As homeowners, we want to have a lawn that looks its best all year long. We tend to feel sad when we see brown spots on our lawn. If your lawn is on the undesirable side, it’s time to put in a little extra work. There are ways to boost your yard’s aesthetic appeal.
In this blog, we’ve compiled steps to take to restore your lawn to its glory days. Follow our tips and tricks to have a vibrant-looking turf:
Loosen Up Compacted Soil
Sometimes, the issues in your garden are caused by compacted soil. Compaction happens when the soil particles are packed closely. Under this condition, plants can’t grow well.
What you need to do is loosen up the soil and freshen the dirt. Work in organic materials over the soil surface. Spread compost, mulch, and wood chips over bare soil in flower beds. When you add organic matter, this will increase aeration and retain water in the soil.
Earthworms are also effective in addressing soil compaction. They help improve the soil structure by decreasing the bulk density of soil.
Remove Excessive Thatch
Organic thatch is the layer between the grass blades and the soil. Too much thatch is not good for your turf. A few drawbacks of excessive thatch are diseases and pest infestation. To avoid problems in the future, perform dethatching regularly.
A thatch layer of 1/2 inch is enough to serve as a healthy barrier. Anything more than that should be removed. If you want to dethatch your lawn, use a rake and push it through the grass. This method is possible in small lawn areas.
When your plants are starting to wilt, it means they need water. But the key to a vibrant turf is watering deeply, not frequently. The correct amount of water will allow your plants to flourish. We recommend that you follow the best practices in lawn watering.
First, know your lawn grasses’ needs. They typically require 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. Your turf can get this from rain or by deep watering. To reduce evaporation, early morning watering (between 4 AM and 10 AM) is recommended. Always remember to avoid underwatering and overwatering your lawn grass.
Don’t Forget to Fertilize
Your lawn grass needs nutrients too. Grass fertilizers allow your lawn to grow lush and thick—all year long. In general, your grass needs nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. Perform a simple soil test to know the specific nutrients that your soil craves.
A professional landscaper can help you find the right product for your turf. Moreover, they know how to feed around the perimeter and the rest of your garden beds. Each application of grass fertilizer should be 6 to 8 weeks apart. This will prevent you from overfertilizing your lawn.
Mow and Trim Your Lawn
The most common way to keep your turf in tip-top shape is by cutting the grass. A well-maintained lawn can significantly boost your home’s curb appeal. Do not let the grass get knee-high before you trim them.
Without mowing and trimming, lawn grass can run wild. It will also attract bugs, pests, and pesky weeds. Before they clump up over your garden, cut the grass and do some edging. Make sure to collect grass clippings and dispose of them in your compost.
Overseed or Reseed Your Lawn
When you have a worn-out lawn, adding a layer of grass seed is the answer. Overseeding will help get rid of troublesome spots around your turf. After mowing and raking, spread the grass seed according to the label instructions. A fresh layer of grass seed will allow new grass to thrive and flourish.
To maintain your newly revived lawn, make sure to apply started fertilizers on the surface. The overseeded lawn also needs light watering during the first few weeks. Consult a landscaping company on how you can boost your lawn.
Call in Our Lawn Care Experts
At Midstate Landscaping, we prioritize your lawn care needs. Our goal is to provide quality landscaping solutions and prompt services for our clients. When you work with us, we will ensure the best possible service for you!
If you need our help, reach out to our staff today. Let us boost the curb appeal of your lawn and entire outdoor space!