Maintaining a lawn does take enormous efforts but the result is worth it. Taking care of your backyard doesn’t only mean watering it, but making sure that insects don’t ruin your plants and it doesn’t start breeding diseases. Your yard is an ecosystem in itself and it is your responsibility to take care of it so that it thrives.
But taking care of your personal ecosystem doesn’t mean you can damage the larger ecosystem. You can take good care of your lawn and keep it green without harming the environment. Follow these tips and your lawn will remain evergreen.
Maintain the soil
The soil is the most important part of your yard. If your soil is not good, your plants will not thrive. It is the foundation of a garden and you have to take care of soil first then move on to plants. Regularly providing your soil with organic matter is great for improving the quality of the soil. Feed it with compost vegetable and animal waste.
Apart from that, you can buy good quality topsoil for your lawn as well. It will cost a little but will be a long-term investment.
Don’t cut the grass too low
Cutting the grass too low is harmful to your lawn. The grass will not be able to get enough sunlight if it’s short and will get worse in no time. To keep your lawn’s bed healthy, you have to maintain a grass length of at least three inches. It will ensure that your grassroots are healthier and denser.
Water the grass correctly
Watering your grass is a serious job that you should not take lightly. You cannot water your plants and grass anytime you like. The best time to water your grass is in the morning when the sun is not at its peak. The soil will get enough time to absorb the water before it evaporates.
Also, you have to ensure that you don’t overwater your plants and grass. If you are using sprinklers to water your plants, set a timer so that it shuts off itself after a certain time.
Don’t throw away grass clippings
Most people throw away grass clippings after they mow their lawn which is equivalent to throwing away good manure. Instead of throwing away the grass clippings, let them sit on your grass bed and it will act as great manure. It still has nutrients in it which will improve the health of the grass.
Leave a layer of thatch
Leaving half an inch of thatch of on top of your grass bed can prove to be immensely beneficial for your lawn. The things that you throw away thinking it is trash is actually great manure for your lawn. The dried leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and other natural debris act together to form highly beneficial natural manure for your lawn.
Get plants based on the climate
It is easier to maintain plants that are native to the climate of the place you live in. They will be able to bear most climate conditions and will be low maintenance in comparison to plants that are foreign to the climate. When you are buying the plants, keep this factor in mind.
Plant fruits and vegetables
If you are going to work so hard on your lawn, you might as well plant plants that will let you enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can plant fruits and vegetables in your garden that will look nice and you will get to enjoy organic fruits and vegetables harvested by you.
Maintain the mower blades
Your lawn should appear fresh and bright green when you mow it and if it appears yellow or white, your mower blades are getting blunt. Blunt mower damages the quality of grass. Sharpen your mower blades regularly to ensure that your lawn remains healthy.
When you get new plants, don’t start planting them in a haphazard manner. You need to consider the requirements of the plants and plant them in such a manner that increases their survival chances. If some plants require more sunlight, plant them in the open sunlit area, and if some plants require lower temperature to grow, plant them in a shady area.