What are you going to do? Watch the grass grow???
Who has not heard that one?
But the real question is: What if you want to watch the grass grow? Or At the very least to be able to MAKE your grass grow? What if you want to grow that beautiful lawn that the whole neighborhood is talking about? How do you do it?
Well, if that is what you are wondering, you're reading the right thing.
Below, I will discuss briefly various details you need to know in order to get that dream lawn. The idea here is to give you tips on what to do and what obstacles you may need to overcome when creating your lawn.
The first thing you need to do is prepare your “lawn" to actually be a lawn. If you have crab-grass, you're going to have to kill it. The best way is with a pre-emergent herbicide. After you accurately determine that you have crab-grass, killing it is vital to having that dream lawn. The ideal way to not have crab-grass is to have a nice healthy lawn. The healthy grass will actually crowd out the crab-grass killing this unwanted weed. The next thing you need to do is plant the seeds. Planting seeds in topsoil is cheaper than laying sod, but may not have as nice results as sod if you do not plant it properly. Be sure that know the steps of the seeds you are using and follow the directions carefully. If you decide that your lawn is just too messed up to be able to fix it with seeds and topsoil, you will need to have sod laid. Although this gives you a new beautiful lawn instantly, if you do not care for it properly, it is as good as dead. If you know how to care for it, this is the best way to instantly have a beautiful lawn.
In caring for your lawn, it is important to know what your schedule will be in caring for your lawn. This schedule should go from spring to fall, or all year if you are lucky enough to be in such a climate. Mowing, watering, and fertilizing should all be included in your schedule. If you have dogs or other animals, this can be detrimental to your lawn's over-all health. You should make sure you know what your plan of action will be regarding your pet or pets. If you will allow them to run free in your lawn, you will obviously need to do more to ensure your lawn is healthy than if you do not allow them to run free in your lawn.
The next thing to keep an eye out for is lawn diseases. These diseases vary by climate, so make sure you know what to look for depending upon where you live. The most beautiful, most healthy lawn could become an eyesore instantly if it has a disease go untreated. Another important thing to look out for is weeds. Weeds are more than just an eye-sore. They actually are detrimental to the health of your lawn since they selfishly use up nutrients that would go to your grass. They also can crowd out your grass by not giving your grass ample room to thrive, thereby killing your lawn.
Something that will beautify your lawn and give it a neat and professional look is lawn edging. Edging your lawn can be tedious, time-consuming, and difficult. If you do not know how to do it properly, do not attempt it! You will probably end up with an uneven edge that will not look like anything you had in mind before you decided to go ahead with it. If you do not know how to do it properly, hire a professional and just watch him or her. It is okay to act like a little kid and ask what he or she is doing and why he or she is doing it.
If your lawn ever does become extremely unsightly and unhealthy, the only thing you can do it to make it beautiful again might just be to renovate it. You can renovate it by laying sod or by topdressing it. Topdressing it is when you add topsoil, grass seeds, and nutrients to your lawn to give it that beautiful look again.
Dandelion weeds are very common and very unsightly. They should ideally be removed in the fall. Regardless, they must be removed whenever you see them. They are weeds like any other and are an eye-sore in addition to being detrimental to your lawn.
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