4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Yard
Making sure that you have a perfect lawn is probably every homeowner's dream. Although many people tend to veer towards fixing up the interior of your house, making sure that you have the perfect yard can make your house that more aesthetically agreeable, nicer to walk around in, increase the curb value of your home, and might even increase the overall value of your home. There are a number of easy things that you can do in order to improve your yard, overall.
If you want to make sure that your lawn is going to grow to its fullest potential in the healthiest way possible, you should fertilize it with a few things in mind. A great way to get your grass to grow in a more robust and fuller manner is to allow for its roots to dig deeper within the soil. A slow release, organic fertilizer can help your grass achieve this. Not only will your grass become fuller, it will also grow in far healthier and will be far more resistant to disease and insect and pest related issues. If you have warm-season grasses, you should start fertilizing your grass in late spring and stop in early fall. If you have cold-season grasses, fertilize it in the fall and spring.
In order to ensure that your grass is as healthy as it can be, it is best to mow relatively high. The blades of grass that are present on your lawn should be no shorter than 2 inches. There are numerous reasons for doing this, but the most important reason is that it keeps the roots of your grass healthy, and they will be able to resist extreme heat and drought much more easily than if the blades were kept quite short. If you wish to out shade weed seeds and prevent weeds from growing, it is recommended that you keep your grass blades approximately 3 inches high.
Aerate Your Lawn
A compacted lawn is not a particularly healthy lawn. With all of the machinery that might be present on your lawn, not to mention the preponderance of foot traffic, lawns tend to become compacted, which is not the best environment for grass to flourish. It is necessary to create air passages in your lawn so that vital nutrients can pass through its ecosystem and create a robust natural system. To do this, you should loosen compacted bits of soil. You can buy either machine-powered and hand-held aerators are available to help loosen the soil of your lawn and create tiny passages for which air to circulate throughout the soil.
Thatch refers to dead soil and grass that is present on top of your lawn. In essence, it suffocates your lawn and prevents various nutrients from passing their way throughout your lawn's ecosystem. This can make for a particularly dead-looking lawn, as opposed to the robust green yard that you have dreamed of. It can also make room for various pests to infest your lawn, robbing it of its once pest free title. However, it is not necessary to remove all of the thatch from your lawn. Thatch is easy to spot, as it simply looks like matted roots, soil, and grass, and can simply be pulled from your lawn with your hands.
Achieving the perfect lawn isn't the most difficult task in the world. Hopefully, this brief article has given you some insight into what makes a perfect yard a perfect yard. If you want more tips for creating the perfect yard, contact a local landscaping company like Wagner Sod, Landscaping and Irrigation Co., Inc.