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In the morning, you wake up, put on your flip-flops, and passing through every corner of the home, reach the pavement, the door that leads you to the garden. Right? But, wait, what if your lawn is looking bad or not well-maintained (means improper grass length, pale yellow pasture, weeds growth, or many others) at first sight? Argh! The view is not as fresh and welcoming as you wanted to.
That’s when you need to sit right in the middle of the garden to think where the problem is. No, don’t think it’s you. I am talking about the lawn. Lol.
Take a deep breath and check each part of the yard, which needs to be mended. Make a List, grid up your loins, and start working on that.
Importance Of Lawn Care:
It is imperative to take care of your lawn no matter what season it is. Because, sometimes, seasons don’t matter, but guests do. Lol. Just, for instance, imagine, your guests surprise you with their sudden arrival and feel really not good while having a look at your garden. By their reactions, you may feel a bit of embarrassment. Here, you would instantly feel to make up your lawn from scratch, AGAIN. However, you don’t need to start it from zero, because you can get this job done by just mending or taking a bit care of your lawn. Therefore, taking care of your green yard is as important as your morning coffee! Lol.
Below, we will discuss some handy tips and hacks that will help you to improve and renovate your out-dated garden.
Techniques and Tips For Lawn Care:
Check Your Area (Backyard/ Garden):
The first, very important tip to keep in mind is to LOOK at your green land. Don’t be astonished; looking at the garden doesn’t mean to keep just eye-sight over it only. It also means having a mind-sight over it.
Here arises a question about how you can do this?
The simple answer is: by gaining knowledge about the history of your town plus how was the land’s condition before. The basic knowledge includes:
- The soil condition
- The effects of any seed that was grown there, etc.
By keeping all this little information in your mind, you can work with more efficiency and speed.
Prepare Your Land – Temperature Of Soil:
Once you get enough knowledge about your area, you should move forward to renewing the land of your garden. For this, test your garden’s soil condition. For example, check if the soil has the right amount of nutrients, and the ph level is according to the requirement. Also, note that if the temperature goes well with the seeds that have to be sprouted there or not. And, the grass texture is fine or not. As John Griggs, a master gardener in West Virginia, says:
“It might seem like a hassle, but testing your soil will save you from pouring money into the ground.”
See, the soil testing is, indeed, the essential factor to consider in order to grow healthy, green grass and plants in the lawn.
Good To Know: Plants sprouting is dependent on the soil phosphorus level (pH), the pH measurement ranges from 1-14 on a scale, in which no. 7 is considered as a neutral number. If the number is less than 7, then the soil is acidic, and if greater than 7, then the soil is alkaline. Also, The temperature and ph level requirement varies from plants to plants.
The more you are accurate about the land, the more there will be chances for better plant growth and healthy and fresh grass texture.
Fertilization Before Seeding (for beginners and Renovators):
The next thing to do after getting fair knowledge about the soil phosphorus level is lawn fertilization. The nutrient-addition in the land soil is done before spreading seeds to grow your garden. To process fertilization properly, being a beginner, follow these steps:
- Remove rocks, or debris from the area (where seeds are to be sown).
- Spread the compost over the soil (layering 1-inch on the top of the ground). Usually, the compost is used as a fertilizer as it is full of nutrients.
- Use rake, shovel to smooth the soil surface.
- Voila! The soil is now fertilized and ready for seeding.
Being a renovator, do it
- Add additional nutrients to the soil through spreader, for example, if the soil pH is lower than 7, add some lime, and in case of higher than 7, add some Sulphur.
Tip: Don’t mix fertilizer and additional amendments in the spreader to save time. The amount of both of them varies.
Adding New Plants To Your Garden And Checking Feed:
Even the well-maintained gardens need feed. Keep checking the nutrients intake of the plants. According to Gary, a landscape designer, it’s a good practice to apply dolomitic lime every few years in addition to soil fertilization. So, the garden can live again.
Once the soil is fertilized, spread the seeds to the land with the right proportion. By doing so, the grass would sprout more speedily and healthily in the availability of all the required nutrients. Before seeding, make sure that the seeds are in good condition. Plus, the seeds’ condition helps plants to share nutrients as well as increase the soil fertility.
Take Good Care Of Lawn’s Water And Air Intake:
Like nutrients and seeds condition. Water intake does also matter. The newly sown seeds need a consistent and adequate level of water. For the first few days, water your plants and grass twice a day so that the roots would get stronger. Not only this, but healthy growth would also get started. Afterward, come back to the regular routine.
Make sure that you are not watering plants at noon (when it is hot plus sunny outside).
Tip: Well, water consumption by plants will help you get a green lawn as you desired. Still, don’t overwater the soil as it can leach away the nutrients and invite insects or pests to the garden.
Along with this, Air supply to the plants is as mandatory as water. While seeding plants, check if the air circulation in that area is according to the need of the plant. Plus, the roots also need air to help the plant sprout. Also, there are plenty of options available in the market to keep your lawn airy (in case of less airy locality, or if the weather is warm and suffocating).
Important!! Drenching can stop air from reaching the roots, which end up damaging the plant’s growth and the root itself. So, while watering the lawn, be aware of this.
Look Into the Sunlight-Need Of The Lawn
The life of plants placed in the garden is also dependent upon the light as well, and the lawn’s beauty is based on the plants’ growth. So, if your yard doesn’t have firm and steady plants’ growth, you have to re-locate them for a better outcome because every plant requires a different amount of light to grow. Moreover, keep changing the location of the plants because not every plant needs light every time. By doing so, you can achieve a well-formed lush and greenish lawn outside your home.
Use Amazing Gardening Tools and Enjoy Lawn-Time
The availability of all tools for gardening and lawn making is the edge-need of everything you planned. Make sure that your gardening bag is full of tools like shovel, rake, trowel, gardening knife, lawnmower, drill planter and wheelbarrow. These tools help you to perform garden-making chore in the easiest yet entertaining way.
Note: Before using any tool, please learn to use them, and follow the steps given on the toolbox. So, the gardening chores become fun rather than a burden.
Get Rid Of Weeds And Use Of Pesticides:
Weeds and pests are the most dangerous things that, when attack the lawn, take away all the beauty with them. Argh!
Here a rhyme came in mind (that we have altered a bit):
“Weeds, weeds! Go away, come here never again, little plants want to play… Weeds, weeds go away.”
You can find many pesticides that are used to control pests (mosquitoes, bugs, fungi, or others) attacks on the plant. Moreover, these organic compounds prove helpful in controlling weeds (unwanted plants) growth as well.
Do you know? Salt and Vinegar can be used together to control weeds.
Make Sure You Have A Beautiful Pathway In The Garden
Pathway in between the garden is the add-on feature that enhances not only the beauty of the lawn but also allows you to perform different tasks (either related to the garden or not) efficiently and quickly without disturbing the grass and plants that are sown in the soil. Also, you can easily DIY your garden path by having a path maker. Great? Huh!
Decorate Your Garden
The amazingly exciting trick is to decorate your garden. How? Here are some ideas for you:
- Get a fountain installed in the middle of the lawn. The mesmerizing view of the waterfall will let others keep standing there for some time.
- Make a sitting corner with a shade over the chairs. So, you can relax and enjoy a coffee in the lawn at any time of the day.
- You can also get some hanging plants or lights for the patio, to emphasize the beauty of the garden.
- Big plants can be placed in the corners of the green yard to make it look more versatile.
You can also design your garden according to your choice and desire.
Prove Your Love To The Garden
Above, we have elucidated some of the fantastic tips and hope that all these tricks will definitely help in making your garden, your next love. Plus, by following them and taking full care of the land, you can prove your love to the green part of your home, the beautiful garden. Enjoy!
Have a Flowery Garden!