The hot summer can wreak havoc on your nice green lawn. A lawn can go dormant and turn brown which is not a nice look for your landscaping. Here are five steps to take to keep a healthy green lawn.
1. Mow at the right height
You want to make sure to mow your lawn at a good height so your grass stays nice and green. Cutting your grass at a taller height can shad the soil helping to keep in the moisture which allows for a robust root system. Shorter grass can dry out the roots causing ample opportunity for weeds to grow. A good rule of thumb is to cut off about 1/3 of the grass each time.
2. Let clippings lie
If you are OCD then this could be a hard task. Leaving the grass clippings can look untidy at times but if done the correct way this will not happen. Timing your cuts and cutting at the proper height will just give off enough clippings to be beneficial. The clippings will actually help your grass to stay healthy. Sometimes called ‘grasscycling’, this will save you time and money – as the fine mulch clippings will act as a natural fertilizer to provide nutrients back to your lawn.
3. Clean up after your pets
Your four-legged family members can also be a bad thing for your yard. Their waste will leave dead spots in the lawn. When your pet goes potty, flush the area with water to dilute the urine.
4. Water properly
Too much or too little can be hazardous to a lawn. A deep soak every so often is the best. Continuously watering a lawn will cause mold issues but water too little will lead to brown dead grass.
5. Tackle tough lawn weeds
Weeds are the enemy when it comes to the lawn. When given the right environment, weeds will overtake the lawn. A lawn needs to be protected by using weed control on your lawn. There are many types on the market that will kill the weeds which include dandelion, chickweed, knotweed, plantain, henbit, spurge and many others commonly found in home lawns.