Tips on how to have a healthy lawn
A little effort is needed if you want to achieve a lawn that is green and healthy. Healthy lawns are less susceptible to pests, drought, weeds, and other problems. Here are some tips:
• Water deeply but not too frequently- Thoroughly watering your lawns encourages the development of deep root systems which hardens the lawn and makes it more drought-resistant. Make sure the lawn is dry before re-watering (usually once a week). Make sure the lawn is getting about 1 inch of water; too much water removes the oxygen from the soil and invite diseases.
• Overseed- Lawn seeding should be done over thinned areas. You can also use other ground covers for tougher spots.
• Aerate- Aerating compacted soil, especially in the fall, helps air, nutrients, and water to reach plant roots more quickly and easily.
• Feed-feeding your lawn with compost is a form of lawn fertilization. Put grass clippings on your lawn to provide it with nutrients.
Tips to reduce the use of pesticides
Plant a Locally Adapted Grass
Grasses will vary according to the amount of nutrients and water required, and the kind of climate they prefer. Your local garden center can recommend a grass that is best suited for your area.
Consider a mix of plants
A diverse landscape is good for the environment, and it is easier to maintain since it prevents pests from spreading to the entire lawn.
• Use the correct lawn fertilization, mowing, topdressing, aeration, and watering practices.
• Beneficial insects such as parasitic wasps and ladybugs can keep pests in check
• If you see few weeds appearing, pull them by hand.
Lawns can easily be maintained without pesticides. However, in case you want to use pesticides, make sure you use them as part of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. If you cannot do all the above by yourself, it is good to note that you can find a lawn care company that will maintain your lawn and control pests. To learn more, please visit the Weed Man USA website.