Planting turf around your building? While grass can be lovely to have in front of the building, it can be difficult to grow. Have you noticed patches and areas where the grass doesn’t grow as well? It may be necessary to take special care with the lawn and ensure it has what it needs to grow.
Aerate the Soil
Good lawns require a lot of work. One of the big issues with a lawn is that it can become compacted by frequent use, grass cutting, and more. To ensure there is plenty of oxygen reaching the roots, and the water can properly drain, you’ll need to aerate the area.
Small lawns may be aerated with a hand tool, but if you have a larger space, it’s helpful to use a larger machine.
Provide Deep Watering
If you want the grass to do well and grow deep, solid roots, you’ll need to do what is called deep watering. This involves watering the lawn less frequently and for a longer period of time. You want roughly an inch of water across the entire lawn. Then you can leave it for as long as it takes to dry out the soil for at least three to four inches deep.
The benefits of this method of water including not overwatering and building deeper roots. If there is a drought later on, the roots are already deep enough to survive the lack of water.
Fertilise the Lawn
Using fertilisers designed for grass will help speed up the growth of the lawn, but it also helps the grass stay healthier. Malnourished grass is weak and tends to lose its brightness. You may find it is susceptible to pests and disease and is easily overrun by weeds. With fertiliser, you’ll have a fresher looking green space.
Return Grass Clippings
Another way to ensure your lawn is getting the nutrients it needs is to leave the grass clippings on the lawn when you cut the grass. You can do this in a few ways. First, consider using a reel mower, which will scatter the grass clippings on the lawn. Second, you may use a regular mower, but scatter the clippings after you’ve cut it.
Finally, you can use the grass clippings to make compost and then spread the compost on the lawn. The clippings contain important nutrients and can prevent weeds from growing up. The clippings also decompose rapidly, so you will find that it benefits the grass quite quickly.
Does all this sound like a lot of work? It is, but it’s well worth the effort. However, if you would prefer to leave the work to someone else, contact Groundforce to learn how we can manage your landscaping for you.