Lawns can either be really easy, or really hard. It’s like a high-maintenance beard whose appearance has to be kept up at all times lest society go against you. In the world of lawn care though, doing some do it yourself lawn care can seem like a hassle. Where do you even start? Perhaps your neighborhood has been pressuring you to get rid of a few brown patches in your lawn, or you’re trying to ease the burden of caring for your lawn. Here are a few DIY lawn care tips to make caring for your lawn just a little easier.
Type of Grass
It’s not a huge mystery there are different types of grass. In Florida, where it’s hot and humid, many people prefer the St. Augustine grass variety due to the area. What, did you think all blades of grass were created equal or something?
If you’re unaware of the type of grass in your yard, starting out fresh may just be the option for you. Look up how to treat your grass well, and easy ways to keep it healthy. Choosing a grass that thrives in the area you live in may also help. Knowing the type of grass out on your front lawn can also help you to establish a regular watering schedule, fertilizer, and types of seed good for your grass.
Getting Grass to Grow in Shady Areas
Shady areas can be just about a huge bald spot on your front lawn. The majority of grasses do require at the minimum of four hours of sunlight a day. Go for a seed mix that thrives in the shade such as St. Augustine. Not only does it thrive in shady areas, but it grows very well too. Grass that grows in shady areas is also a great way to cut down on the maintenance when it comes to lawn care since you don’t need to worry about the grass being watered all the time.
Planting New Grass
Let’s say the new grass is all picked out and ready to go. How in the world do you even begin to plant the grass? First, loosen up the top soil with a dirt rake. This will give your grass seeds air, and allow them to establish themselves in the soil. In every tilled area be sure to spread the grass seeds evenly. Next, only cover the seeds with a light layer of the soil. You want the grass seeds to be able to germinate and grow without dying before they even sprout.
After all that is done, be sure to water the grass properly. Seeds do need to be kept moist for the new grass to sprout promptly. Be careful not to overwater or else the seeds will begin to drown. If the grass seeds are not watered enough, they will just dry up and die instead.