Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

Tips To Help You Have A Great-Looking Lawn This Summer

by Warren Garcia

The exterior and landscaping around your home can greatly improve or negate the look of your home. Keeping your landscaping well-kept and your lawn manicured and healthy can help improve your home's exterior appearance. Here are some tips to help you keep your lawn looking its best.

Fight Off Weeds

Keeping your lawn free of weeds will help your lawn look attractive and also help keep it healthy. A lawn that becomes invaded with weeds can eventually become overrun as the weeds take up more and more space, crowding the lawn out. Weeds in your lawn will also use the moisture and nutrients that your lawn needs, starving your lawn of its essential requirements. You can use a hand spade and cut out individual weeds as they sprout up or use a weed prevention product.

There are several products available at most home improvement and garden stores, and some can help you combat weeds while boosting the health of your lawn. Common fertilizers with weed control can fight off the growth of crab grass and broad leaf weeds while boosting the soil for the improvement of your lawn's health. It is recommended to apply the first application of a weed and feed product when your mow your lawn for the first time in the spring.

Cut Your Lawn Appropriately

It is important to mow your lawn at an appropriate height for your climate, the type of lawn you have, and the time of year.  If, at any time, your lawn has brown or bare-looking spots over its surface after you have mowed, you may have cut it too short. This can expose the lawn's roots and cause it damage,  making it more prone to additional weed growth.

Check to find out what type of grass you have growing in your yard and set your mower's blade to the appropriate height. For example, if your yard has Kentucky bluegrass, you should mow it to a height of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches each week. If you are not sure the type of lawn you have, check with a local landscaping company to have your lawn evaluated. A lawn mowing professional can recommend a proper lawn height and an appropriate mowing schedule for it.

Water for Healthy Growth

Providing enough, but not too much water for your lawn is also important for keeping it healthy. It is better to water your lawn less frequently but for a longer duration, than short and frequent waterings. For example, it is better to water your lawn twice each week than every other day. This helps your lawn grow deeper and healthier roots, which helps your lawn become more drought-tolerant. 

Your lawn needs anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water each week. To check the amount of water you are giving your lawn, place an empty tuna can on your lawn during each watering, then measure the depth of water accumulated in the can to find out if it is sufficient. If you water your lawn twice each week, for example, you should find 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of water in the empty can after proper watering. 

Use these tips to help you make your lawn healthy and well-maintained.