Understand the 3 basic things your lawn needs
If you have to take care of your lawn all by yourself, you are bound to have a lot of questions — especially if it’s your first time. There are so many things to consider even if you already know the basics, like the fact that you need to mow, aerate, and water your lawn.
One of the top questions we get asked is this: How often should you be doing these 3 tasks?
What we’ll be talking to you about today is what exactly are the benefits of these 3 tasks for the beauty and health of your lawn. This will help you understand why you shouldn’t overdo or forget to do them.
Mowing our lawn is important for a multitude of reasons. The first being it provides our lawn with a clean look. It also keeps the root system at top health by improving its density. This means that the nutrients from the fertilizer and the water used on it is absorbed properly — but this only works if you mow at the correct height and on schedule.
Mowing your lawn is typically considered to be something you do once a week. However, this depends largely on the type of grass you have. There are some lawns that need cutting more often and less often, so you might need a professional at Scaped to help you determine this.
The general rule is that you shouldn’t cut more than one third of the grass blade. Make sure to check the mowing height of your lawn mower before starting, to prevent cutting too close to the soil because — aside from the aforementioned issues with proper nutrient distribution — it could also result in bald spots in your lawn!
2. Aerating Aerating is the process of piercing your soil with small holes to aid in the absorption of nutrients, water, and air. Aerating helps make your soil more dense which, in turn, helps your roots grow deeper and healthier.
This is recommended to be done once every year or every 3 years. The reason for this is because some types of thick grass require more frequent aerating while some require less. Over aerating can damage your soil.
3. Watering Just like with any other type of plant, the grass on our lawn needs watering. This helps provide moisture and keeps our lawn looking lush! It’s recommended that we water deeply two to 3 times per week. There are water sprinklers to help us with this, and some even have timers.
If you do not have this kind of sprinkler, just set a reminder on your phone to turn on those sprinklers. A general rule is you need to be able to push a 6” screwdriver down into the soil to determine if it’s healthy enough.
These may all seem like too much to take in but they really aren't. Most households tend to divide these 3 tasks between those living there.
Once you get into the habit of doing it and always reminding yourself of its importance, it’ll be like breathing to you. You will get the rhythm and the hang of it, like clockwork.
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