People want to have a lawn where they can enjoy walking barefoot once in a while, where their children can play, where they can occasionally have a picnic and play a cricket match with guests. But due to some of the misconceptions such as; it’s difficult to maintain a lawn and lawns require too much care, people hesitate to grow their own lawns. This is unfortunate because there are wonderful benefits of having a lawn. Lawns cool the air even more effectively than most air conditioners, they act as natural filters against dust and pollutants, thereby keeping you healthy, and studies suggest that the grass reduces noise pollution.
It’s not difficult to maintain a lawn. Here are 7 simple tips on how to maintain it.
1. Water 1 hour every week rather than 10 minutes every day. Lawn grass doesn’t need to be watered frequently. It is best to turn on the sprinkler for an hour or more so that the water goes deep and moistens the soil which in turn allows the grass roots to grow deeper.
2. Don’t fertilize too much and too often. To keep your lawn healthy and beautiful, you must fertilize it properly. Excess fertilizer in the soil is a major cause of pollution, so proper fertilization will keep both, your lawn, and the environment safe. Fertilize before winter, preferably when there is going to be a light rain. Check weather reports to get an idea on when it’s going to rain, and don’t do it before heavy rains. The water will wash away the fertilizer.
3. Test the PH value of the soil. The right level of acidity in the soil helps the grass grow. A slightly acidic PH level of 6.0 to 6.5 is ideal. Here is an article that shows how to test PH level of soil.
4. Don’t use pesticides or insecticides. People use them to get rid of insects, bugs, and weed from the grass, but it is harmful to both you and the lawn. It is also hazardous for children. While pesticides and insecticides kill insects and bugs, they also kill things like earthworms who help fertilize the soil. Don’t use them.
5. To prevent damage by pet urine, dissolve it by pouring water over the area. Studies suggest that urine when diluted with water, acts as a natural fertilizer. It will also reduce the odour.
6. Use organic fertilizers. They work much better and are cheaper.
7. Don’t mow too often. Cutting grass frequently weakens it. Mow every 1-2 weeks and when the gress exceeds 3-4 inches.