6 Easy Steps to Growing a Beautiful Lawn

growing a beautiful lawn
A beautiful lawn is not just about the way it looks but whether it can maintain the same appeal year after year. This is not possible by pumping in fertilizers, using pesticides with utter disregard for the natural ecosystem that exists in your lawn. I believe that a carefully nurtured lawn with organic practices leads to a beautiful and long lasting lawn, one that takes care of itself and reduces costs in the long run.

Initially, expect a slightly higher investment of money, effort and time in transforming your lawn into something spectacular. After all, you will have to restore the soil health and build up the grass cover but taking care from the start ultimately saves you money and helps fight weeds and pests on its own. My years of gardening experience have culminated in the following six steps that will always work wonders irrespective of where you reside.

1. Thicken The Lawn

When you have a grass cover existing in your lawn, you only have to thicken its density to give a lush effect. Just spread grass seeds across the lawn. A thick lawn automatically stops the growth of weed as weed seeds do not get the place to grow. Additionally, grasses have a wider network of roots that go deep and so they prevent weeds from ever surfacing. Make sure that you use a specific mix of seeds that are suitable to your location, sun shade and climatic conditions.

The best time to start seeding is the Fall but if you have a thin lawn then begin early during the Spring. First cut the grass to 2 inches high so that sunlight can filter down to the seeds helping them germinate.

2. Use Compost

Compost increases the organic matter in soil by 7 percent and helps in retaining water. Basically it acts as a topdressing for the soil. First drop small piles of compost randomly around the yard and then rake it out with a three eight inch or quarter inch rake.

3. Water Wisely

For summers, you typically end up using 40 to 60 percent of your entire water bill on the lawn. If you follow organic practices and use compost as explained above with the right grass choice, you can save a lot of water. The best practice is to water the lawn early in the morning as it reduces evaporation. Instead of regularly watering the lawn practice a deep infrequent cycle so that your grass develops a deeper root network in order to resist drought conditions. This comes handy during summers.

4. Cut Higher

Mowing can cut down your pesticide and fertilizer usage. For cool season grass 3 inch is the perfect height to keep the lawn at. Use the highest setting available on your mower to reduce stress on the grass and mow as frequently as possible. This keeps the grass strong at the root level, promotes conservation of water and keeps it at an optimum level. Finally remember never to cut off more than 1/3rd of the total grass height.

5. Reuse Clippings

Rather than bagging grass, use a mulching blade to leave clippings all over your lawn. Their compost helps in adding back valuable nutrients into the soil. Naturally this means you spend less on fertilizers and maintain the quality of soil. Most people feel that mulching tends to create a thatch preventing entry of nutrients and water into the soil. In reality excessive use of fertilizers tends to thatch the soil.

6. Feed Responsibly

All organic fertilizers are great for the soil. Yes, it takes time to break up organic sources in the soil and extract nutrients from them but being 100 percent biodegradable, it is healthy for the soil. Moreover, plants find it easier to feed on organic fertilizers as they release nutrients slower than fertilizers do.

I learnt of these steps through trial and error. Before I started practicing organic lawn care, I used to lavishly spend on fertilizers, weed killers and artificial substances. However, a steady deterioration of my lawn health drove me to devise methods that would not only keep the lawn looking fresh and vibrant but also would safeguard the soil life.

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