Unless you are a fan of paving and decking, you probably take pride in one or more lawn areas in your garden. As far as general lawn care is concerned, you are probably aware that you should do things like rake up clippings after mowing, as they can stunt new growth and lead to yellowing or even dead grass.
It’s also important to pay attention to the amount of water you’re using, especially if you can reasonably expect rain on a regular basis. An over-watered lawn will lead to grass dying off as surely as a parched one.
However, there are a few lawn care do’s and don’ts which aren’t quite so obvious. Here are a few which might not have occurred to you.
The Right Way to Cut Your Grass
You might not be aware that a blunt mower can do a great deal of harm to a growing lawn, causing it to lose moisture. If in doubt, look for ragged grass and brown patches, and sharpen your mower blades regularly.
There is the temptation to cut your lawn too short, which can be just as bad. You might think that you’ll be cutting down on how often you have to mow, but you’re actually giving weeds the perfect opportunity to take hold. Also, mow your lawn in a different direction each time, to encourage a thicker growth and discourage the grass blades from bending over.
Seeding and Feeding
You may think that grass is just grass, but the wrong type of seed for your climate will fail to thrive. Any plant that is not suited for your weather will die off — including your lawn – so it might not matter how diligently you carry out other aspects of lawn care.
Once you’ve decided on the right sort of seed, make sure that you give some thought to feeding it properly. As with choosing the right sort of grass, make sure that you do your research so that you also end up with the correct fertilizer.