gardening tips for beginners

lovable-flower-gardening-tips-for-beginners-flower-gardening-tips-for-beginners-boldskyAchieving and maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn is easier than you might think. By following these natural lawn care practices, you’ll help build a stronger, healthier lawn that chokes out weeds, naturally resists pests and remains vibrant all season long. Below are some tips as suggested by a friend who do work as New Braunfels Lawn Maintenace expert.

Watering your lawn

-Don’t water in spring or fall

-Water 2.5 cm (about 1 inch) a week, including rain

Watering deeply, once a week for clay soils and twice a week for sandy soils, encourages deep, strong root growth. This will help your lawn cope in periods of summer drought. Watering more frequently can weaken grass, making it vulnerable to disease, pests and drought.

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-Use a rain gauge

A rain gauge can be used to measure the amount of water that has fallen, so you know how much more water you need to add to meet the 2.5 cm (1 inch) minimum.

A rain gauge can also be used to measure how long your sprinkler needs to be on: simply put the rain gauge beside your sprinkler, turn it on and note how long it takes for the rain gauge to meet the 2.5 cm (1 inch) mark.

Lawn mowing

Mow high

-The height of your grass is very important.

-Set the blade on your mower to cut at 6 — 7.5 cm (2.5 — 3 inches).

-Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade when you mow to avoid stressing the turf.

-Mow high to strengthen the roots and retain water and nutrients.

-A short lawn leads to shorter, weaker root systems.

-Short root systems leave your lawn more vulnerable to drought, insects, and weeds.

-Only mow your lawn when it needs it.

-Mowing should be more frequent during the spring and fall than in the summer when the grass grows slowly.

-Mow when grass is dry

Keep your blades sharp

-Dull blades tear the grass, leaving it vulnerable to disease and heat stress.

-Dull blades shred leaf tips, causing the turf to lose moisture.

-Sharpen your blades twice a season, or every 8 — 10 hours of use.

Mow safely

-Keep your equipment in good working condition.

-Look for possible projectiles such as rocks before you mow.

-Avoid mowing steep slopes; consider replacing grass with ground cover plants or a garden.

Aerating

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-Aerate in spring or fall to help water reach roots

Heavily used lawns can become compacted, preventing water from reaching roots. A lawn aerator removes small plugs of soil and turf from your lawn, to improve the flow of water, air and nutrients to the roots of your grass. Aeration is best done when the ground is slightly moist in either the spring or the fall. Aerating will help your roots grow deeply and produce a more healthy vibrant lawn. Perform aeration prior to topdressing and/or over-seeding for great results. Consider sharing the cost of renting an aerator with your neighbors — you can rent or purchase an aerator at most garden centres or equipment rental locations.