Many homeowners are frustrated by lawn maintenance. Too much time is required to keep grass green and smooth, weed-free, and mowed. Others bemoan wear from foot traffic or visits from pets that make things look less than perfect. However, this whole subject can be made easier by analyzing soil conditions in the yard.
During the winter months you have time to read up on grass and what makes it thrive or decline. There’s no mowing or watering to be done in many regions, and the colorful flowers and vegetables in enticing seed catalogs are months away. If you want a gorgeous yard, you need to believe that grass can be as much fun as flowers.
The first thing is to learn the causes of your problems. You can analyze soil conditions by checking which weeds grow in your yard. List the kinds of weeds, the color of the foliage of both weeds and grass, and the luxuriance or sparseness of growth of any kind of plant. It’s both easy and fun to find out what the different plants in your grass are.
If you identify the weeds that are competing with your grass, you can discover whether your ground has a high, low, or neutral pH. Acid soil defeats grass, which likes neutral conditions, An alkaline soil is more rare in temperate regions, but this also can make grass weak and shallow-rooted.
A weed may also be able to penetrate compacted soils that smother grasses. Moss can spread over areas that stay too damp for grass, which is susceptible to fungal diseases. Many native plants we think of as weeds can tolerate less fertility than cultivated plants, which are often of foreign origin. Identifying invading plants is actually a very precise way to judge your ground, but there are tools like soil test kits and monitors you can use instead.
Once you know what problems your soil exhibits and how to deal with them, you will need to know what grasses grow best in your area. Blue Springs, Missouri, not far from Kansas city, is in planting zone 6, a temperate zone. Its weather on average has hot summers – but not too hot or dry – and cold winters – but not usually sub-zero. The best grass for that zone is tall fescue, with perhaps a little Kentucky Bluegrass mixed in.
After improving your soil (with organic fertilizers, minerals found in lime, epsom slats, and gypsum, and aeration techniques that allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate to plant roots) and choosing the right grass for your region, you need to learn about mowing and watering. Each grass has it’s optimum height; tall fescue should be from 3 1/2 to 4 inches tall. Watering should be done every week in early morning – from 6 to 9 AM – generously enough to soak into the soil without running off or puddling.
It’s easy to turn all these tasks over to lawn maintenance companies. However, if you prefer natural gardening and you like to care for your own plants, having a beautiful yard is entirely possible. Plan ahead for the next growing season and keep records of what works and what you learn as you go.
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