Tips for Lawn Care and Landscaping
Every modern home should have a good lawn. Good lawns are a difficult task not only to grow but also to maintain. All lawns just like other plants, need water to live and grow. The quantity of water to be used on the lawn is directly related to the weather season and the grass type planted. The Bermuda, St. Augustine and buffalo are most commonly used types of grasses.
The Kentucky blue grass is another type of grass used on the lawns that requires more watering than the rest. The weather season might also determine the amount of water used on the lawn. The lawn is mostly dry if not watered well because of the high rate of evaporation during the summer season. Watering the ground or the lawn during the summer is important to avoid the heat sucking up all the water from the lawn.
The winter season on the other hand allows the ground or the lawn to maintain its moisture. The moisture on the ground during the winter season is basically due to the low rate of evaporation. Fertilizing the lawn is also another important way of caring and maintaining the grass. The type of grass planted and the weather season also influence the time to fertilize the lawn. The warm season grasses which include the buffalo and the Bermuda are mostly fertilized during the summer season.
The cold season type of grass like the Kentucky blue grass are better fertilized during the winter cooler seasons. Fertilizers are usually made of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous which are very essential additives and nutrients for the grass. An alternative of buying fertilizers is making your own from the mixture of coffee grounds, bone meal and wood ashes. The other type of fertilizer can be made from Epsom salts, ammonia, mouthwash and beer.
Lawn care also involves regular weeding of the grass. Tall grasses rarely have weeds thus the grass should be allowed to grow for more than three inches. Vinegar is very strong and does not harm the grass so it is also a good and effective way to control the weeds in your lawn. Other than vinegar, you can also use the following methods to get rid of weeds in your lawn; using herbicides to kill the weeds, laying mulch and also pulling the weed out. Pests in the lawn can be eliminated by using pesticides. Snails, slugs and insects are the pests commonly found in the lawns. Instead of using money buying pesticides, you can save it by regularly cleaning the lawns. Lawn care also involves mowing the grass to make it thicker.