Although it may seem like a lot of work, having a green lawn is something that can be achieved over just a few weekends. Whether it be mowing, watering, or fertilizing, there are many things to keep in mind while pursuing that verdant lawn. This summer, don’t be left behind in a dry patch. Use these ideas to get a healthier lawn and yard overall.

Mow Smarter

Even though mowing may seem menial, proper mowing can help keep your lawn lush and green and it is important to keep your mower blades sharp. Mowing a couple of times each week and making sure not to cut the grass too short makes a big difference in a lawn’s overall appearance. Cutting the grass too short will cause it to brown and can leave it susceptible to weeds and pests. Don’t forget to leave grass clippings on the lawn every once and a while to help replenish the nitrogen levels.

Fertilize and Spot Check

Your lawn is a living thing, and just like pets or children, it needs looking after. Every autumn and spring, take time to do fertilization. You can find fertilizer mixes at most home improvement stores. This is also a good time to update your yard with barrier pest protection around the edges. Spot check areas that are brown, dry, or filled with weeds and address them before the seasons change.

Patch up the Bald Spots

When it comes to bald or brown spots, simply remove the dead grass and spread a mix of seed and compost. Laying new sod is another option, but it may not blend with the existing grass and can be expensive. Adding new landscaping or extending existing beds is also a great solution for areas that don’t receive a lot of sunlight.

Year-Round Maintenance

Treating your lawn with fertilizer a couple of weekends during the season will help give your grass the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium it needs. There are also a variety of organic fertilizers on the market. Lawns should be aerated religiously each autumn. This helps to prevent drought as well as improves the soil and grass quality. Dropping some seed after aerating will help add some thickness to your grass as well.

Hydration is Key

Providing the grass with an adequate amount of water will help take care of problem spots and will keep the roots healthy. Two deep soakings every week instead of short waterings every day will help strengthen the roots. Installation of an irrigation system with a rain sensor is a great way to make sure your lawn gets the water it needs when it needs it. Installations can often be completed in a less than a week.

After you get the lawn all greened up, it’s important to keep an eye on it and make adjustments as needed throughout the season. With a little bit of work and upkeep, it’s easy to maintain a green lawn for the whole season every year.

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