Benefits of a Well-Maintained LawnBy: Roxanne Nichols
How Do You Define a "Well-Maintained" Lawn?
There are several ways to know if your lawn is being well-maintained. For one, if it is watered deeply but infrequently, it is a good sign of a well-kept lawn. This means the roots constantly stay hydrated without bring drowned in moisture.
Another sign of a well-maintained lawn is when it's been fertilized according to when the grass needs it, not just according to a calendar. The right amount of fertilization can help grass grow to their fullest, most green potential; excessive or lacking amounts of fertilizer will typically do the opposite.
Grass that has been mowed with the proper height setting is another way to keep lawns well-maintained. By cutting just the right amount of grass, you can keep a neat appearance for your yard and encourage a healthier regrowth for a stronger lawn.
Rainwater and other pollutants can raise the acid levels of soils, leading to compromised nutrients and possibly a decline in the health of the lawn. Maintaining the proper pH levels, which is around 7 or neutral, can serve as another indicator of a well-maintained lawn. pH can be adjusted through nitrogen, which raises the pH, or lime, which reduces it.
Reasons Why a Well-Maintained Lawn is Worth It
Having a well-maintained lawn is more than simply making your home look nicer from the outside. A green, even, and healthy lawn can increase the value of your property as well as provide a better environment for the plant and animal life around your home.
Here are other reasons why well-maintained lawns are worth the time and effort to obtain:
- It's less expensive to maintain a properly cared for lawn. Not only do you end up with fewer weed problems, but also fewer pests and diseases as well. Keeping is consistently healthy and trim saves you from spending exorbitant amounts of repair fees later on.
- It increases your property value. A healthy lawn is usually not something most people consider when putting their home up for sale, but it can go a long way in improving your home's chance of being sold for a decent price. Fixing up your lawn before putting it on sale can add as much as 14% to property value and speed the sale up by 6 weeks.
- It reduces erosion. A well-maintained lawn not only slows the flow of rainwater, allowing it to filter and return to groundwater,but it also prevents topsoil from being carried away. With the latter, the dense root network is able to hold the soil in its place.
- It filters stormwater. Well-maintained lawns absorb water much better than impervious surfaces, such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and roadways. Grass planted in drainage tracts help water to absorb more quickly than rock-lined tracts.
- It improves air quality. Healthy grass not only traps carbon, but also releases oxygen, and prevents topsoil from being blown away and into the air. This is even more beneficial with the more grass you have.
- Lastly, it reduces noise pollution. Many urban buildings that plant rooftop grass areas do so not only to cool the building, but also to cut down the surrounding noise. If you live in high trafficked areas, keeping a well-maintained lawn is worth it for some extra peace.
If you own a home, lawn maintenance can be seen as just another task. However, the benefits of keeping a well-maintained lawn will go a long way to improving the quality of life of your home and around your property.