Are you tired of having a lawn that's brown and ugly? Have you been thinking about things you can do next year to ensure that your lawn is green, vibrant, and the best one on the block? Having a great lawn can seem, at times, to be impossible. Fortunately, this isn't the case. Maintaining a beautiful lawn can be easy if you take the right steps ahead of time. Some of the things that you should include:
Keep off the grass: In winter and early spring, when the grass is brown and dormant, it's understandable to think that cutting across your yard is an easy and harmless shortcut. But cutting across a dormant lawn can be even worse than walking on a patch of grass that is actively growing. Walking across the grass, especially when it's dormant, compacts the ground underneath your feet. This eliminates small air pockets in the grass and makes the ground harder, making it more difficult for the grass's roots to penetrate. This can result in a patchy lawn that refuses to grow no matter how much water or fertilizer that you add. Aerating your lawn is the best way to allow the grass to begin to grow in these bare spots once again.
Hire a service: Maintaining a beautiful lawn is easier than revitalizing a lawn that is struggling. In order to get started, it may be a good idea to hire one of your local lawn maintenance services. Despite the name, lawn maintenance services do more than simply maintain an already-existing lawn. They can aerate, fertilize, reseed, and even re-sod a lawn in order to get it growing beautifully once again. Once you're satisfied with the condition of the lawn, you can either take over or allow the lawn maintenance services to continue with what they've been doing.
Mow sparingly: One of the biggest reasons why lawns deteriorate is because of aggressive mowing practices. Only a few species of grass are able to handle being cut shorter than 2 inches tall. For best results, you should allow your grass to grow to 3 or 4 inches in height before mowing off approximately 1 inch to leave a height of 2 or 3 inches. Having a longer blade of grass allows the plants to produce more food for themselves, allowing them to recover more quickly. Also, ensure that your mower's blades are always sharp. Dull blades have a tendency to shred blades of grass, causing dehydration and allowing the disease to take hold.