Everybody loves a beautiful and perfect lawn in front of their house or in the backyard and it doesn’t matter if it is a big or a small one, the nice looking lawn makes your home more enjoyable. When planning a perfect lawn think ahead and plan some flower gardens on the edges because it makes the lawn look better and it is easier to mow it later. For a good lawn you will need a layer of at least 8 inches of good quality soil. If your future lawn doesn’t have good quality soil we recommend that you clean and level the terrain and then dispose soil fertilizer evenly on the whole future lawn. Do not save money on the fertilizer because it will make your lawn thicker, nicer and more beautiful.
It is best to roughly clean the terrain in the fall before the first frosts. If you live in the warm parts with warm winters normally ignore the previous advice. It is best to till the whole surface with the spade or use the cultivator if you are planning a larger lawn. After that level the terrain with rakes. It is best to repeat the same procedure in the spring for best results. Seed the grass from mid march to mid may and do not save money on the grass seed because you can ruin all your work with bad seeds. Don’t seed the grass after may because the heat and drought will destroy the seeds and it will not spring. In the market there are hundred types of grass for every taste but we recommend grass mixtures because they are more enduring. If you don’t know which mixture to buy we recommend Jonathan Green 10830 Fast Grow Grass Seed Mix, 15 Pounds.
After sowing you will need to mix the soil with seeds. You will do that gently with the rakes. After that the soil must be stamped that the seeds sink at least half an inch deep into the ground. You can do this with your feet or some hand made tool but the roller gives best results. At the end the sowed grass have to be lightly watered and the grass will spring in 8 to 10 days. Always use sprinklers to evenly water the entire lawn. You must know that in the beginning you will have some weed on your lawn and you will have to pick it but don’t step on your lawn because the soil is still soft, rather use the wide plank and walk on the plank while picking the weed. After few weeks the grass will become larger and the weed will parish.
Mow grass whenever it is growing, provided the ground isn’t too wet or icy to walk on. In spring, mow once a week with the blades at their highest setting, and gradually lower them as growth accelerates. Use a box to collect the clippings, which can be composted, or use a “mulching mower” which doesn’t remove the grass but chops it into fine pieces, returning nutrients to the lawn. Rake off thick patches of clippings, which will damage the turf. In summer, a high-quality lawn may need cutting three times a week, but in autumn, as growth slows, once or twice a week should suffice.
The amount of fertilizer you need to maintain lush green grass depends on how rich the underlying soil is, and if you occasionally leave the clippings on the lawn, which help top up the soil nutrients. Apply granular or liquid lawn fertilizer at least once a year. Spring and early summer feeds are high in nitrogen to boost leaf growth; products for use in early autumn are low in nitrogen but high in potassium to aid grass roots in winter. Do not overfeed because it can result in weak growth and fungal problems. Divide the lawn into a grid of yard squares using stakes. Apply fertilizer at the rate according to the package. Rent a calibrated spreader for large lawns, and water if it doesn’t rain within three days after feeding.
Acidic lawns are prone to moss and weed growth. Check soil pH in winter, and raise it by applying ground chalk or limestone at a rate of 2 ounces per 10 square foot. Apply a lawn weedkiller in spring or summer, and repeat in early autumn. Organic gardeners can grub out creeping buttercups, daisies, and tap-rooted weeds, like dandelions, using an old knife.
Have fun planning and making your new perfect lawn!