Although maintaining a healthy and perfect lawn is not a walk in the park, you don't have to break the bank to get it done. Fantasizing about a well-groomed lawn that will keep dropping jaws?
Now is the time to get it done yourself. Mind you, grooming your lawn to your satisfaction will not necessarily take up a huge chunk of your time and you'll definitely save up some bucks that should have gone to laborers.
Tips to trim and maintain your lawn
Here are some DIY tips on how to trim your lawn and maintain your desired lawn shape:
To be able to groom your lawn yourself entails you getting dirty a bit. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty. While it will cost you a reasonable sum to hire a landscaper, you only get to spend on buying a mower and supplies when you do it yourself.
While shopping for mowers, buy a push reel mower, as it cuts grasses very neatly. Ignore the rotary mower; it leaves grasses in rips and makes lawns susceptible to insects and diseases. Because reel mowers trim grasses neatly, it helps the grasses look good and heal quickly.
Reel mowers are not powered by fuel, canceling out your chances of ever paying for gasoline while using it. In addition, reel mowers are way cheaper than other mowers and are more environment-friendly, as they do not pollute the air like the gas-powered mowers.
To keep a well-groomed lawn, you have to fertilize it in both the spring and fall. This is why you should a good grasps of gardening tips and techniques. Alimentation is necessary for a sound and groomed lawn. Although the soil makes available some nutrients to the lawn, that alone is not enough to keep the lawn healthy and fresh all year round.
It is necessary to aliment your lawn in the late spring and early fall, to boost growth, get rid of weeds and cure injuries. However, you do not have to apply fertilizers more than twice yearly, as constant fertilization will not only undermine your lawn but will incur unnecessary expenses too.
You can prepare your own fertilizer. Yes! You read right. Purchasing a bag of artificial fertilizer is actually way costlier than producing it yourself.
With some household items, you can put together your own fertilizer. There is a well known recipe that requires combining a bottle of beer, a can of soda, half a cup of dish soap, half a cup of mouthwash and half a cup of ammonia. You can also try out mixing decayed kitchen scraps and yard junks. So, save your money and strength for the trip to the store and prepare your own fertilizer.
You can produce your own herbicides. It is common knowledge that weeds are in a competition with the grasses in your lawn for nutrients. Just spray your lawn with a combination of white vinegar, table salt and some liquid dish detergent.
You can also ignore the pesticides in stores and produce your own. Not only are these pesticides costly, they are made from very harsh chemicals that can pose a threat to both humans and the surroundings. Get rid of creeping and crawling pests such as aphids, mites and white flies with a combination of soap and water. Keep cabbage worms and beetles away with a mixture of fresh garlic, water and cayenne pepper. To apply these pesticides to your lawn, make use of a spray bottle.
Just like fertilization, oxygenation of the lawn should be carried out in both the spring and fall. The importance of oxygenating the lawn is that the supply of air to the roots boosts penetration of water, and helps the absorption of food. To save costs on renting an aerating machine alone, you can oxygenate your lawn together with your neighbors, whenever you all decide is convenient for you.
If you want your lawn to remain healthy and well-groomed, do not over-water it. To maintain the luxuriant look of your lawn, water it well but not constantly. Watering your lawn everyday is capable of suffocating and killing the roots, and leaving the grass vulnerable to diseases. The ideal amount of water needed to keep your lawn healthy is about an inch of water weekly. Place a bucket beneath the sprinkler and disconnect the hose when the water reaches the one-inch mark, to monitor your use of water.
Do not over-mow your lawn. When you cut the grasses in your lawn very short, it becomes susceptible to heat, weeds and drought. Let the grasses be about two inches tall; that way, your lawn will retain moisture well and be resistant to weeds. Keep in mind that the designated height for grasses differ depending on the species. Therefore, ask questions and be sure about the species you have.
To sum up
Whenever you are done mowing your lawn, you are free to not pack up the clippings from the lawn, as these can act as fertilizers and natural mulch. In addition, leaving the clippings on the lawn helps to lock the soil moisture in and boosts the growth of green grasses. Adhere to these tips religiously and watch your lawn blossom and become the envy of the neighborhood.