A good looking lawn with lush leaves is highly attractive and goes a long way in improving the aesthetics of your home. It can also improve the resale value and it is equally good for the environment. Keeping a healthy lawn isn’t at all stressful. As a matter of fact, any homeowner can maintain a beautiful lawn if they know some gardening secrets such as the right fertilizers to use, and the best time to water lawn in hot weather. In this article, I will be sharing with you the secrets to how you can get a new lawn and how to keep it healthy all year round.
Before we jump into the mix, let us first share some of the benefits of having a lawn at the front and back of your yard.
What are the Benefits of Having a Lawn?
You might think that keeping a lawn in front of your house might be too much of an expense, but there are numerous benefits to having a lawn and they include:
Healthy Grass Helps to Clean the Air
Fresh green grass helps to clean the air by trapping carbon dioxide and promoting the flow of oxygen within the atmosphere. You can say that it acts as an air freshener that helps to purify the environment.
Reduce Erosion of the Top Soil
A lawn helps to reduce the runoff of water on your soil, keeping the soil below the grass protected from flooding and waterlogging. With a lawn, in around your home, you can reduce drastically the amount of water that gets into the ground.
Keeps the Noise Down
Ever wondered why it always seems noisy when you are in the city and a lot quieter when you are in the suburbs? This is because of the presence of lawns and trees in the residential areas than in the city centers. You can liken a lawn to an insulation panel that helps to absorb sound from the environment.
Now that we have checked out some of the benefits of having a lawn, we will be looking out how you can get a lawn in your home.
How to Get a Lawn Installed in Your Home?
Once you have decided that you want to get a lawn installed in front of your home, the first step you need to take is to
Decide On the Grass Species
You need to choose a grass that is suitable for the climate in your area. So you need to check around for the type that is commonly used in your locality. You should also ensure that the grass is suitable for the type of soil it will be planted on. You can choose to either plant the seed or get a piece of turf and reuse it in your land. While seeds are cheaper to install, a turf will grow quicker once you are willing to put in the work and time for maintenance.
Before Installing the New Lawn
After you have made your choice on the type of grass you want to use and collected a few seedlings or sod (turf) the next step is to install the new lawn. But before you put the grass on the floor, you need to prepare the area you want to plant the seeds or turf on. You need to remove the weed on the floor, and make sure that the land is leveled and properly graded. You might need to perform a soil test to check that it has the right pH to support plant growth.
You can choose to improve the soil by using soil starter fertilizer if the lab results suggest that the soil is deficient in the required nutrients. Once the area has been properly prepared, the last thing you need to do before planting is to water the ground and let it settle to the subsoil for a few days.
Installing the New Lawn
Now that you are ready to install your new lawn, you first of all need to section the lawn. After sectioning, you can now begin sowing the seeds into the ground with the aid of a lawn spreader. You will need to maintain a parallel arrangement by planting in rows. Don’t just throw the seeds on the floor and expect them to grow, you will have to get them tucked under the soil where they can get enough supply of nutrients.
If you are going to be installing a turf, you will need a different approach as the method is slightly different. You will need to level the turf with the surrounding area by removing part of the soil and trimming the edges. The best arrangement is to keep them in a back-to-back row.
Maintaining Your Lawn
After installing your lawn, the next step is to ensure that the seeds and sod grow to become healthy grasses. To ensure this,
You Need to Keep Off the New Lawn
You should avoid walking on new turf during the first few weeks after installing them. Ideally, you should keep off the lawn totally for the first 6 months or until it has grown to 4 inches and above then you can decide to roll it using a garden roller or mow a few inches off until it is well developed.
Water Your New Lawn Daily
The secret to healthy-looking grass in front of your home is to water it daily especially after installing a new lawn. The best time to water your lawn in hot weather is in the morning and you need to water heavily to avoid drying up in the soil. In extremely hot weather conditions, you can also water the lawn in the evening immediately the sun goes down to replenish any water that might have been lost to the heat.
Keeping a healthy-looking lawn requires a little bit of work and dedication, especially during hot summer period when the ground needs to be watered daily during the first few months. How often do you water your lawn and what other methods do you use to keep it green. We will like to hear from you in the comment section.
Tony Manhart is a passionate gardener who has been tending to gardens for over 20 years. He takes pride in creating beautiful outdoor spaces with plants, trees, and shrubs that can thrive in any environment. He loves to share his knowledge with others and has taught classes on gardening basics and advanced techniques. He is committed to sustainability, using natural and organic methods to create and maintain gardens. He also works with local organizations to create green spaces for communities. When he’s not gardening, Tony enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with his family.