Finding the Right Landscaper

One year, a drought ravages your yard, killing off most of the grass. Perhaps a disease causes your lawn to thin out, and weeds begin to take over. Your yard is nearly empty, and you have to start over from scratch. By following these basic tips on building a lawn, you can grow a vibrant yard within a year.

Soil Preparation

Most homeowners skip this step. They assume that they can simply fertilize later and save themselves the trouble. Unfortunately, this oversight can cost them time and money when their yards fail to take off. Before you plant any grass, measure your soil's pH level, which is a measure of its acidity. For most grasses, you want to shoot for a pH of around 6.5, which allows soil bacteria to flourish. You can pick up a pH testing kit at your local lawn care or home improvement store.

Choosing the Right Grass

When you choose the right type of grass means that you'll enjoy your lawn with minimal maintenance for the next few decades. However, choosing the wrong type of grass means that you might have to start over next year.

Your climate largely determines which grasses will thrive in your area. For example, the sandy soil of Florida is perfect for St. Augustine, but you'll probably want a bluegrass if you live in the Northeast. Next, choose how you'll plant the grass. Seed requires less work than sod or plugs, but grass seed takes longer to grow thick. However, sod and plugs can transmit diseases, which can cause extensive damage to your lawn.

Irrigation

A good rule of thumb is to ensure that your lawn gets 1 inch of water every week while it's growing. Healthy grass will develop deep root systems, which will protect against freezing temperatures and drought.Grass that doesn't receive enough water will grow roots near the surface, which can make it more susceptible to dry spells and freezing temperatures. Poor irrigation can also allow weeds to take root when your yard begins to thin out.

Mower Maintenance

Most people don't perform any maintenance on their mowers until they break down. However, mowers require regular maintenance. You'll extend your mower's useful life, but you'll also improve your lawn's overall health. Mower blades slightly dull every single time they cut anything. While an individual blade of grass won't ruin your blade, think about how many times it cuts something. Most mowers cut grass at about 3,600 rpm, and you probably cut millions of blades of grass every year.

Those tiny cuts add up, so you should sharpen the blade once for every 10 acres mowed. Dull blades cut slower, so you'll speed up mowing times by sharpening your blade. Dull blades also create jagged cuts, which can damage your lawn over time. Sharp blades will keep your lawn healthy and help it grow thick in a fraction of the time.

 
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