Lawn mowing is often treated as one of the simplest tasks in a home. Often, it is indeed a simple task but only if it is done just for the sake of doing it as long as you end up with a beautiful green carpet after the exercise. However, lawn professionals have a different perspective and idea to lawn mowing. According to these professionals, the health of your lawn is highly dependent on whether the lawn is done right or wrong. Here are tips on how to keep your lawns healthy and beautiful.
1. Keep Lawns at moderate height
Lawns and plants use the process of photosynthesis to feed. This is a process through which the plants absorbs direct sunlight and uses the energy to make food from the soil nutrients for the plant. Similarly, the longer the leaf, the more the foods, and nutrients the lawn can produce for it to stay healthy and strong. Therefore, mowing a lawn at a very low height limits its inability to produce the much-needed food for its health. This leads to possible sickness or even death of the lawn if not well taken care of. Knowing this, it is, therefore, important to keep leaves off lawns in shaded areas much longer as compared to lawns, which are fully exposed to the sun.
2. The frequency of mowing your lawn
Lawn mowing is often forgotten or shelved for a little too long. It is important to mow your law frequently and if possible on equal intervals. Delayed mowing results to the thatch layer are increasing, and thus the crowns of the turf are raised higher. Then when mowing, these crowns are removed which can cause lawn scalping or eventual death of the lawn.
Similarly, mowing too frequently can also result in the death of a lawn. This happens when too many leaves are frequently removed from the lawn. The purpose of the lawn is to beautify and leave an even green appearance on the surface. With advanced technology, Mulch mowing has become very popular in the maintenance of a green and healthy lawn. This lawn mower, instead of collecting the grass clippings mowed, it puts them right back after passing them through a blade and finely chopping them to very small bits. This way, the lawn is protected by this already mowed grass from excessive loss of moisture and in the provision of nutrients. However, it is a necessity to note that this method is much more efficient if frequently done.
3. Artificial lawn
This option has become increasingly popular over the last few years. In the pacific west coast, crows praying on bugs and worms right below the lawn bed has become a headache for many homeowners. A newly done lawn can be torn into holes and patches of dirt by the crows trying to feed on the lawn.
Many might deem this as an unfavourable or tragic lawn disaster. Yet really, the crows, racoons and skunks are just doing their job by eating up the grub larvae in the dirt. In a way, they are doing a good thing for your overall soil health.
Let nature takes its course and have the animals go at the lawn for a year. One can put back the patches or redo the whole lawn the next year. Alternatively, introducing nematodes have proven to be an effective way to combat the grubs. Limiting the number of grubs translates to less food for natural predators. Better lawn health, the less of a chance for attack. As mentioned earlier, do not mow too often or too low so the grass get the opportunity ot become stronger.
When all fails, having an artificial green turf will save you hours of labour work and granting one a peace of mind. They look nice all year round!
Many factors should be considered where keeping your lawn healthy and green is concerned. The basic tool for achieving a perfect lawn is a humble lawn mower. This alone, if used correctly and at reasonable frequencies will give you the best of healthy lawns on its own.