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How to Maintain Your Lawn All Year-Round Like a Pro

Whether you have a small garden or acres of land, maintaining your lawn can be tricky. You'll have plenty of weeds and pests to contend with, so understanding the best tips and tricks to beat them is crucial. Below, you will find some of the best strategies you can use to maintain your lawn properly and instantly improve its quality (starting today!).

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Let's Dive Right In!

Fertilizers

We'll start with the basics. The grass in your garden requires regular mowing, feeding, and weed removal to stay in a healthy state. If you neglect any part of this process, you may find yourself with an overgrown lawn with weeds and patchy areas to deal with.

During the colder months, the grass and weeds will not be growing as rapidly, but they will during the warmer months. So, you have to be prepared to do more work during that time of the year. But don't worry, with the right techniques you can make lawn care simple and time-efficient.

Feeding Your Lawn

A person holding a bit of organic fertilizer in one hand and artificial fertilizer in the other


​The best time to feed your lawn is during the growing months. It's during this time that it will need the extra nutrients and water to properly grow and develop.

The easiest solution for feeding is to get an organic fertilizer. ​I'd recommend opting for an organic variety because it reduces potentially harmful chemicals from being added to the soil and from them coming into contact with friends, family, and children who use the garden. 

Not to mention the environmental impact that using chemical fertilizers implies. For watering, an oscillating sprinkler is a cheap and easy option which is available from any gardening store or Amazon.

Overseeding Patchy Areas

It's common for some areas of your lawn to be of higher quality than others. An easy solution to this is to re-seed those areas during the early growing season.

This is commonly known as overseeding, which basically means adding seed to an existing lawn without ripping it all up and starting from scratch.

Here's how you can overseed your lawn in a few simple steps:

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    ​Use a fork to lightly dig over the area and break up the soil to prepare it for seeding.
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    ​Sow your grass seeds as recommended by the manufacturer.
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    ​Gently rake over the area to ensure the seeds are covered where possible.
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    ​If you think birds might eat the seeds, use a net to cover the area.
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    ​Use a sprinkler or watering can to water every 2-3 days if there is no rain.

​Using the above method you should start to see new grass sprouting in 7 to 10 days. But it does depend on the variety used and the climate. In cooler temperatures it will take longer.

The Best Way to Water Your Lawn

Most grass is very resilient, and even if it goes brown over the hotter months, it will recover in times when there is sufficient water, so watering is not usually critical.

Having said that, it's obvious that a beautiful green lawn is desirable all year-round, so in this case, it's a good idea to know how to water your lawn properly.

Watering Grass
Top Tip

If the soil has become very hard, aerate it first. You can get specific garden tools for the job, but it's also quite easy to dig a fork in. The later will give you a good workout, too!

​Here are the key points to bear in mind when watering your lawn:

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    ​Water only when the soil becomes dry in order to avoid over-watering and water waste
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    ​It's usually only necessary to water once every week
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    ​Aim to get the water down to around 4 inches so the roots are wet
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    ​You'll need approximately 5 gallons per 1 sq yard

​​The above points are just general guidelines and will vary depending on your climate, soil, grass, and drainage of the soil.

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Make sure that the area stays moist all of the time. Overwatering will yield poor results and underwatering may kill the seedlings.​

Killing the Weeds

There are very few lawns without weeds. And those that have very few weeds are well maintained and require a considerable amount of effort to keep them that way. So, what's the best way to maintain a weed-free lawn?

First up, it takes time. You can start by spot-removing (which is basically hand picking weeds as you notice them). If you're out in the garden a lot, do it gradually as you notice them appearing.

If your lawn has a more severe problem, you can use a weed-killing concentrate on the entire area.

Here are some top tips on using weed killer lawn-wide:

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    ​Ensure the soil is not too dry so that the grass can survive the chemicals
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    ​The grass should be dry so as not to dilute the weed-killing solution when you apply it
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    ​Avoid applying in extreme weather conditions: wind, frost, direct sun, rain
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    ​A great time to apply the solution is early evening in warmer weather with no chance of rain overnight.

One such weed killer is RM43 Herbicide, which we have reviewed previously, so check that out if you're looking for a way to easily control weeds in your garden.

How to Mow Your Lawn the Right Way

The two key points to remember when considering when and how to cut your lawn, as recommended by Lawn Smith are:

  • Never cut off more than 1/3 the height of your grass at a time
  • Always cut your grass within 2 weeks of the previous cut

The simplest approach is to cut your lawn every week.

Mowing Heights

The shorter you cut the grass, the more work that is required to maintain it. An ideal height for a good-looking lawn which doesn't require too much maintenance is ¾ of an inch (2 cm). This height ensures there is plenty of grass leaf to absorb light for photosynthesis, the process which produces energy for the grass while keeping it looking good.

Cutting the grass very short will stunt its growth and reduce the grass root depth. This will result in your grass being more susceptible to weed growth and drought.

Top Tip

If you have a mower with a roller on the back, you can go over your cut grass a second time without the mower on. This will help push the grass down further to create a more enhanced stripe look.


A key point is to make sure you use an effective mower. If you want a good-looking lawn, a cheap lawn mower will not do a good job. If you buy a more expensive mower, it will last longer and produce a far superior cut. It's an investment which is worth making, as a good machine can last more than 10 years if it is maintained properly. If you're in the UK, I'd recommend reading some of the reviews on Garden Power Tools, too.

Creating a Striped Lawn Effect

A striped lawn is synonymous with a good lawn. It looks smart, professional and is very satisfying to look at. And it isn't just the pro lawn care experts at professional sports clubs that can achieve this look. You can, too!

Key Points to Note When Making Stripes:

  • You need a roller to bend the grass over after cutting, this creates the striped look
  • A cylinder mower is required, as a rotary mower won't cut the grass the right way
  • The grass must be long enough to be bent over 

Let's look at each point in a little more detail so you can follow in the footsteps of the pros:

#1 Using a Roller

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Many gas-powered mowers come with a roller in the back. This is essential for creating stripes. The roller will bend the grass over which gives it the striped look.

If you don't have a roller on your mower, you can buy stand alone rollers online or you can get a lawn-striping kit. A heavier roller should result in better stripes because the grass will stay bent over for longer.

 

#2 Use a Cylinder Mower

Cylinder Mower

A cylinder mower is often gas-powered and has a roller. It has a set of blades wrapped around in a cylinder shape and cuts the grass like a pair of scissors against a metal plate.

Cutting the grass in this way results in the blades being of the same height and having a very clean, crisp cut to them. This means that, when you roll them, they lay over uniformly to create the striped look.

Another common type of mower has a rotary blade, which cuts the grass using brute force in a big swinging action. This chops the grass with a ripping motion rather than a cut and is less than ideal for creating stripes. A rotary mower usually has a circular cutting motion and one or two large blades underneath.

#3 Grass Length

Grass which has been cut too short will not work for striping. A length of between ¾ and 2 inches works best, depending on the grass type. Try out different grass length heights to see what works best for your grass and you.

Top Tip

If you have a mower with a roller on the back, you can go over your cut grass a second time without the mower on. This will help push the grass down further to create a more enhanced stripe look.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has helped you to learn a little more about how to maintain a perfect lawn. One key point is to make sure you're consistent with mowing the lawn. A little and often approach works best; so, regular cutting, weeding, and maintenance will yield the most rewarding results.

Another top tip is to try new ways of doing things. If you have never played around with your grass cutting length, try that out.Using a different height will change how your grass looks, how often you need to cut it and how well it grows. If you're looking for ways to save money on your lawn care, check out this post we wrote!

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