Make A Beautiful Edge
You can dig out the edges of your lawn with a spade to stop the grass from growing there. Then you can fill the edge with stones, bricks, or any other decorative item of your liking. This will create a long-lasting edge.
You can also use sod to fill out your lawn. Sod should be planted right after when they are delivered. You should not water the sod right away.
This will make planting tough. You should lay the sod one roll at a time then cut off the edges where you need. Put enough soil around the edges so the roots don’t get dry. Roll down a heavy roller on the sod to connect it with the soil below. Water the sod regularly like you do your lawn to increase root growth.
7. Get Rid Of The Pesky Grubs AND Insects
Some neighborhoods have issues with grubs. These are little beetling larvae that look like small shrimps. These eat the roots of the grass and plants. Your local agricultural center can supply you with the information if your neighborhood has any grub problems.
If there are grubs in your neighborhood, you should take steps to get rid of them. You can use any brand of grub killing chemicals while putting fertilizers. These won’t kill the insects right away. The chemicals take at least a week to take effect. You may not need to use all of it. Save some for the next season.
You don’t need to use pesticides if there isn’t a high number of insects on your lawn. Some pesticides also kill good insects like bees, so you should be careful with the application.
8. Prepare Against Fungal Attacks
Fungal attacks are like a disease to grass. Wet conditions along with summer humidity can cause fungal attacks. To prevent fungal attacks, watering during evening and night should be avoided
Dew can also cause fungal attacks. You should get rid of dew on your lawn as soon as possible every day. You can use a leaf blower to do this.
You should not use more than one and a half pounds of fertilizer at a time. Using more fertilizer will increase the chances of fungal attacks. You can also use fungicides that can be found at local stores. We recommend a liquid type rather than a granular type.
You should wear protective gear like a mask and rubber gloves before using any chemical in your garden.
9. Give Your Lawn Time To Grow
After you are done with all the steps of renovating your lawn, you should let it rest for a few days. You should not walk on the grass during winter seasons. In the winter seasons, grasses usually remain vulnerable and weak. So walking and playing on it can cause damage to the roots. This will hamper the growth in the next season.
It is important to keep off the grass if you have planted sod as well. Sods might take some time to grow. So it is important not to walk on the grass until you see some initial growth in grass.
Lush green lawns are the perfect addition to your amazing home. Follow the above-mentioned tips to make sure your lawn breathes in a new life and stays healthy and green.