Tips To Get And Keep A Healthy Lawn

The grass may seem to be greener on the other side of the fence, but this is may because your own lawn is not getting the right care it needs to grow healthy. You should focus on your own lawn and its health and not worry about your neighbor's yard. So, whether you are installing a brand new lawn from scratch or are taking care of a new or existing lawn, here are some tips to get and keep a great looking, healthy lawn in your own yard.

Prepare Your Yard for New Lawn

When your yard is bare of a lawn it will make your outdoor space hotter in the summer and be less enjoyable. But you can have a new lawn installed by a professional landscaper, either with lawn seeds or through a sod installation. Sod provides your yard with a nearly-instant lawn that you can begin to enjoy more quickly, but if your budget is a factor, look at planting a new lawn with seeds.

Your landscaper may test your soil for its pH before installing your new lawn to ensure the lawn's best success. If your soil is too acidic, they will take some steps to raise its pH by adding lime or wood ash. However, if your soil is too alkaline your landscaper can lower its pH by adding compost, mulch, sulfur, or aluminum sulfate.

If any additives were sprinkled over your soil, it is a good idea to combine them within your soil's mixture with a rototiller. Your landscaper can help you with this step and can also smooth and rake the soil to make it level, then remove weeds and other debris that will get in the way of your new lawn.

Boost Your New Lawn's Chances For Success

If you don't have a sprinkler system, it is a good idea to add one to boost your lawn's chances to take root. If you have a sprinkler system installed before your lawn, it will ensure regular watering to keep the lawn seeds moist to help them germinate. And if you have installed a lawn with sod, the sod needs to be kept moist continually for the first several days to a week to help the roots grow down into the existing soil.

After you have your lawn established through seeds or sod, there may come a time when your lawn might die off in areas. This might be due to snow mold or freeze damage, lawn grubs, or accidentally over-fertilizing your lawn. Don't worry because you can over-seed the bare spots of your lawn with loose grass seed. Be sure to rake up the bare spot first to loosen the soil, then apply the seed and keep it watered regularly until it germinates.

For more information, contact a grass landscaping service.