If you neglect your lawn for even a few weekends in the spring, it's amazing how quickly it can get out of control.
Weeds, dandelions, overgrown grass and plants are some of the common culprits of lawn chaos.
Don't worry though - you can quickly restore order to your lawn.
Just follow these simple steps and you'll have a lush, green yard in no time.
A well-manicured lawn is one of the easiest ways to improve the curb appeal of your home. If you've neglected your yard, unwanted grass is sure to have sprung up around trees, flower beds and the perimeter of your home.
Trimming this unruly grass is the easiest step toward a beautiful lawn. If you don't have much, you can use hand clippers or garden shears. If the overgrowth is widespread, you should use a string trimmer.
Also, when it comes to mowing, don't cut your grass too short. Short blades don't produce nutrients like longer ones. Also, short grass allows more sun to reach the soil, promoting crabgrass growth.
The problem with weeds is they spread very easily. For example, one dandelion plant has 15,000 seeds. That's a lot of opportunities for more weeds.
Cutting weeds down with a string trimmer or mower doesn't get rid of them. In fact, this is actually a good way to spread more weed seeds.
Removing weeds by hand is the best technique. Use a spade and remove all the roots. Otherwise the weed will just grow back. Also, if you can remove them when they're young, your efforts will be more fruitful.
Fertilizing your lawn is like taking a multi-vitamin; it provides extra nutrients your lawn might not otherwise get. We recommend a fertilizer with weed control. You can fertilize up to four times a year. There are specially formulated fertilizers for each season: early-spring, late-spring, summer and fall.
- If you're using pellet fertilizer, it's important you don't apply it too thickly. If you do, it can smother the grass and leave dead patches on your lawn.
- If you opt for a liquid fertilizer, make sure you apply it to your grass in the morning. This way, the fertilizer is absorbed into the soil with the dew. If you apply it to dry grass, it won't penetrate as well.
A thick, lush lawn does a lot to snuff out weeds. It crowds out weeds and prevents weed seeds from sprouting. Watering your grass will keep it green and dense.
A common misstep of watering is doing it too frequently for too short an amount of time. For a general rule of thumb, grass needs about an inch of water per week. For weeks it doesn't rain, water your lawn one time, giving it all the weekly hydration it requires at once.
Water early in the day or during the evening. You don't want to water your lawn during the hottest part of the day. If you do, the water beads sit on the grass and dry it out when the hot sun hits it.