31 May Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Lawn Maintenance
DO Water Your Lawn Frequently
When you properly water your lawn, the roots should be able to absorb it deeply which prevents it from yellowing and getting dry. You can achieve soft and lush blades when you water your lawn at least once a week. In summertime, we recommend increasing this to two to three times per week. This gives the grass ample moisture when the heat kicks in. A great way to check whether your lawn turf is getting the water it needs is to dig out a small hole and check its dampness. Properly watered soil is cool, dark and moist.
DON’T Water at the Wrong Time
There’s nothing worse than watering your lawn in the hottest part of the day, which is usually around midday to early afternoon. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning or in the evening. Watering at these times prevents the water from evaporating and gives your lawn ample time to fully absorb the water. It also allows the lawn to keep cool when the day warms.
Contrary to popular belief, lawn maintenance is not a walk in the park. This is because there are a few steps to keep in mind for a lush lawn, but if you perform them incorrectly, you run the risk of damaging your turf. But, with the right precautions and care guide, maintaining your lawn can be simple. That’s why we’ve outlined some of the most common do’s and don’ts of lawn maintenance so that you can achieve a healthy, lush, and green lawn.
DO Leave your grass clippings behind when you mow
The grass clippings are a great source of nutrients for the lawn. As they decompose, they release nutrients into the soil, where the root systems can then absorb them better. Grass clippings also help minimise water loss and regulate temperature.
DON’T Cut Your Grass Very Short
When your grass is too short, it experiences stress and can weaken. You also increase the risk of exposure to too much sunlight which hinders its ability to soak up enough water and nutrients. To maintain a healthy lawn, we suggest mowing no more than a third of the grass height.
DO Choose the right kind of fertiliser for your lawn
Different grass types require unique levels of macronutrients so you’ll have to be careful in reading the label. A typical fertiliser label has three numbers that reflect the proportion of each macronutrient. The first number is the nitrogen content (N), the second is the phosphorus content (P) and the third is the potassium content (K). For instance, a 10-40-20 has more phosphorus content, while a 10-10-10 is balanced. We suggest contacting a lawn professional to help you with selecting the right fertiliser for your lawn.
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