Regardless of what you've got in your garden, you might have a beautiful vegetable garden, or you may have a vast cornucopia of plants, if you haven't got a healthy looking lawn, it's going to look and feel very underwhelming.
Having beautiful looking grass in your garden is a delicate art, but when you are trying your best to make your garden look as fantastic as possible, you can't ever underestimate the grass. So, what are the fundamentals of having the perfect lawn?
Preparing The Area
Firstly, it's best to ensure that your lawn is ready for seeding. It can be very difficult to ensure that your lawn is ready, especially if you have external influences that are very annoying. For example, if you have cats that like to make their mess on the grass, or have moles. But getting rid of moles doesn't have to be an arduous task. When it comes to preparing the area, it's not just about the lawn itself.
Sowing The Seed
Once you have removed old weeds and grass, grading your soil to a 1% or 2% slope is essential. If necessary, you can perform a soil test using a kit you can buy in any garden center. Based on the results, you can improve the soil, if this is necessary. At this point, you can then start to implement fertilizer, by raking it in.
After letting it settle for one week, roll a garden roller over the soil. Once you have chosen the right species of grass, you can install the new lawn. If you are planting seeds, use a lawn spreader, and sow half of the seeds in parallel rows, and the other half at right angles. But if you are using sod, you need to lay this end to end in uneven rows, very much the same as if you were laying bricks. After watering the lawn, you need to not walk on it for at least the first week.
It's All About Care
Once it's grown, maintaining it is a lot easier. When it comes to watering the lawn, either do it in the early morning or the late evening, as this minimizes water loss due to evaporation.
When mowing the lawn, start off with the highest setting on your lawn mower, and mow the lawn in a different pattern than the last time you did it. This helps the grass grow evenly. In addition to this, use the right fertilizer to help maintain the health of your lawn.
Maintaining constant care of your lawn is the best way to keep it looking healthy. Now you've been able to give it the color and depth that makes the rest of your garden look great, make sure you keep on top of it.
Every six months or so, undertake a thorough inspection, and, depending on the weather over the last six months, you may want to put more fertilizer on it, or reseed certain areas.
It doesn't have to be an overwhelming task, but if you want your garden to look fantastic, you need to put a bit of time into making sure it looks great now.