A beautiful lawn is one of the most desired features in gardens all around the world. Appropriate lawn care is key to ensure your lawn stay green and good-looking. Getting a healthy and beautiful lawn and garden isn’t rocket science, but it does take time, patience and the right information. Simple steps can be taken: Soil pH (acidity level) is very important, and just because your dirt looks rich and black doesn’t mean it’s the right pH for grass. Take samples around the yard and send them to your local extension service for testing. You can fix soil pH problems by adding lime to raise the pH or iron to lower it. Most grasses prefer a pH of 6.0 to 7.2.

Grass in shade has different needs than grass in sun, therefor knowing your yards sun patterns and areas that are affects is useful. When it comes to yard maintenance, people tend to over-apply fertilizer to shady areas because the grass is struggling. But that just kills it faster! A lawn in full sun and a shaded lawn that may get only two to four hours of direct sun have different water and fertilizer needs.

The grass in shady areas needs less water because less evaporates, and it needs less fertilizer because with less sun it doesn’t grow as much. When you go into shade, shift the controls on the spreader so you’re spreading about half the amount. Lawns that are nutrient-stressed are a breeding ground for weeds, so the best defense is a healthy lawn. Test the soil to see what type and quantity of fertilizer are needed to help your lawn. Proper fertilization improves lawn health, so grass can compete better and crowd out weeds— without a lot of weed killer.

And consider location for trees whether they are fruiting or ornamental. Before you buy a tree, look at the shade pattern it’ll have when it’s grown. You’re going to start with this cute little tree, and it’s going to look good when you plant it near the house, but once it grows up, it’s going to be a problem with the roof and gutters.

Urban Lawn Care
Lawn Maintenance and Care: Urban Gardens

 

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