With the sun out, birdsong, and spring officially upon us, it’s time to start tending your garden after a long winter break. That means planting new flowers, filling the birdbath and feeder, and of course fixing the lawn.
While a green lawn with a perfect image may seem like an elusive dream, it is not as unattainable as it seems. Follow the simple tips and tricks below to have your best lawn yet, and let your neighbors turn green with envy!
1. Prevent the mower from attracting clumps
Sick of annoying clumps getting stuck on your lawnmower blades when tending to your garden? You’re not alone! To prevent this from happening, we have a simple solution: coat the blades with cooking spray before use! It’s as simple as that. This will lead to a smooth, uncomplicated cut and therefore a healthier and more beautiful lawn. When using this tip, keep in mind that if you must flip the mower over to reach the blades, your mower runs on gas, so before spraying the blades, make sure your tank is empty.
2. Keep mower blades sharp
Dull cutting blades handle a poor cut and therefore a poor overall appearance of your lawn. Dull blades can even be harmful to the health of your lawn, as they can shred it with an uneven cut, leaving it susceptible to disease. This also means that your lawn will need higher levels of nutrients to repair damage damaged by an uneven mowing. Sharp and balanced blades, on the other hand, play an important role in mowing your lawn evenly and cleanly, increasing the beauty of your appearance.
3. Use grass clippings to your advantage
This is advice not found in those who work at your local garden center, but grass clippings that have a packed status can actually help your lawn thrive. If your mower is one that drops clippings onto your lawn, it can cut the amount of fertilizer you need to use by a third, or even half, which means more money in your pocket! Mulch mowers help your lawn get the nutrients it needs and can save us from having to buy and distribute pounds of chemical fertilizer at the beginning of each season.
4. Water more and less often
When watering your lawn, you need to have water that needs enough water to stimulate root growth, which requires the humidity to go down quite deep. The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to let your assistant run for longer periods, which means you don’t need to watch every day. The longer the water runs, the deeper the water will penetrate through the soil, the healthier and greener you will have.
5. Make your lawn a cocktail
Believe it or not, your lawn could benefit from a mixed drink! This is made from simple household items like a light beer, a can of non-diet soda, a cup of ammonia, a cup of liquid dish soap, a cup of molasses or corn syrup, and a half cup of mouthwash. After mixing them all together, use a hose end sprayer to apply it on your lawn once every three weeks to help you on your lawn. Beer, soft drinks, and molasses all benefit from microbes, while ammonia serves as a source of nitrates, which is the main ingredient found in major fertilizers. The soap helps spread the solution more evenly and helps bind the blades of grass together. As an added bonus, Mouthwash can play a role in deterring common garden pests. Overall, this solution will make your lawn more lush and will also help require less watering.
6. Add earthworms to your garden
This trick can make you squirm, but earthworms are really a boon for your lawn! They chewed the soil and began their way through your lawn. In the process of doing so, they leave behind nutrients that help the grass and plants while creating pockets of air. Start by presenting the tough areas of your lawn that you just can’t keep green and they will soon make a difference. This is a simple and inexpensive way to improve the aesthetics of your lawn.
7. Cut your weed a little less
If you have a regulated mowing schedule and are used to doing it frequently, you may want to reduce the number of mowing. Keeping blades of grass long can make your garden greener and help ward off weeds by getting the sun you need to thrive on your lawn, preventing sores! Long grass also helps retain moisture in the soil. Plus, who’s not looking for an excuse to cut the grass less?
As you can see, you don’t need to move mountains to have a lush, lovely lawn. These steps are simple, inexpensive, and not very time consuming to get started.