The New Perfect Lawn

Here are tips for a new lawn and getting it started. Read this article before you start.

Your lawn is likely the largest area of your garden. It is what blends your house with the garden, adding a touch of spaciousness and providing the perfect surface for relaxation and play. So, how can you ensure that your lawn looks its best? Here are some perfect lawn guidelines:

(1) Shape the lawn effectively. It is most pleasing to use flowing curves. As well as being visually appealing, curves are easier to mow and water than sharp corners.

(2) Don't grow grass right up to the building line. Plan pathways or paving adjacent to the walls. Ensure also that grass is not growing under overhanging eaves.

(3) Don't have grass in heavily shaded areas, like the southern side of buildings, under dense shrubs or beside fences.

(4) Prepare the soil well for grass. The best soil type for grass growth is well-drained sandy loam. Hire a rotary hoe and hoe to a depth of 15 centimeters. Do this when the soil is damp. Remove large stones, gravel and other unwanted items.

(5) Allow the soil to remain in a loose condition for several weeks to form a crumbly structure. Destroy weed seeds by hoeing, raking or spraying with glyphosate herbicides.

(6) Level the grass. Lawns which naturally slope away from the house are usually most effective. For best drainage the lawn should slope away from the house.

(7) Grade the soil to fill in noticeable holes. Do this when the soil is loose and fairly dry. Now water the area and leave it for about a week.

(8) Apply a base fertilizer. Use one with at least 5 % phosphorous. Spread the fertilizer evenly.

(9) You are now ready to sow your seed. Choose a calm day for this. It is better to sow small sections over a period of weeks to ensure that you are adequately watering the lawn. After sowing, lightly rake the surface. Keep the surface moist with light watering until the seeds start to germinate. As they grow stronger water heavily but less frequently.

Make sure you water your new lawn frequently until the grass is growing strongly. Cut the grass before it gets too high. This will encourage new shoots at the base of each blade. Occasionally use nitrogen fertilizer. When mowing, use a constant cutting height. Don't mow too close or this will result in premature browning. Remove clippings to prevent a spongy surface developing.

Follow through on these pointers you will have a lawn to be proud of.

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