Want to make your landscaping the envy of all your neighbors? Maintaining a thick, vibrant green lawn increases the aesthetic of your home and will impress the guests at your summer BBQ. Luckily, growing lush grass is not difficult — follow these tips for a beautiful lawn this summer.
Test the soil
To best prepare your lawn for the summer you should begin by testing your soil’s pH. You can purchase a do-it-yourself test kit from your local home improvement retailer or take a sample to a nearby nursery. This will tell you what your soil lacks so you can give it what it needs to grow thick, beautiful grass!
Seeding your lawn
If your lawn has any bare or brown spots, you’ll need to do a little seeding to make it lush and green again. Begin by properly aerating our soil, and then spread the seed evenly over the area by hand or with a seed spreader. Cover the area with a light layer of soil and water properly — not too much or you will drown the seed.
Fertilizing your lawn
Properly fertilizing your lawn will give it what it needs to grow healthy and green. If you prefer not to buy store-bought chemical fertilizers, you can easily make your own natural alternative with compost material. It’s imperative to spread your fertilizer evenly, so you should definitely use a spreader for this step. For ideal results, you should fertilize your lawn twice a year — in the fall and the spring.
In southern states, spring fertilizing should be done between February and April and fall fertilizing during October and November. For northern states, spring fertilizing should be done between April and early June and fall fertilizing between September and early October.
Mowing your lawn
The length of your grass can greatly affect its health and appearance. Mowing your grass too short can stunt growth and cause dry, yellow patches — but leaving it too long is unsightly and creates an unkempt, sloppy look.
Watering your lawn
Balance is essential when watering your grass — too much will drown the roots, but not enough will leave you with brown, dry grass. A thorough watering with the hose or sprinkler once a week should be sufficient for a beautiful lawn. However, if you have planted new seeds, water lightly once a day for about five to ten minutes.