The weather outside is starting to get a little bit warmer and as summer begins to approach, you’re probably going to start thinking about your lawn and how it looks a whole lot more. Did you know that US citizens spent as much as $29.5 billion dollars on lawn care last year? Now, that’s some pretty big numbers. If you’re on a budget and you want to make your lawn look as good as possible, you should scroll down and check out some of the tips that I have in store for you.
Reseed your lawn.
This may sound crazy, but if your grass was planted more than 30 – 40 years ago, you have older grass that is going to be more susceptible to disease and it actually requires more maintenance than newer grass. So, how do you fix this problem? Well, you can wipe the sweat off of your forehead, because you won’t have to rip up the old grass and replant new grass. Instead, you can just get some grass seed and overseed your lawn; doing this will introduce a newer species of grass that will be much healthier.
Reseeding will give you healthier grass and it will also give you greener grass. If you’re going to reseed, the best time to do it is in the fall.
Water Your Grass at the Right Time
Do you have a sprinkler system installed at your house that automatically waters the grass? If so, you have to be careful when you decide to activate the sprinklers. Most people will active the sprinklers during the day, because it’s hot out and the grass gets dry. Other people will water their lawn at night, but that can cause fungus or even diseases. The optimal time to water your grass is actually between the hours of 4AM and 8AM in the morning.
Fertilize Your Grass Every Six Weeks
It’s important that your grass is fertilized every six weeks at the latest. If you have a sprinkler system, you need to apply a little bit more fertilizer, so keep that in mind. Also, I suggest that you use a slow-release fertilizer. That way, your grass is fed slowly over time, which is much more effective.
Adjust the Height on Your Lawn Mower
A lot of people love to cut their grass as short as possible, because golf courses have that beautiful, well-trimmed look to them. However, you shouldn’t try to attain the same look in your own yard. You should set your lawn mower high enough to where it’s only going to cut 1/3rd off the top of each blade of grass. Doing this will significantly decrease the amount of times you have to water your grass every week, which can lead to some pretty big savings.
If you want to have a beautiful lawn, you should consider aerating your lawn every fall. Doing this will help you have healthy, beautiful grass and it will save you money over time. Instead of hiring someone to do this, you can actually go out and rent an aerator. I suggest renting one that is industrial sized, because it will do a much better job.