3 Key Tips for Keeping Your Yard Nice This Summer
The wear and tear on a lawn can be substantial, especially if it experiences heavy use. Both the weather and the type of soil you have in your yard can affect the sorts of problems your lawn may develop. Luckily, summer is here, and it’s a great time to get your lawn in excellent shape. Here are three tips to help you take better care of your lawn this summer.
1. Maintain Heavily Trafficked Areas
Some parts of a lawn can be subjected to heavy use – especially around a barbecue, a children’s play area or spots that are used as shortcuts – just to name a few. These areas will probably need more attention than other areas that get less use. It’s important to improve the drainage of these areas, as poor drainage is often the cause of poor grass growth, leaving these high traffic areas looking unsightly.
Aerating and applying a top-dressing to your lawn promotes drainage, improving the overall health of your yard. Aerating large areas of your lawn keeps the soil from becoming too compacted. For example, if you live in Denver, instead of renting a bulky aeration tool, hire a professional aeration Denver service to give these troublesome spots the attention they need. Following aeration, use a brush to work a sandy top-dressing mixture into all the holes. This will create the long-lasting drainage channels that are necessary for a healthy lawn.
Remember to take special care as you mow these heavily trafficked areas. Areas that see a lot of use should never be cut short. Don't worry if you have specific spots that require replacement, as a regular schedule of fertilizing and watering will encourage new grass to grow quickly and densely. If all else fails, turn an area of heavy use into a path by laying down pea gravel or concrete pavers.
2. Fix Damaged Patches
Your local soil conditions or frequent heavy use by children and pets may cause parts of an otherwise healthy, vigorous lawn to deteriorate. The resulting patches can spoil the appearance of the entire lawn. A great project for the summer is spending time repairing these damaged patches. Late summer is an ideal time to repair your lawn, as the grass seed or sod is able to thrive and grow best throughout the warmer conditions of late summer months. Prepare areas for seeding or sodding by using a half-moon edger to cut around the damaged area, then remove the turf with a spade. Turn over the exposed soil and mix in a liquid or granular fertilizer. Try to use grass of the same type and quality as the original to get a good match. Place the new sod in the empty space and use a half-moon edger to cut it to size. Push the sod firmly in place and remember to water it regularly.
3. Repair Damaged Edges
Neat edges provide the finishing touches for a lawn. However well-maintained a lawn is, the overall look could be spoiled if the edges are left untrimmed or damaged. Edges that have been damaged in only a few small areas can be repaired easily. Just use your trusty half-moon edger to cut an accurate square of turf around areas of damage. Carefully lift the turf, then turn it around so that the damaged area faces the interior of the lawn, rather than facing your hardscape. Re-lay the turf, make sure that it’s properly level, and reseed the damaged area with suitable grass seed mixed with a sprinkle of topsoil. When you’re out watering your lawn and garden, give this spot an extra soak. With the area of damage surrounded by healthy grass, the damage will be able to recover quickly.
A green lawn is the holy grail of great lawn care and signals to your friends and neighbors that you take pride in your home. Improve your home’s curb appeal, as well as your enjoyment of your private outdoor space, by enhancing your lawn this summer.