Just about everyone is familiar with the term "curb appeal" as it relates to someone's first impression of a house. It only takes people a second to judge the home from the outside based on what they see when they first arrive. One of the simplest ways to assure that your home is blessed with god curb appeal is to take steps to see to it that the lawn is as beautiful and inviting as possible.
While that can sound easy enough, sometimes getting the back and front lawn to look beautiful, immaculate and attractive can be a daunting task, especially if there have been some problems with the health of your grass recently. Below is a collection of lawn care tips and suggestions that can help you cultivate a grass that draws people to your home, welcomes them, and gives your curb appeal a real boost.
Tip One: Learn about the condition of the lawn soil. It is easy to get the soil tested. Just contact the agriculture extension agency in your town. This simple test will be able to quickly identify the components of your soil and will report anything that is lacking so you can remedy the problem.
Tip Two: Have a regular lawn maintenance routine that includes fertilizing three to five times every year. Make sure this is done on a regular schedule and is the right kind of food for the grass in your garden lawn. The extension agency can also help you with information in this regard as it relates to your local area.
Tip Three: When undertaking lawn mowing during the heat of the summer, cut it at the maximum height your mower allows. This helps keep the grass from drying out as fast and even provides shade to the ground which helps prevent the loss of moisture.
This will help conserve water and it will also help the lawns to crowd the weeds out. During the cooler and wetter times of the year you can set the lawn mower to cut lower according to your preferences.
Tip Four: Water about one to one-and-a-half inches once a week. When you water briefly every day, you are encouraging your grass to develop a shallow root system. Watering only once a week helps develop nice deep roots which can better withstand hot, dry summer weather.
Tip Five: Aerate at least once or twice every year. This also helps promote lawns with deep root systems and helps the water and lawn food to get past the surface and down to the roots where it does the most good. Aerating also helps undo the effects of soil compacting, which is a particular problem if you use a riding lawn mower to help with your lawn maintenance.
Tip Six: Keep the blades of the mower good and sharp. Dull blades actually rip the ends of the grass blades and cause a ragged look and contribute to browning at the ends. Also, you should do your lawn mowing in different directions each time you mow. This helps avoid ruts and soil compaction problems.
Tip Seven: Watch for signs of dead areas. Such dead patches can be an indication of an insect problem or disease that is attacking your home and garden lawns. When you see this, you should not treat the problem until you know the cause. Your local extension agency will be a great help in this case also.
Tip Eight: Control weeds with the use of quality herbicides. You can do this separately or look for a fertilizer that also contains weed control components.
While this is not an exhaustive list of lawn care tips, it should be sufficient to help you immediately make some improvements to the overall look and health of the lawn area that is such an important part of your home and garden. As you diligently apply these lawn maintenance tips you will be able to enjoy your front yard more and at the same time know that the curb appeal has improved as well.
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