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The average residential lawn in the United States is about 11,000 square feet but the number can vary depending on the state you live in. It is estimated that about 30 million acres of lawns are hosted by American homes. These lawns are used for several activities such as picnics, Frisbee games, and barbecue parties. Keep your lawn lush regardless of the endless footprints and the harsh sun. In this article, we will discuss some techniques and methods to keep a lush lawn.
Testing your soil through soil test gives you the accurate measurements of pH. It also provides the quantity as well as the nutrients available and present in the soil including phosphorus and nitrogen. You can rely a do-it-yourself home test but unlike the chemical lab test, home kit test are usually consistently good for pH measurement only. So if you are want data of what your lawn greenery needs to thrive, then you should probably acquire the service of a cooperative extension who will conduct the test.
There is no recipe that is suitable for many soil situation during springtime. Soil testing will provide ideas on what adjustments you should make. Taking the test results to a gardening center will help you get helpful tips.
It is best to go for a fertilizer that is organic and releases an ample but steady amount of nutrients as time goes by. Apply it to the external edges of the lawn. The cover the center, extending over each pass by little inches. Subsequently, you will need to do frequent mowing as you are putting in additional nutrients at a time of growth that is fast-paced.
One indicator that your soil lacks calcium is the presence of lawn weeds. The ideal ratio of calcium-to-magnesium should be 7 to 1. If your soil fail to meet that standard, the best way to do is to lay out high calcium hydrated lime or slacked lime over the lawn. It is one of the most effective mixture for pH adjustment and acid neutralization thus, essential to magnify your lawn’s nitrogen-absorbing ability and synthesize proteins, doing weed out of food.
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The grass that occurs early benefits from additional compost which can be either “homemade” or from a gardening center in your area. Ideally, apply about half an inch layer over the lawn scraping it into the surface. Make use of finished compost. It should have a rich, dark brown color, crumbles in your hand, and smells like earth. Some indications that the compost is not yet ready are visible food content and the pile is still warm.
Pulling Up Weeds
If you notice weeds popping up after a spring rain it is best to pull them while they are still small and the soil is moist. They should come out easily by hand.
A Well Kept Mower
You should maintain your lawn mower. A mower with blunted blades do not cut the grass clean but rather tear it off resulting to uneven surface which makes diseases to easily develop. It is advisable to sharpen the blade after using the mower for an 8-hour mowing activity.
Let it Grow
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Your lawn could look like a golf course with short grass. Do not keep it that way. Let your grass grow to about three to 3 and 3/12 inches long maintaining that length for the entire season. In this way, the grass haulm will screen seeds of weed and during the summer screens the soil hence, evaporation is reduced.
When the fall comes, you can already go back and shear it short because during this season, weed seeds are not as plentiful and you do not have to worry about evaporation.