Whether you just bought a new home and have a much larger lawn than you’re used to, or you’ve just finally decided to spruce up your backyard, maintaining a beautiful and well-manicured lawn is not always an easy feat. You don’t necessarily need to have a green thumb to keep your lawn looking as nice as your neighbors, but there are some dos and don’ts.
You may also decide to hire professionals to landscape your property, and that is OK too. But if you can’t afford that or would simply rather do it yourself, here are some simple tips to help you out.
Using Optimal Equipment
You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to maintain your lawn, but using professional equipment can certainly help. If you don’t own a decent mower, you might consider borrowing one from a friend or renting one every so often. This goes for gardening tools as well. Bad quality tools break easily and may not make it through their first job.
Grouping Planting and Trees
If all of your plants and trees are grouped into beds or islands or are off around the outer edges of the lawn, this will make mowing much faster and easier for you, which means you will be likely to do it more often!
Mowing small quantities of leaves into your lawn can help provide a natural fertilizer for the grass as well as food for the earthworms, who are also very good for your lawn!
Recycling Grass Clippings
Another way to provide natural fertilizer is to use a mulching mower so that you recycle your grass clippings instead of bagging them and throwing them away. Good for the environment as a whole AND good for your lawn. Win-win.
Testing Your Soil
Did you know that you can get your soil tested by your state’s University Extension Service, and in most cases, this service is free? Getting your soil tested means less guesswork when it comes to fertilizer and other lawn treatments, which can get expensive fast. Treated your lawn with the exact nutrients it needs when it needs them will save you time and money in the long run and will also keep your lawn looking perfect.
Maintaining lawns can be a little intimidating, especially to those who have no experience with it. However, with the above tips, you will be on your way to the best lawn on the block in no time. Just remember that your lawn is a living thing (actually, thousands of living things) and give it a little love. It will love you right back.