Nothing beats organic fertilizer. This is a form of fertilizer sourced from animals or other plant products.
Organic matters decompose really quickly.
When they do
They become carbohydrates and proteins.
As a result, they will fatten up those earthworms that provide better soil structure.
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Aside from organic, you also want your fertilizer to be rich in nitrogen.
Nitrogen is the most important nutrient that you can feed your lawn.
How often do you fertilize?
At least once a year.
Better yet, research a plan that will fit the kind of grass that you have as well as your lawn’s type of soil.
Don’t fertilize during winter and during the hottest summer of the year.
Spring would be a great time to fertilize.
Aeration is the process perforating the soil so that air will penetrate the roots of the grass.
At the same time, water and nutrients will also fully penetrate the soil to keep it moist and healthy.
Since we’re talking about home lawns
This is usually smaller so aeration can be done just once every year.
You don’t have to buy your own lawn aerator. There are aerators you can rent, just check out your local garden shop or equipment rental companies.
What do you do with the soil?
The soil taken from the aeration are known as plugs.
Leave them on the lawn to decompose and nourish the soil and grass.
6. Remove thatch
Go around your lawn and notice what looks like a bunched up grass. That is most likely a thatch.
It is a mixture of dead and living organic matter.
A thatch could be good or bad
If it’s a low thatch, then it can just work as a mulch for the lawn.
If it’s an inch high or higher, then it should be removed.
A thatch is spongy and when you really look at it, you’ll see a combination of roots and stems.
These roots and stems are growing on the lawn surface instead of within the soil.
The thatch could prevent drainage, which means water and nutrients will not be evenly distributed to the grass.
How do you remove it?
You can just rake over it. Don’t go deep or you will damage your lawn.
Now that the thatch is gone, add soil to the area. Use the same soil as the one you already have on the lawn.
A patch of grass will eventually grow in that area.
7. Remove weeds
Weeds are the worst!
They don’t just make your lawn unattractive, they also hurt your feet–a lot of them at least.
You are walking barefoot on your lush lawn and something just feels off on your feet.
If you step on one, most likely there are more just spread around your lawn.
It’s quite simple
You can just uproot them by hand.
It’s only taxing work if there are so many of them. That’s why you need to weed them out before they multiply by a lot on your lawn.
What if they are too many?
Then it’s time to put some herbicides on your lawn.
There are herbicides created for lawns so that they won’t damage the grass.
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There are treatments for specific weeds.
It might be wise to check your local garden shop for recommendations.
8. Apply top dressing
You know how a dressing will make your salad more delicious?
Well, a top dressing on a lawn sort of works the same way.
Instead of making your lawn more delicious, you’re making it healthier and better looking.
So, what is a top dressing?
It’s basically a thin compost that you spread over your lawn.
It’s not going to look pretty for some time.
Just for a little bit
The compost will easily decompose and become nutrients for your lawn.
Here’s an idea:
Apply top dressing by hand.
You can use a shovel to put it on the lawn but you should pat and flatten the top dressing down with your hand.
This will allow you to spread it out evenly.
9. Make sure there is no drainage problem
You know you have a drainage problem when you have stagnant water on the lawn.
Basically, this is quite common when you have a dense soil. But it shouldn’t take hours for the water to disappear.
When it does
You definitely have a drainage problem.
A good solution will be creating an underground drain.
If the problem doesn’t affect the entire lawn
Then this means that the problem is only in a specific area.
Perhaps you can improve drainage on that particular area by just improving the soil component.
10. Reseed balding patches
If there are areas in the lawn where the grass is thinning, the solution is quite simple.
You only need to seed over it.
When’s the best time to do it?
At the start of the fall.
Take care of your lawn! An ugly lawn will make the exterior of your house look ugly as well. The lawn is the extension of your house. It should be as pretty as the interior and structural exterior. A manicured lawn is also a good place to hang out.
You know what else? A healthy lawn is good for the environment. It’s good for you as well. When the grass is healthy, it can easily trap pollutants in its turf. That means you’ll get cleaner air. Also, healthy grass produces oxygen.
So how do you take care of the lawn? Read on to find out the 10 steps to the perfect lawn.