Most of the homeowners apply pesticides and fertilizers to their lawns and tend to appear for a chemical solution to solve the lawn problems when they should be thinking about a healthy grass instead.
When a lawn is looking healthy it resists disease. If it is not stick, it does not need drugs and extra care on your lawn. Here we give best tips to keep your lawn healthy. Whether you want to minimize the chemical use or eliminate it altogether you will get a healthy grass environment.
Adjust your expectations:
Most of the lawn chemicals do work and it is difficult to get the flawless golf course look without them. So if you plan to avoid or drastically reduce the chemical use, you may have to accept the imperfections in it.
Expect a dandelion or two and areas which will be a little less green at some time of the year. You could still expect your lawn to look good than all your neighbors lawns.
To get a great look on your lawn you need to mow your lawn frequently. But delay is bad for your grass. The taller grass gets the more you will cut off when you finally mow it. And the more you cut off, the more you will shock the grass weakens each individuals plant and tend to other problems on your lawn later.
It also opens up the turf canopy and permits the weeds to bully their way in. You need to follow the rule of thumb while mowing. Never remove more than one-third of leaf blade on each time you mow it. And you need to keep your lawn mower blade sharp.
A clean-cut reduces the possibilities of common lawn diseases and making their way into the leaf problems.
Remove the thatch layer:
The thatch layer is a slowly layer formed by decomposing the grass stems, roots, clipping and debris which accumulate at the soil surface over time. It can build up in your lawn and virtually choke it to death. An excessive thatch build up is commonly found in the lawns which have been over fertilized or over watered and they have never been aerated.
The thatch build up of ¾ in or more will restrict the water and nutrient supply into the soil and it can harbor disease organisms which can increase the need for pesticides. The continuous core aeration will slow down the thatch development. Whatever it won’t do much to remove the existing thatch and this can be done by renting a power rake which will lift the thatch from the soil surface.
This thatch layer residue can then be raked by the hand and removed. Dethatching is hard work, so it is smart to prevent the build of thatch layer in the first place. The best way to do that is avoid overwatering and over fertilizing on your lawn grass.