5 Easy Ways To Restore Your Lawn
A green, lush-looking lawn is a pleasing sight to see and an essential part of any home. But like any other garden area and yard, your lawn needs constant attention and care from time to time. So when your lawn looks tired, ragged, and overgrown, your lawn might need a little pick me up.
Restoring your lawn to its former glory needs a little more than simple fixes. It's an entire grass overhaul. But it doesn't have to be complicated as there are easy ways to help you restore your lawn.
1. Find and Determine What Issues Need Tending in Your Lawn
The first part of the restoration process is finding the root of the problem. A tired-looking lawn with brown patches and rough soil is more than just "needs watering." It might be due to thatch buildup, weeds, compacted soil, or the soil needs aeration. Grass is reasonably simple to take care of as long as you tend it often.
Weeds and thatch buildup over time if the grass is left on its own and can deter healthy grass growth. In particular, too many weeds weak your grass roots, deterring grass growth. Removing weeds and raking the lawn to see if it needs dethatching and aerating can help know if the grass needs help or if it's just not in season. However, if it's more than just weeds and thatch, treatments using non-chemical solutions might help speed up the process.
2. Clean Your Lawn to Prepare It for The Process
To make the restoration easier, clean your lawn of observable problems. Cleaning your lawn can be done by raking, mowing, cutting, and tilling the area. There is no specific order where to start, but the easiest is to start by removing grass weeds. You can do this by using weed killers or doing it manually. If the weeds are gone, and there’s still dead and dry material, you can rake and start dethatching the area to get rid of excess organic material and to help loosen the soil. This process also helps the soil breathe and bares it to help it absorb the solutions you might apply.
3. Lawn Booster vs Non-Selective Herbicides
Lawn boosters and grass herbicides are two helpful options when it comes to restoring your lawn. The difference between the two depends on what your lawn needs to be restored.
If your lawn is just tired and needs a little pick me up, applying a lawn booster can help it come back to life. Lawn boosters are usually a combination of grass seeds, soil enhancers, and fertilizers that boost grass growth more quickly, thicker, and healthily.
If your lawn is beyond restoring and is practically dead, starting new is the best thing to do. To do this, you can use non-selective herbicides to remove the remaining grass thoroughly. Once the lawn is cleared, you can till the soil cycle around dead organic material to help the grass absorb more moisture and spread fertilizer to prepare for the grass seeds.
4. Alter Your Lawn's Chemistry
When taking care of grass areas, a little bit of chemistry is involved. Adjusting your lawn's chemistry to help the nutrients absorb better and for the grass to grow healthier involves adding different kinds of soil fillers to reduce or increase the pH balance of the soil. Before adding any fillers, test your lawn's pH balance by digging up a hole in your soil and fill it with distilled water. Once filled, dip the test strip in the water, wait for about a minute or so or until the results show. The pH range you should be looking for is around 6.5 to 14 scale.
Adding limestone to your lawn's soil decreases its acidic level and balances the pH level on your soil. If you're looking for an organic alternative to limestone, ashes from the fireplace will also do well. On the other hand, If your soil is on the alkaline side, adding sulfur to the soil will balance it too. Other alternatives for sulfur can be compost or grass clippings when mowing, as the decomposition adds acidity to the soil. Just don't overdo the organic matter as too much of it causes thatch buildup.
5. Don’t Forget to Feed and Water Your Lawn
Once your lawn is restored and the grass healthy and lush, don’t forget to maintain it by feeding it with grass seeds and watering it occasionally. Feed your grass periodically (or depending on your lawn needs seasonally) and add fertilizer to protect it in the winter months. Preferably feed it during spring and fall to strengthen the grass in harsh weather.
Other than feeding the grass with fertilizer and seeds, water your grass consistently. Your lawn must be kept hydrated for it to be healthy and have consistent growth. Sustaining its moisture will help grass seeds to manifest their roots. Watering twice a day would do the trick. However, observe your grass if it doesn't absorb water well as it might grow weeds. If so, adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
To Sum It Up
With all things considered, lawn revival is a reasonably easy task to do, albeit a lengthy one depending on what your lawn needs.
You don't need to do everything mentioned above, and you need only pick which ones can help boost your lawn back. However, the most crucial part of helping restore your lawn is the constant maintenance of your lawn through feeding and watering. That's just it. As long as you properly follow through with all these, your lawn will be perfect in no time.