Tips for Maintaining Your Lawn

Your yard is the first impression people get when they drive by or come to your house. While you might dream of having a professional landscaper make it look amazing, this may not be in your budget. Fortunately, you don’t have to hire a pro to make your yard look its best. Here are a few maintenance tips you can do yourself.

Aerate

There’s a good chance your lawn sees a lot of foot traffic. Over time, the ground under the grass becomes compacted. Using an aerator, you can loosen the soil, improving air circulation, drainage, and nutrient absorption.

Water

Water is critical for the health of your lawn. The method you use matters, too. For the best results, you want to water less often but more deeply. Turn on your lawn irrigation systems to water one inch once a week. An electronic soil tester can also be helpful.

Fertilize

Instead of synthetic lawn fertilizers, use natural options. They’re better for your lawn and the environment overall. One of the easiest ways to ensure your grass gets the nutrients it needs is by leaving your lawn clippings. Also called “grass-cycling,” this solution allows the nutrients in the clippings to return to the soil and feed your yard.

Mow

You already know that keeping your grass trimmed is important (especially if you live in an area with a homeowner’s association). Did you know that the height of your grass matters, though? Different species of grass have different requirements, but understanding the needs of your lawn can help to ensure optimal health and a gorgeous appearance. You should also make sure that the blades of your lawnmower are good and sharp.

Taking care of your lawn doesn’t always require a professional. With these tips, you can keep your lawn looking its best all on your own.…