Spring is just around the corner. That means more attention for every homeowner’s lawn. Lawn care is an important part of homeownership. Lawn care, of course, entails stewardship of the soil, watering regimen, even composting routines. Read further for the recommendations you can try as spring approaches.
Wear Appropriate Apparel. When taking care of your lawn, you’ll be outdoors — so dress appropriately, even slather on some sunblock and wear a hat. Next, wear gloves to minimize exposure to the toxic aspects of fertilizer, whether natural or synthetic. Rinse thoroughly if fertilizer gets on your skin. While you might wonder why one needs to be careful even with organic or natural fertilizer, just remember that even exposure to manure or rotting materials in fertilizer is packed with bacteria that could still harm the human immune system. Also sport safety goggles and a pair of long boots. If the lawnmower is loud, wear protective ear pieces.
Get Your Soil Tested. Why test the soil? If you want your lawn cared for properly, testing lets you see what you’ve currently got and how to fix it. Professional analysis can even provide you with a solution or additional help. Experts can advise on the type of nutrients that your soil needs and likewise provide options for what to invest in.
Choose organic, natural fertilizer and supplements. This is best for the animals and humans that frequent your lawn. Besides, synthetic fertilizer will be harmful if they accumulate to toxic levels, whether in the water table or anywhere around your home. So, if given a choice, always opt for organic, natural fertilizers and supplements for the soil.
Plant Grass in Spring. It is perfect timing that spring is nigh. Why? Because spring is the ideal season to plant new grass in your lawn. Weather conditions will be right. The temperatures will be favorable for planting and milder for grass to take hold. Did you know that the ideal temperature for grass seeds to germinate is 65 degrees Fahrenheit? That happens in the springtime, of course. Sure you can have a similar range of temperatures in the autumn as well, but spring is far better for planting grass in your lawn because of the angle of the sunlight. The springtime’s sun is climbing in the sky and staying longer aloft, rather than diminishing as it does in autumn. Thus, springtime is a far, far better season to allow for lawn greenery growth. Besides, if you are transplanting grass, rather than starting directly from seed, then springtime, again, is also best.
Develop a Good Watering Routine. Water in right measure — don’t underwater, don’t overwater. If you see puddles forming, then you’re overwatering. Oversaturating the roots with moisture can be damaging to growing grass and even to newly transplanted grass. Besides, overwatering tends to wash away fertilizer and soil nutrients — which would end up collecting as pollutant pools that could harm wildlife and ecosystems. Hence, always practice moderation, even with your watering routine.
Trim Your Lawn within Reason. Don’t give it too close of a “shave” — but at the same time, don’t neglect your lawn either. Lawns provide curbside appeal to any home. Lawns can give a homeowner a sense of pride, so have good housekeeping routines for your lawn, too. Just don’t overdo it.