How to Improve And Care a Garden Lawn?
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Garden Lawn Care Tips
Lawn strives to grow in shade, in dry and in a sunny location. Caring the lawn is much easier by choosing what type of lawn is good for shady, dry and sunny places. The varieties of Bugle (ajuga reptans) is for shady places. These low ground-cover plants, creeping green perennials are easy to propagate.
Thymus serpyllum, chamaemelum and origanum Vulgare prefer dry and warm places. These types of lawns are forming thickly on the ground. Ophiopogon japonicus is a green perennial that can grow or live even for little water. Fescue is for cool-season grasses while Bahia and Bermuda are fine for the warm season.
Improving a poor lawn
If the soil is poor and is affecting the growth of the lawn, feed the lawn evenly during the spring season. Grasses that live in the warm season should be fertilized once in spring. Once the grasses start to grow, fertilize again in august and September.
To remove weeds using spot weeders, spray the weed killer directly to the weed and be sure to restrict the treated area from children and pets until the weed killer is dry. To hand weed the lawn, daisy grubbers are easy to uproot the whole plant including its roots without carrying too much soil.
Aerate the compacted lawn for about 4 inches in spring or fall using a garden fork or a powered aerator. Pile of dead grasses and plant debris on top of the lawn should be removed using the broom to keep the grass breath and healthy. Mosses that grow on the shaded area and wet soil should be extinguished first before raking.
Healthy lawns do not need regular watering in summer, they will turn brownish in summer but will turn back healthy and green in fall. Putting a garden path or stepping stone or slab is useful to protect the grass from working out and from stepping on it too often. Make sure to put play grade bark chips on children’s and pet’s playgrounds.
Improving a Neglected Lawn Needs Correct Mowing and Feeding
Reassess the neglected lawn during spring and fall. Cut the long grasses using a scythe tool or sickle. After cutting the grasses, take a closer look at the lawn. Create a new lawn where there is less than 50 per cent of the poor or dead grasses on the lawn. Repair the lawn for bumps and hollows for good looking lawn and easy mowing.
To repair these areas, cut across on the area of bumps and hollows, peel back each of the cut four corners. Using a hand trowel or hand fork, remove a surface of the soil in the bumped area, and add soil to ground level to a hollow area. Put back the cut four corners. Water the repaired areas if the weather is dry.
Caring the Lawn
To alter an existing lawn, clean the area with dead grasses and debris, remove unwanted sods and weeds. Rake the soil, break up clumps and hard soil and level the site. Firm the site using the feet. The fall season is the best time to lay sod however sod can be laid anytime especially if the soil is not frozen and not very dry.
Mark the area where the sods are going to be laid, unroll the first sod, press down the sod using the hands. Slightly overlapped the second, third until the last sod. Use a knife to trim and overlap edges.
Sow grass seeds from late august to early September. Before sowing the grass seeds, remove all mosses, weeds and debris. Form a square and adjacent squares using 3-foot sticks on the ground. Spread the grass seeds of recommended application rate over the square evenly. Using a garden rake, slightly mix the seed with the soil.
Firm the soil gently, cover the seeded place with large plastic and secure the plastic with heavy stones. Water the seeded soil using a sprinkler. Grasses start to grow within two weeks. Cut one-half inch when the grasses are already 5 inches tall.