A while back we talked about the way to go about in order to tidy up the neglected backyard. Once that is done, you should divert your attention to the grassy area of the backyard as the real look of the lawn comes from lush green well-tended grass that is spread about evenly without any hideous brown patches.
Before starting off with the project perfect lawn, assess your grass and determine whether you want to simply tame it down or if you want to grow a completely new lawn.
For smartening up an over grown lawn, follow the simple tips below:
- Make sure that the mower’s blades are sharp as dull blades can rip the grass, leaving jagged ends that easily turn brown.
- Always follow the thumb rule to never cut off more than a third of the grass blade length.
- Early morning lawn watering is highly recommended, as compared to watering at night, as the sun helps dry up the grass.
- Test the soil’s ph level; in case of slightly acidic soil, use a drop spreader to add pulverized lime or if the soil is alkaline, add peat moss or other organic materials.
- Fertilize your lawn religiously to provide it with the required nutrients and keeping it lush.
- Rake your lawn to remove the debris that will prevent the grass from soaking up the sun.
- Reseed the area where the grass appears to be thin or where brown patches are appearing.
For growing a lawn from scratch, follow these simple steps:
- Remove all forms of debris, weed, previous grass etc from the plot.
- Use a tiller or shovel to till your soil. This will soften up the soil and aerate it as well plus bring up any leftover weeds that can be cleared up.
- Put down a starter fertilizer that will provide the budding grass with the required nutrients such as phosphorous.
- Rake the soil to make space for the seeds to embed themselves.
- Then spread the seeds using a spreader at a rate recommended on the bag. Don’t go overboard while seeding as more seeds do not necessarily mean a lusher garden!
- Spread a thin layer of peat moss over the seeded area as it acts as a protective layer for the seeds and asmulch as well. This is the most labor intensive task but also the most crucial one as the mulch helps the soil retain its water.
- To ensure good contact between the soil and the seeds, roll the area using a water roller only half filled with water.
- Gently water the entire lawn to allow the water to be absorbed by the soil and does not create puddles. You will have to water many times at short intervals for the soil to be thoroughly irrigated.
- Over the next few days, the peat moss will act as an indicator; water your area when the peat moss turns light brown in color and appears dry.Your seeds get only one shot at sprouting so keep them well hydrated.
- In the end, protect all your hard work but fencing the area if there is a chance of it being trampled by someone. You don’t want all that labor to go down the drain!