Lawn Maintenance Checklist & Landscaping Chores

Lawn Maintenance Checklist & Landscaping Chores

To keep the lawn in good condition, it must be cut regularly, but this is not enough to make it look optimal. There are other measures that are also essential, such as the use of

To keep the lawn in good condition, it must be cut regularly, but this is not enough to make it look optimal. There are other measures that are also essential, such as the use of fertilizer or lime, restocking, weeding, scarification, irrigation, etc.

The shorter the grass, the more beautiful

Obviously you have to be Mow the lawn constantly. The cutoff frequency varies according to the purpose pursued and the time available.

In general, we must mow the lawn at least once a week between April and the end of June, and between September and the end of October. Two cycles that correspond to the periods in which the outbreak reaches its maximum growth. An ornamental grass that should be trimmed under (2-3 cm) can receive two passes per week, although it should be noted that this type of grass does not support footprints and drought as well.

A lawn for leisure purposes is cut to 5 centimeters, even a little longer if it is frequently stepped on.

Whatever your goal, do not trim more than 1/3 of the height of the grass. In summer, and during periods of drought, leave the grass a little higher by trimming the edges.

If your lawnmower is equipped with a side exit, try to eject the cut grass into the garden and not over the edges, massifs or walls of the house. Cut the edges and areas near the base of the trees with an electric trimmer or with a manual scissor. Wait for the spray to evaporate before making any type of cut.

What to do with mowed grass

Rake Debris from lawn mowing can become a problem after several mowing.

Whether or not your lawnmower is equipped with a collection tank, it is advisable to group the clippings with a rake or better with a lawn broom. Turn it into fertilizer by inserting it into your composter, or as padding.

To do this, distribute it to cover the base of the bushes, the flower beds or around the planted vegetables; although not exceeding 5 centimeters in height (risk of fermentation).

Lawnmowers equipped with mulching or padding kit prevent collection, as the grass is crushed very thin. However, frequent cuts can lead to an accumulation of debris that could suffocate the lawn.

In this case, you can alternate with a cut without padding and collect grass clippings.

Lawn: water in fine rain mode

The frequency of irrigation varies depending on the types of soil. It is recommended to water daily in summer as long as there is no rainfall.

As with vegetables, it is preferable to provide a sufficient amount of water (between 5 and 10 mm) in a single irrigation rather than watering several times a day. The exception is in a very sandy soil: water less but more often.

You can use a sprinkler irrigation device. Avoid evaporation losses, avoiding watering in full sun. You can turn to a programmer to activate irrigation at nightfall.

If you are absent for a prolonged period, complete your irrigation system with a probe. It will evaluate the soil moisture and start automatic irrigation if necessary.

Lawn: how to act against moss

By the end of winter you may discover that the grass has been invaded by moss plaques. Especially in places that receive little light, under trees or along a wall. It is important to eliminate this moss that suffocates the soil and drowns your lawn. There are several methods to do it, but the most effective is scarification, without a doubt.

Scarification consists of passing a tool, called a scarifier, to aerate the soil and facilitate lawn nutrition. We will really achieve to eliminate the moss and the tangled or felt (accumulation of old dead and dry roots) that forms on the surface of the soil. It is an essential task to continue enjoying an already planted lawn, in heavy or stepped soils with a lot of frequency and intensity. In most cases, a single pass is enough, in early spring, although it can also be scarified in the fall. There are different types of scarifiers: manual, electric or with a gasoline engine.

What to do with weeds

Weeds As a general rule, mowing the lawn regularly prevents the appearance of weeds. Start the most resistant species (dandelion, bananas, buttercups, etc.) when the soil is wet and using a knife or a gouge.

Use only a selective herbicide if your lawn is truly invaded, and always respecting the instructions for use. Chemical herbicides pollute the soil, but there are numerous alternatives, such as nettle slurry or thermal burners to weed your lawn ecologically.

How to nourish the lawn

Mulch

The subscriber with mulch or compost uses these very mature products, in approximate doses of two pallets per m2 in order to fertilize the soil.

It is advisable to use mulch after each scarification.

Fertilizer

You will find special lawn fertilizers that release nutrients progressively.

You can also use a fast-acting fertilizer to recover a degraded lawn in the shortest possible time. After applying any fertilizer, water well so that it dissolves and penetrates the soil.

Recover a lawn: Garden roller

It is possible that bare areas (bald) or sparsely populated areas appear on your lawn. This can be remedied by reseeding the lawn. Start shaping the soil superficially in the places where you are going to sow. Then spread the grass seeds volley. Try to make its composition as similar as possible to the mixture you initially used to prevent the herb from presenting different aspects. Work the area slowly with the rake to bury the seeds or cover them with mulch. On larger surfaces, use a lawn roller, a splint or flatten it with your feet and water in fine rain mode. After one or two weeks (depending on the variety chosen), the grass will be as new and a uniform green.

Tip of a handyman

To save time, we recommend tuning your lawn in early spring. The ideal is to cut the grass scarify, replant and fertilize throughout the same day.

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