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The first time you get into a golf course, the first thing you notice is the beautiful lawns. Having the same is the dream of almost every homeowner.
Personally, as I strolled along the Kafka golf course pathway sand, I could not help but marvel at the perfectly manicured lawns. The grass seemed to be the same height and the green surrounding gave an immediate feeling of the natural world.
That is when I decided I wanted my lawn at home to look like that. It has taken a little over 18 months of hard work and patience but I was successful at getting my golf course lawn.
In this article, I am going to share a few tips and tricks I learned along the way on ways of getting the perfect lawn in your home.
Do not underestimate the power of topdressing your lawn. No matter how leveled your lawn may seem, mowing will uncover bumps and dips. This is the reason why you will need to top-dress the lawn.
Topdressing involves applying sand to the turf to smoothen and even out the lawn. There is a variety of topdressing you can use. Some topdressing levels the turf while still adding nutrients to it.
While topdressing, make sure the grass tips are left uncovered to allow them to receive enough sunlight.
Core aeration and verticutting
These are methods used for opening up the canopy as well as removing thatch. What core aeration does is punch in deep holes into the turf removing plugs of soil. This process allows air and moisture into the soil improving water and fertilizer absorption.
On the other hand, verticutting removes thatch that has built-up over time by thinning out the turf thus promoting new growth.
These two processes are best done once per season and fertilizer should be applied after the procedure to speed up recovery.
After the above processes make sure you mow the lawn with the right type of mower. Use a reel mower that similarly cuts grass as scissors do to paper.
To get those amazing stripes, install a roller that will lay the grass flat neatly while mowing.
Using a blend of synthetic and organic fertilizer will give you your much-desired lawn. Go for a slow-release fertilizer that is organic and contains some iron nutrients in them. It is the iron that will give the grass that beautiful deep green color we all love.
One of the reasons why golf course lawns look as good as they do is because of frequent mowing. This is in a bid to maintain the desired height.
The same applies to your lawn.
I used to mow my lawn 3 times a week and every other day during the summer. This is certainly not a small commitment.
Pre-emergent and Plant Growth Regulator (PGR)
Apply a pre-emergent to take care of the weeds.
A PGR, on the other hand, allows grass leaves to flourish while inhibiting stalk growth. This reduces the mowing frequency while getting a darker green color.
You could also apply fungicide and insecticide to keep the pests away.
Last but not least, do not forget to water the lawn.