Everyone wants beautiful landscaping around their home and we here at DoodyCalls understand the importance of a well-manicured lawn. In an effort to give you more insight in the best ways to prepare your yard, here are five helpful tips to consider the next time you grab that wheelbarrow and watering can.
A gorgeous yard does not need to be a challenge as long as you know the best methods for getting the job done effectively.
We all know that grass doesn’t grow without water. In fact, it’s the best way to ensure that your yard is green and gorgeous throughout the year. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.
First you need to be aware of the level of humidity in your area and keep an eye on the temperature around the home. These will help you determine how much water your grass should be getting and how often. You don’t want to be over-watering your lawn but you should also listen to your grass when it’s trying to tell you what it wants.
Watch closely for these signs as they will be essential in assisting you to keep your grass looking and feeling its best. So check for visual cues like the blades taking on a bluish tint and older leaves looking as if they have begun to wilt.
New lawns will typically need to be watered at least once a day, maybe more, so the seeds may germinate thoroughly and establish deep roots into the earth.
One of the lesser known methods for preserving the health and well-being of your lawn is to simply let it grow. That’s because when you allow for the blades of grass to grow out further than usual, you’re giving the grass the capability for locking in moisture which is essential for grass to thrive.
Keeping the grass a little taller also helps to weed out those weeds that might crop up in between the blades. The shade that the leaves provide helps to cut out any light so the weeds can’t mature. This does not mean, however, that you won’t be cutting your lawn any less frequently than usual. It just means that you need to adjust the cutting blades on your mower to take a little less of the top.
But all grass is different and how tall or short you want to keep yours is really dependent upon the species of lawn you are growing outdoors. It’s possible that you’re not sure what that is, so it’s best to find out and you can then trim to the desired height that best suits the grass in your lawn.
Though many types of grass will usually thrive best at a height of around 2 to 3 inches, cooler climate grasses are best at a longer length than those in warmer climates.
Put Your Clippings to Work
When you mow your lawn how much time you spend raking up the clippings after you’re done? A necessary evil, for sure, just so your yard can look perfectly manicured. But what if I told you that extra hassle was not only unnecessary but leaving the clippings behind was actually beneficial to the health of your grass?
Well, it’s true. Grass clippings hold healthy nutrients that will help your lawn grow and thrive, cutting down on your need to use traditional fertilizers by half as well as avoiding more bags of yard clippings from ending up in landfills.
So why do we pick up our clippings in the first place if this is such a healthy thing for the grass? It’s because we are under the impression that doing so will help to eliminate the potential for thatch, possibly ruining the lawn. However, if you allow the grass to grow a bit longer as we discussed above, you won’t have to worry about the lawn getting flattened over.
A great way to maintain your yard is to decide on putting in plants, shrubs, and other landscaping that will survive best when you don’t try to fight with Mother Nature. That means choosing greenery and plants that are native to the climate in which you live.
When you make gardening decisions based on the conditions you have to work with and not making arrangements to adjust the living conditions for your landscaping, you will be far more successful in creating the perfect yard.
One of the quickest ways to destroy your yard is to let the insects get at it. Of course, bugs and other life are a constant influence and some of them are quite beneficial to a thriving landscape.
But there are some that can cause serious damage to your plants by spreading infections and bacteria from one to the next. So be careful about which insects are getting to your flowers and plants and try to keep the dangerous ones from becoming too destructive.