Basic Lawn Care - Mowing, Scarifiers, Aeration, and Watering Tips

 


Article by: Mark Falco

The arrival of summer , Gardening Tools - An Overview heralds a time of increased wear and tear for the average garden , ing Tools - An Overview lawn. Children's yard , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life games, barbecue parties, outdoor , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality sports and generally more activity in the garden , Container ingTips means your lawn , Growing Orchids as House Plants is set to come in for something of a beating and without a little TLC is likely to start showing more than a little worse for wear. Stomp all over any living thing and it doesn't respond too kindly but with a little help, your lawn , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor can remain looking great all through summer , Early Spring Garden Guide: What To Do In The Yard And Garden Now and beyond!

Fertiziler

For a lusher, healthier, faster-growing lawn , Growing Orchids as House Plants you can't beat a bit of fertilizer. Test your soil , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life type and choose a fertilizer to compliment this for best results. Most lawns , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! will benefit from around three to four fertilizer applications through the year, with the first around a month before the start of the growinf season , Lose That Ugly Algae! to give your grass , Store Your Outdoor Furnishings to Make Them Last a kickstart and then up to three more with approximately a two month gap in between applications can give good results. You can either spread the fertilizer by hand if you have a smaller lawn , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond area to cover or use a specialist spreader tool , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? for more even coverage, using a drop spreader for small lawns , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor or a rotary/broadcase spreader for bigger areas.

After fertilizing it is generally a good idea to water-in the fertilizer or plan , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond on adding fertilizer before an expected rainfall unless otherwise stated in the usage instructions. The important thing with fertiliser is to follow the manufacturer , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace guidelines and not be tempted to over-do it. An excessive application of fertiliser is not a good thing and can lead to fungus, over-growth and weakness. Keep to the guidelines and you'll get that lush, thick green grass , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond you wanted.

Watering

If you live in a hot , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers climate or dry region, and particularly during the summer , Creating Low Maintenance Gardens months then regular watering of your lawn , Adding a Water Feature to Your Yard is important. The best time to water , The all important Clematis a lawn , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs is early in the morning or late in the afternoon to achieve the best results. Avoiding evening watering is advised as soaking grass , Discount Patio Furniture – An Easy Way to Get the Best over night can increase the risk of lawn diseases , Backyard Landscaping Ideas and mid-day watering when the sun , Cocoa Trees is hottest increases evaporation and water , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs wastage. Excessive watering is also something to avoid and ensure if you use a sprinkler you do actually get out there and move it around rather than allowing large puddles to form whilst other regions of the lawn , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace area remain dry. Too much surface lying water , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? can starve the roots , Adding a Water Feature to Your Yard of oxygen and lead to the same symptoms (leaf rolling) as lack of water. , Gardening Tools - An Overview

It is important to know when to water , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond rather than just watering because you think a lawn , Gardening Tools - An Overview needs watering. There are a few basic tests you can do to know if your lawn , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw needs irrigation. Look for leaf rolling and curling and the slightly blue/purple tinge which comes when grass , Brighten Your Path By Installing Decorative Landscape Lighting is being starved of moisture. , Extreme Botany And The Glory of the Carnation Also, try the foot print test. Stepping on a healthy , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower lawn should see it spring , Solar Residential Outdoor Lighting is Becoming the Product of Choice for Millions of Consumers back into position quickly but if your lawn , International Flower Delivery is slow to react then it's time to add more water. , Your Garden - Start With The Basics

Lawn Mowing

The key thing to remember here is that the object of mowing a lawn , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? is lawn , Early Spring Garden Guide: What To Do In The Yard And Garden Now "mowing" not lawn , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard "scalping"! To take good care of your lawn , Beauty With Indigenous Species you need to make sure you are mowing with sharp lawn , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality mower blades so you cut rather than rip at the grass , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw and ensure you do not set the blades at too low a level as you do not want to cut it back lower than is recommended for your particular species of grass. , Creating Low Maintenance Gardens Cutting too low on a regular basis is the easiest way to do lasting damage to your lawn. , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty!

If your lawn , Industrial Blowers has become too overgrown then do two or more passes with your mower , Roman Concrete - How They Did It rather than trying to take it right down to a desirable length straight away and never cut grass , Growing Orchids as House Plants when it is wet. Grass , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor clippings may be left or raked as you please if you do not have a lawn , Moss on s mower with a grass , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! collector. Left clippings do not automatically lead to thatch, this is only occurs when there is too much dead organic , Gardening With Climbing Roses matter to be broken down and a few clippings actually add nutrients back into the soil. , Gardening With Climbing Roses

Edges are something lawn , Decorate Your House With Specialty Trees mowers can not handle but a simple pair of long handled shears will make short work of tidying them up. Strimmers are a simple solution for cutting around obstacles such as trees , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up and immovable garden , Roman Concrete - How They Did It structures.

Aerating Your Lawn

Grass is a living thing and like all living things it flourishes better when it is able to breath easy and get easy access to food , Moss on Lawns and water. , Give your Seeds a Head Start - How to Start Your Seeds Indoor Aeration of your lawn , Decorate Your House With Specialty Trees is important as it allows water, , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower oxygen and fertilizer to penetrate more easily through to the roots , Lose That Ugly Algae! and improves drainage. If your garden , Growing Orchids as House Plants is being regularly used then the ground will begin to suffer from soil , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs compaction. When this happens, drainage is reduced and it becomes more difficult for roots , Moss on Lawns to dig down deeper into the soil. , Adding a Water Feature to Your Yard The natural , Gardening activities of earthworms and other subterranean insects and wildlife , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life help break up the soil , The all important Clematis but compacted earth , Early Spring Garden Guide: What To Do In The Yard And Garden Now can always do with a helping hand.

Basic lawn , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond aeration is very simple to achieve with the help of a simple garden , Decorate Your House With Specialty Trees fork. Just drive the fork into the earth , Extreme Botany And The Glory of the Carnation at regular intervals to do the job. For bigger garden , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers areas or for more effective aeration you can buy or hire specialised lawn , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers aeration tools , Adding a Water Feature to Your Yard which are basically spiked or bladed rollers either motorised or hand driven.

An aerator should be used in the autumn , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers months to loosen compact soil , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor after its summer , Your Garden - Start With The Basics beating.

Dethatching and Scarification

Scarifying or raking your lawn , Simple mower Maintenance to remove dead and decaying matter which may choke and hinder water , Roman Concrete - How They Did It and nutrients reaching the soil , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! is an essential part of a good spring , Solar Residential Outdoor Lighting is Becoming the Product of Choice for Millions of Consumers and autumn , Brighten Your Path By Installing Decorative Landscape Lighting lawn maintenance routine. Raking removes thatch, the accumulation of dead and decaying organic , Location, Location, Location: Where to Put Your Water Garden matter like leaves and old grass , Lose That Ugly Algae! clippings from around the base of the grass , Give your Seeds a Head Start - How to Start Your Seeds Indoor stems. This scarification improves drainage and enables increased amounts of water , Early Spring Garden Guide: What To Do In The Yard And Garden Now and air , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw to penetrate down to the roots , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower as well as reducing the chances of lawn disease , Shed Kits occuring. Before detatching a lawn , Decorate Your House With Specialty Trees you should ensure there is no moss growing , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower there as this process will only help spread the moss around. Kill the moss first with a specialised moss killer found at good garden , Ginseng Benefits centers and then scarify the lawn. , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up Scarifying a lawn , Beauty With Indigenous Species may be performed manually by raking whilst for larger lawns , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace it might be recommended to use a power lawn , How to Grow Ornamental Grasses scarifier machine which can be hired or bought for the purpose.

Removing Worm Casts

Worms are the gardener's best friend...unless your lawn , Conservation is your pride and joy. Worm casts are those unsightly piles of mud which appear on the surface of your lawn , Creating Low Maintenance Gardens and left to their own devices may encourage moss and weed , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up growth. Removal is simple during dry weather, , International Flower Delivery just wait until they are dry and brush or rake them away but during prolonged wet periods you may just have to put up with them. Use of acidic fertilizers may discourage worms from coming to the surface but for most gardeners just consider worms are your friend, they help aerate the soil , Gardening With Climbing Roses and drag organic , Container GardeningTips matter from the soil , Starting a Shade Garden... surface into their burrows thus making the soil , Water Pond Designs a richer growing environment. , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor
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