100 Lawn Care Tips EVERY House Owner Should Know

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51. Planting grass seeds shallowly.

You need to consider the fact that grass seed is smaller than other plant seeds. Because of that, you need to plant it shallow. It should only be partially covered by moist soil so that it can grow faster. If you plant it too deep, then it may not be able to absorb sunlight and may fail to grown.

52. Making use of mechanical spreader.

If you want to spread the grass seeds by hand, then that can also be done. However, if you want it to be spread evenly, then it is better to make use of a mechanical spreader for it. This will ensure that seeds are divided evenly aside from the fact that it would prevent missed spots.

53. What if your lawn has a slope.

If your lawn has a slope, you need to be careful in watering the soil after planting the seeds. This is because, if you apply too much water and pressure, you may wash out the seeds from the ground. This would prevent them from being planted evenly, which would not be good once they begin to grow.

54. Natural rainfall.

Natural rainfall is the best water for your grass as well as your seeds. Thus, if your grass has begun to grow and it rains, then there is no need to water them for the day. If the weather is not cooperating, then that is the time that you water the plants yourself. Make use of a misty spray, so that you won’t form puddles in your lawn.

55. What happens when seedlings get washed out.

Seedlings can get washed out due to the angle or slope in your lawn. When they get washed out, aside from making them uneven when it comes to how they are spread on the lawn, they can also get exposed to the sun. Too much sunlight can prevent the seeds to grow since it can rob them of their moisture.

56. The best time to plant grass seed in your lawn.

It is a known fact that the best time to plant grass seed in your lawn is during autumn. With that, if you have the luxury of time, then you can wait for the best season to plant. However, if want to start planting during spring, then you should do it once the ground or the soil thaws.

57. Get your family involved.

Getting your family involved in taking care of your lawn is a good idea. Aside from providing an opportunity to bond with each other, you can also assign each one of your kids as well as your spouse specific assignments. You can all work as a team, which would result in a healthier lawn in just a short span of time.

58. Benefits of a healthy lawn.

If you have a healthy lawn, you would be able to enjoy a lot of benefits from it. For instance, a green lawn would offer a very welcoming atmosphere for your guests. On top of that, lots of passersby would also enjoy looking at it. Moreover, when you are going to celebrate something, you can always do it on your lawn.

59. Having a healthy lawn during summertime.

Lots of people are actually not aware of it; but, healthy grass can actually help in lowering the surface temperature. Thus, if you have a healthy lawn during summertime, then it would help in making you feel cool during the hot weather. With that, you should make sure that your lawn is healthy when summertime is just around the corner.

60. The blades of your mower.

The blades of your mower need to be maintained properly so that your mowing activities would be more beneficial for the grass. With that, you have to sharpen it on a regular basis. Aside from that, if you need to replace them, you should do it the soonest time possible, so that your grass won’t suffer from the dull blades.

61. The best time to mow your lawn.

It is not a good idea to mow your lawn at night since your mower can give off a very noisy sound, which can disturb your neighbors. The best time to mow your lawn would be in the morning when most people would be out of their houses, for their work or in taking their kids to school. Take time in mowing your lawn, though, so that you can do it properly.

62. Keep seeds moist.

Once you have planted your grass seeds, you have to keep in mind that they need to be kept moist all the time. This is because, when they dry out, they may not be able to emerge for the lack of moisture. Thus, water them frequently, but only in moderate amounts, so that you won’t get them drowned.

63. When you want to fertilize.

Timing the application of fertilizer properly should be done, in order to make the seedlings healthy. With that, it is best to apply fertilizer after about 4 to 5 weeks after seeding. This would ensure that the shoot density would be better. On top of that, it also increases the ability of the seedlings to be resistant to certain types of diseases.

64. The first time to mow.

When it comes to mowing your lawn for the first time, it is best to do it once the grass reaches about 60 percent of the recommended height for mowing. Mowing earlier for the first time actually, offers lots of benefits to the grass. It increases the density of the grass aside from making the turf win over the weeds.

65. What happens if the blade of your mower is dull.

If your mower blade is dull, it is very important that you sharpen it immediately. This is because you would just be wasting your time and effort if you continue to use it. Aside from that, it can also pull out young seedlings from the soil, which would make you go back to square one.

66. When to use weed control products.

If you want to make use of weed control products, you need to time it properly. This is because it is actually not a good idea to utilize them at the early stages of the lawn. In other words, if you have young seedlings, then you would put them at risk for injury when you make use of a product to control the weeds. Make use of them only after you have mowed the lawn a couple of times.

67. Make use of pro-biotics.

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that are present in the surroundings. There are products in the market that contain them. When you apply probiotics in your lawn, you would be increasing the volume of good bacteria in it. This would result in making your grass more resistant to diseases, which would ensure that they are in good health at all times.

68. Research.

If you have just relocated, and you want to plant more grass in your lawn, then you should do your research. Do your research about the best grass to plant in your area. Select a grass that is suited in your place in terms of the weather, sunlight, and more. On top of that, it is also best to become more familiar with the kind of climate your location has.

69. Mowing when the grass is wet.

If you are planning to mow your lawn after a heavy rainfall, then you should think again. This is because it is not a good idea to mow the lawn when the grass is wet. When you do that, in most cases, the mower blade would just slide through the grass. Thus, it is best if you mow the lawn when the grass is dry.

70. What to feed your lawn.

Whenever a person thinks about feeding his lawn, he may put his attention to fertilizers. However, one of the best things that you can feed your lawn with is actually grass clippings. Grass clippings can actually decompose easily into the soil, and provide your lawn with the nutrients that it needs.

71. The amount of water needed by your lawn.

In most cases, lawns only need about one-half to one and one-half inches of water each week. Thus, if you are using a home sprinkling system, then doing it for 10 to 15 minutes would be sufficient enough. Do not over water your grass, since they won’t be able to utilize the excess amount of moisture provided to them.

72. Focus on root growth more.

There are certain times of the year when it is best to apply fertilizer, especially when it comes to making the root grow deeper. This would depend on your location and weather. If you can focus more on root growth instead of top growth, then your grass would become more disease resistant and healthy.

73. Do not overuse fertilizers.

It is always best to make use of fertilizers sparingly. This is because overusing it can cause a lot of ill effects to your grass. For example, with excessive use of fertilizers, it can actually result in having more insects in your lawn as well as diseases. When that happens, your maintenance cost would certainly go up.

74. If you have compost, then there is no need to make use of fertilizers.

Compost is actually the best alternative for fertilizers. This is because, they contain organic material, which ensures that your lawn would not be filled with synthetic substances. On top of that, compost actually releases nutrients to the soil gradually, which is more beneficial to the grass.

75. When in need of a lawn care service provider.

If you are trying to make your lawn better and it seems that you are not getting anywhere with it, then it may be time to hire a lawn care service provider for it. To choose the best one, ask your friends and relatives for their recommendations. On top of that, try to check whether the company has a history of violations.

76. Be physically fit.

Keep in mind that caring for your lawn can be physically demanding, especially if you are still at the initial stages of it. Thus, prior to getting started in setting up your lawn, you need to make sure that you are physically fit for it. Get enough exercise, so that you can perform all the work required in caring for your lawn.

77. When to start over.

When it comes to caring for a lawn, you have to keep an open mind about starting all over again. One of the signs that you need to start over again is when you see that your lawn has more weeds than grass. However, you can always tackle certain portions of your lawn first, so that it won’t become too overwhelming.

78. Set up your lawn properly.

Before getting started with the activities in caring for your lawn, you should make sure that you set it up properly. When you set up your lawn correctly, then it would become more inviting for your guests. Aside from that, it can also help you in working on it more conveniently.

79. What to do with dense patches of weeds.

If you see dense patches of weeds in certain parts of your lawn, you can always use an organic herbicide for them. If you don’t want to do that, then you can also just cover them with black plastic. When you cover them, they would just die after a while; and, once they do, then that is the time to reseed.

80. Choosing the right kind of fertilizer for your lawn.

One of the issues that you may encounter in caring for your lawn is choosing the right kind of fertilizer for it. To get around it, all you actually have to do is to have someone test your soil so that you would know what you need to supplement it with. Once you get the results, then you can simply take note of it, and go to the nearest garden shop to purchase your fertilizer.

81. Watch TV shows about gardening and lawn care.

There are TV programs that tackle lawn care and gardening these days. Watching such television shows can help a lot. This is because they are usually offering a lot of tips and facts about the topics. On top of that, they can also show you how certain things are done so that it would be easier to follow.

82. Know more about your soil’s calcium to magnesium ratio.

The ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium is 7 is to 1. When this is attained, then your lawn would be looking great. If not, then it can cause lots of lawn weeds to get you bothered in no time. When this happens, it is time to spread high calcium lime onto your lawn, to bring up its calcium level. Have the soil tested again, so that you can see that it took effect.

83. How much compost to apply.

You may have heard a lot of experts tell you to add compost to your lawn. However, they may always seem to miss telling you how much is needed. To make your lawn happy with the nutrients it can derive from compost, you only have to add about a half of an inch over it. Rake it, so that it would be absorbed by the grass better.

84. Caring for your lawn in the spring.

During springtime, it is necessary to keep off the lawn for a certain span of time. This is because, it is usually during early spring when the ground still has a lot of moisture. Thus, it is best to wait for it to get dried out so that it would be firm enough to walk on.

85. Things to do in early spring.

When it is early spring, you can expect a lot of dead grass, leaves, debris, and a lot of things on your lawn. You have to clean them, with the use of the rake. Make sure that you get them all out from the lawn, and take them to your compost, so that your lawn would look better, and you can continue caring for it.

86. Aerating your lawn.

It is actually necessary to aerate your lawn at certain parts of the year. In fact, it is best to aerate it on a yearly basis, especially in parts of the lawn that is frequently visited by lots of people in your house. For areas that are not high traffic, aerating them every other year would be good enough.

87. Watering during dry conditions.

Watering heavily even just once a week is a good thing to do during dry season. This is even better to do than sprinkling the lawn with water once a day. This is because, daily sprinkling during hot weather conditions can actually result in shallow roots; and, when that happens, the roots can burn easily.

88. It is not a good idea to water at night.

Some people think that it is better to water at night than on daytime. However, this is actually untrue, since watering at night can encourage the development of fungus. The best time to water is early in the morning, so that you won’t encourage fungus to develop, aside from minimizing water loss due to evaporation.

89. Taking care of crabgrass.

Crabgrass can be a problem in your lawn, which is why it is best if you know to get rid of it. One of the best ways to do it is to make use of pre-emergent herbicide. However, if you want something natural to use, then you should buy corn gluten instead. Crabgrass needs sunlight to grow, which is why it should not be a problem in shaded parts of your lawn.

90. Preventing crabgrass to become a problem again.

One of the best things to do if you had to deal with crabgrass last year, is to prevent it from developing. There are actually fertilizer products available in the market today, which also contain substances to prevent crabgrass. If you can find it in one of the local stores in your area, then make use of it, so that you no longer have to deal with the same problem this year.

91. Proper fertilizer application.

When it comes to applying fertilizer on your lawn, you need to read its full instructions first. Aside from that, you should also remove everything that you are see on the lawn such as toys, debris, and such. Make use of a reliable spreader, so that you can apply the fertilizer evenly.

92. What kinds of fertilizers to avoid.

When you are choosing between a lot of fertilizers for your lawn, one of the things that you need to remember is to avoid those that have high levels of nitrogen. This is because, this kind of fertilizer can make your grass grow quickly. When that happens, it would actually attract lots of insects, which is bad news.

93. What to do if you have pets.

If you have pets, then most likely, you want them to enjoy your lawn as well. To make sure that they are safe, though, it is best if you make use of pesticides that are made out of food grade substances. By doing this, you won’t have to worry if your pets always love to play around in your lawn.

94. Pulling up weeds.

Some people may become quite hesitant in pulling up weeds for some reasons. However, it is actually a good thing to do, especially when you see them just right after a night of rain. Pulling them up when the ground is moist would be very easy to do, which is why you should do it more often.

95. Activities best done during fall.

After summer, your lawn may have damaged or bald areas due to the heat. Thus, one of the best things to do during fall is to reseed. With that, just before summer ends, it is best if you already prepare your grass seeds. Follow proper seeding procedure, so that they would develop well.

96. Let your grass grow more.

You may want your grass to be short so that your lawn would look neat. However, it is actually better to let them grow more. Let them reach the height of 3 to 3 and a half inches, and maintain that for months. This would actually provide more shade for the soil during summer, which minimizes evaporation. On top of that, it would also block weed seeds.

97. Make sure you wear a hat.

One of the things that can discourage you to work on your lawn for long periods of time is the heat. Thus, it is important that you wear the comfortable hat when you go to your lawn. Even if you are wedding, it should help you extend the time you spend on your lawn, since it provides you with comfort.

98. Do not underestimate the heat of the sun.

When you are working on your lawn, you should not underestimate the heat of the sun. This is because the heat can get you dehydrated. With that, it is important that you bring a bottle of water with you each time you go out. On top of that, wear comfortable clothing, so that you won’t have difficulties in working at your lawn.

99. Have the right tools.

If you have the right tools when you are working on your lawn, then you would make things easier. Some of the tools you can include in your list would be kneeling pad, gloves, welder, and such. You can even make use of a basket when you are weeding so that you can simply put all the weeds in it,

100. Spend time in your lawn.

You should spend some time in your lawn on a daily basis. When you do that, you would be able to enjoy it more, especially if the grass has become very healthy. On top of that, when you spend time on your lawn, it would also help you determine things that you can work on, as well as spot potential problems.

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