Lawn Maintenance Ideas for a Beautiful Yard

The perfect garden design idea is not complete without a lush, green lawn. But suppose the perfect soil and grass have been chosen for your outdoor space.

How are you going to keep it looking its best? Lawn care involves simple daily and weekly tasks; either you can do it yourself or get a little help from an expert.

Either way, our lawn maintenance ideas are doable that even amateurs can be at the top of their lawn game. Fire up your lawnmower or grass trimmer, and let’s get started!

1. Mowing routine

Regular grass mowing is key to a healthy lawn. Do it at least once a week during the spring and summer seasons.

Power tools like a lawnmower and grass trimmer are ideal for the job! Depending on the weather conditions, you may need to mow more or less.

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2. Get rid of weeds

Lawn weeds can grow as either seed heads or flowers; pull out the whole weed, roots included. This can be done by hand or using a tool like a soil knife. Watch out for thatch and moss as well!

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3. Use a sprinkler

To get the most out of your watering routine, use a sprinkler. Ensure it covers the entire area of the lawn. It’s best to water the lawn utilising this tool in the early morning, between 6 and 10 AM.

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4. Improve drainage through aeration

Lawns with poor drainage often become waterlogged, leading to other complications. Aeration can improve the flow of water and air to reduce surface build-up.

The shape of your garden should also drive water away with a shallow level slope.

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5. Fertilising routine

To achieve a greener lawn look, add fertiliser to your lawn care routine. Prepare your lawn spreader and high-quality fertiliser. Walk along the perimeter to fertilise and feed your lawn.

6. Practice over-seeding

Over-seeding rejuvenates tired and worn out lawns. A technique that fills in damaged and thinning areas. It also helps improve the colour and reduces the chance of weed and moss invasions.

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7. Invest in weed control

Keeping weeds out of your lawn can be very challenging. Weed control treatments save you time from pulling weeds. Keep an eye on broadleaf weeds and crabgrass.

8. Get your soil tested

Although fertilising, mowing and watering help produce great results, some lawns are stubborn. A soil test will give you answers about your soil health and what needs to be done to achieve a better lawn.

9. Power tools upkeep

Whether you’re using a lawnmower or a petrol grass trimmer, put some care and attention into your power tool. Make sure the blades are sharp and/or the gas is loaded.

Clean after use to help maintain a solid performance.

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10. Fix lawn spots

Lawn bare patches are usually the result of pet urine, infestations by grubs, and more. There are two easy methods for this concern: reseeding and patching with sod.

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11. Get rid of grubs

Treating the grass before the grubs hatch is the most effective approach to break the cycle. You can do this naturally using a dish soap, mix with water and spray it over the infested area.

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12. Train your dogs

Your furry friends may be negatively impacting your lawn. To stop them from ruining your hard work, train them to relieve themselves in a certain lawn area.

Set aside a designated area in your yard for your pet to use, ideally a shady and hidden spot.

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13. Rake if necessary

Raking is crucial for preparing your lawn for new growth, mainly with fallen leaves on the ground. Rake thoroughly to break up any remnants of turf from the previous growing season.

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14. Apply pre-emergent herbicides

Whether a weed is annual or perennial, using a pre-emergent herbicide helps. This type of herbicide addresses weeds before their seedlings emerge.

It forms a chemical barrier in the topsoil layer that coats seeds, preventing them from growing roots and shoots.

15. Know the best grasses for your region

Turf varies in their climate preferences and tolerances for drought and shade. Grass suited to their growing region creates exceptional lawns.

Indeed, the success of a beautiful lawn also rests on the grass itself.

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Lawn Maintenance Ideas: Round-up

Most of our lawn maintenance ideas are best applied on an autumn lawn and in the spring. This time frame allows the grass the best chance to repair and grow throughout the summer.

You can have a beautiful, lush and green lawn with just a few regular lawn care maintenance routines. Hard work won’t betray you!