One of the perks of owning your own home is the ability to own your own lawn where you can entertain for parties and use it as a place for your kids to play. Taking care of the grass takes a lot of hard work, even further than simply cutting it. Giving it the right amount of water, cutting it properly, and keeping pests away by using bug sprays or mole control devices are just some of the considerations you need to make in order to keep your grass healthy.
The sun in our solar system is responsible for all life on earth, and while we wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for its warm glow, too much sun can be deadly to a lawn. Easily, the biggest enemy to a lawn is a heat wave and drought, as it usually leads to water conservation measures in your community. With a lack of water, grass doesn’t stand a chance in the summer heat for too long, and before you know it, your lawn will resemble a field of wheat. To keep the grass green and not a golden brown, keep it well watered when you can. Planting trees can also give your grass a much needed break from the sun by providing some shade as the sun moves across the sky.
Just like the sun, too much of a good thing like rain can be deadly to your lawn; especially when you’re dealing with flooding. When the soil becomes oversaturated with water, it leads to flooding which can cause irreversible damage to the grass. Essentially, the grass drowns. While in extreme situations, it may not be possible to prevent flooding, if you have flooding problems during a normal rain, there are ways that you can deal with it. Identify the problem spots; if there is a spot that consistently floods, digging a draining ditch can be all you need to do in order to keep the spot from filling with water. This way, you can control where the water flows and can send it into the street or have it deposit into your driveway.
Cutting the Grass
Having a beautiful lawn all comes down to how often you cut your grass. You do not want to let it go for too long, otherwise the lawn grows too long and looks unkempt; just like your hair. Cutting it too often, and too short for that matter can do more harm than good. A low blade can scorch the grass, essentially burning it the way the sun would. There is no reason to keep your grass as close as the 18th green, so let the grass grow just enough without letting it get out of hand.
A healthy lawn can be your centerpiece for a beautiful landscaping plan; to the unseen threat, however, a nice lawn is a virtual lunch buffet. Pests like moles and insects can wreak havoc on healthy and unhealthy lawns alike and can ruin all previous efforts you’ve made in order to preserve a green lawn. Spraying pesticides and mole control traps can ward off any potential pest looking for a quick bite. Next time, they’ll look elsewhere before they settle down for a free lunch.
Keeping care of your lawn can be a rewarding feat and can result in some beautiful landscaping. Just remember to water it properly and keep those pests away.
Mark points out the biggest threats to your lawn and how to help minimize their negative effects.