When it comes to the appearance of a home, few things make as strong a first impression as the lawn. Luckily, it's not as hard as you might think to keep your lawn looking healthy and lush. If your lawn's looking a little bedraggled and could use some sprucing up, read on. This article will introduce three tips for top-notch turf.
Investigate the quality of your dirt.
When most people think of dirt, they usually don't stop to consider that not all dirt is the same. Soil chemistry can vary drastically not only from region to region, but even from property to property within a single region. Poor soil is often the culprit behind straggly, sick-looking lawns. Therefore, consider having a sample of your soil analyzed by a cooperative extension service.
One of the most important things that a soil analysis will tell you is the pH of your soil. A low pH means your soil is too acidic, which can make it difficult for your lawn to thrive. Luckily, once you know where your soil pH stands, you can optimize it through the addition of lime. Similarly, knowing the nutrient levels of your soil will allow you to strategize exactly how much fertilizer you should add.
Don't cut your grass too short.
For many, the ideal lawn resembles a putting green: low, dense, and springy. Yet in reality this ideal is very hard to achieve. In fact, cutting your grass too short can have an unhealthy effect on your lawn. Instead, for common grass types such as fescue, blue grama, and bahia grass, shoot for an optimum height between two and three inches.
Keeping your grass a little bit longer ensures that the soil receives adequate shade. This in turn affects your lawn in two positive ways. For one thing, it keeps any weed seeds that land on your lawn from receiving the necessary sunlight to thrive. For another, it reduces the amount of soil evaporation, meaning your lawn will be less likely to dry out between waterings.
Keep your mower blades sharp.
A dull lawnmower is one of the worst enemies of a healthy lawn. That's because when mower blades lose their edge, they don't really cut the grass. Rather, they rip, bludgeon, and bruise it. Such brutal damage leaves grass blades much more vulnerable to fungus and disease.
Sharpening mower blades isn't too hard a task. After removing a blade from the mower, a new edge can be put on in minutes, using little more than a vice and a file. Those who are less DIY inclined, or simply don't have the time, may opt instead to have their blade professionally sharpened. Either way, make a point of having your blades honed twice per growing season.
For professional lawn maintenance, contact a company such as Giant Property Maintenance Co.