Month: October 2017

City Lawn Care

It is easy to get tired with the constant sea of grey around, and sowing a tiny patch of green is really simple! Anyone can achieve a beautiful and healthy lawn in a city by following some simple guidelines.

The total water the lawn must receive in a week is 2.5 cm. This includes rains, and therefore, the amount of water provided to them must be regulated according to the amount of rains in the season. Moreover, the grass must be prepared for summer by “stressing” it out during spring. Letting it go for a week or two with no water will help the grass grow longer roots in preparation for the hot, dry summer.

It is best to restrict to watering the grass around once a week. Too much watering may weaken the grass, and make it more prone to drought and stress. In order to find the right amount of water to provide, a rain gauge may be used. Moreover, the best time to water a lawn is from 6am to 8am, when evaporation losses are minimal.

Mowing is the next key lawn maintenance activity. Different types of grass have different lengths up to which they must be mowed. It is important to remember, as a rule of thumb, not to mow more than one-thirds of the grass blade. Mowing high strengthens the roots and gives the grass better protection against drought and pests.

The grass must be mowed less frequently in summer and dry months, and it is better to mow late in the day so that morning dew does not get mowed. The mowed grass clippings contain eighty percent of water, and make an invaluable addition to compost, as they decompose very easily.

Lawns require nitrogenous soil in order to grow healthy. Most chemical fertilizers contain nitrogen in soluble forms, which may wash off during rains and irrigation. Therefore, natural fertilizers make a good alternative, as they contain insoluble sources of nitrogen. Insoluble sources of nitrogen also mean that it gets released into the soil slowly, and this ensures that the lawn stays fertilized all year long, and reduces the risk of over-fertilizing. It is ideal to fertilize once a year, and the best season to do so is in the fall. Adding organic material like compost to the top soil is a great way to keep the nutrients replenished.

Dethatching is another great way to ensure a healthier lawn. Thatch is the tough dead organic matter that lies between the grass and the soil. This must be removed when it grows beyond a point. The thatch may be home to insects and pests, and may also prevent water and nutrients from reaching the soil. Aeration is another way to reduce thatch. It involves removing plugs from the soil and allows for water and nutrients to seep in.

Thus, with some simple pointers and guidelines, it is not difficult to become a city farmer. In the world of concrete jungles and factory smoke, every piece of vegetation has its own welcome space.