The lawn is the star of the show in your back garden. It's the centrepiece - the thing everyone notices the moment they look outside. A healthy lawn will be full of lush green grass that sparkles with the morning dew. It lights up your garden, drawing all the attention away from the less well-kept areas. Healthy lawns are less common than unhealthy lawns, mainly because most of us are guilty of slacking on the old lawn maintenance. Lucky for us, lawns can be improved! An unhealthy lawn can be turned around, but it's probably better to stop your lawn from going bad in the first place. Speaking of which, follow these steps to keep your lawn at the peak of its health:
3 Simple Steps For A Healthier Lawn
Cut your grass properly
Did you know that cutting your grass as short as possible isn't the correct way to do it? When your grass becomes too short, it ends up creating a scalped effect. This is where the soil beneath it starts to show through, almost like a bald patch on your lawn. The right way to cut your lawn is to leave a decent length of grass when you're done. This can vary, but there are guides out there that teach you the best cutting height. This task alone might be enough to spare your lawn from patches and brown areas, but you should still follow the next steps just in case.
Use compost to feed your lawn
Natural compost is the best way to feed your lawn and improve soil health. The great thing is, you can create it yourself at home. The video above shows you how to do that, so please don't hesitate to give it a watch when you've finished reading this post! Once you've made your compost, you need a compost spreader to evenly distribute it across the lawn. There's no way of describing how important compost is for lawn health. It helps with all sorts of things, but most people just assume it acts as a fertiliser. While it does do that, it can also improve drainage, prevent topsoil erosion, and balance the pH levels in the soil.
Water your lawn correctly
If you don't know how to properly cut your lawn, the chances are you don't know how to water it. Sprinkling your lawn with some water isn't going to do much at all. The expert opinion is that you need to water your lawn deeply with an inch or so of the stuff. This lets it soak into the soil and your lawn sees the benefits of the water. This is where a good drainage systemis important, ensuring that your lawn doesn't become waterlogged. In the rainy seasons, you won't need to water your lawn as the weather will do it for you. When it's dry, watering your lawn once a week should do the trick.
If you want your lawn to look green and healthy, these three steps are all you need. They'll lay the foundations of a lawn that makes your neighbours jealous!