Lawn Care Maintenance For Mere
By Dennis Conner
Though everyone likes to see their lawn in an enviable condition few are
aware of the basics of lawn preparation and maintenance. Planting the seeds,
spraying for the weeds, and watering your lawn, all look simple but proper
maintenance of a good lawn is no simple task. To some, lawn care is serious
business - reading every bit of the literature that they come across and going
for a serious lawn building exercise that may make this interesting past time a
rudimentary daily routine.
Lawn care and maintenance is more of an enjoyable past time rather than a
core activity. Consider these basics of healthy lawn care. While talking about
lawns the first thing to consider is mowing. The frequency of mowing, the growth
of the grass, and the lawn movers are all integral part in deciding a good
mowing habit. Quite often small opening up of the soil leaving more space for
the lawn to breathe would accelerate healthy growth of the grass. The lawn is to
be sufficiently watered especially during large dry spells of summer to sustain
the growth of the grass. Lawns need a good supplement of a proper mix of
fertilizers with adequate nitrogen phosphate and potash.
If we go a bit technical, lawns require more than one annual feed. The feed
for the summer need contain a nitrogen rich fertilizer where as an autumn feed
should be rich in phosphate and potash with an adequate supplement of worm
killers and disease resistance. For watering, the coolest time of the day,
either in the morning or in the evening is advisable, the frequency being once a
A good lawn care management program includes proper weed control besides
appropriate mowing and application of fertilizers. The basic mowing lesson
includes use of sharp blades and regular mowing from March to October. Care
should be taken not to move the mower backwards and forwards. In the case of new
lawns, the first thing to be considered is to prepare a smooth and level ground
by a tractor and box blade. As regards sowing the seeds they need spread in two
directions preferably with a rotary spreader. The seeds are to be planted around
thirty days in advance. Depending upon the temperature the seed suitable for hot
season or for the cold spell may be selected. A healthy lawn requires more or
less an inch of water during a week. Further aerating in spring is considered
best for the lawns. The recent trend in the lawn care is the use of the organic
fertilizers. These are environmental friendly and harmless to the plants.
Literature on organic fertilizers is plentiful on the market. The cost of the
organic fertilizers is almost the same that of the chemical fertilizers but the
benefit stays longer.
The type of lawn care depends on one’s budget. One can afford to spend
thousands of dollars should the lawn making is taken as a serious hobby. If, on
the other, hand one needs a well maintained lawn to spend a few hours with
family and friends the same may not cost much.
The author is a regular contributor to
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