Suggestions On Lawn Care
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The beauty of a lawn reflects the effort and pains that its owner has taken to care for it. Lawn care requires detailed planning, that is not as complicated as it sounds. To be a proud owner of a plush lawn, just follow some simple suggestions on lawn care and fertilization.

Lawn Fertilization

The right time for fertilizing warm-season grasses is the month of May and for the cool-season grasses months of March or April are more preferable. For both the variety of grasses, fertilizer should be a slow absorbed product. Follow the guidelines given on the bag for best results.

You will need a drop spreader to kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and clover. You can choose to use a granular weed killer or a granular weed-and-feed product as a lawn fertilizer. Water the grasses thoroughly as granules require moist grass to stick on them for at least 24 hours. Don’t water the grass for a day after applying the fertilizer.

Dethatching

Dethatching is an important part of lawn care. Thatch is a layer of lawn clippings, grass stems, roots, and other debris that settles into the ground. It develops in a lawn where grass has been allowed to grow tall, grass clippings have not been raked off, and in lawns that have not been aerated.

The safest (and the hardest) method to dethatch is to remove it by hand using a thatch rake or a garden rake. For a large garden you can use a rented power lawn dethatcher.

It is important to identify the right time to dethatch, if the thatch is just about one half an inches in height it is best to be left in the lawn. This is because it will protect the lawn in times of drought, high heat and water restrictions. Thatch thicker than this will act as a buffer between the soil and grass. It will prevent sufficient amounts of water from reaching the root base, and any nutrients will be unable to penetrate the thick thatch and therefore, requires dethatching.

Aeration

It is the process of punching holes 3 to 4 inches deep in the lawn to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach the root base . It is usually done once or twice a year.

Lawn care on a regular basis will reward you with a lush green and vital garden.