A green lawn that is well-manicured and has healthy-looking grass adds a lot of appeal to your home. Depending on what amount of space you own, you can have a simple lawn or a landscaped front garden the lawn acting as a canvas for it. This particular article will discuss building and maintaining a lawn that is disease and pest free. The same ideas will be useful in creating a front garden, a large part of which is a nice green grassland.
Possibly, the most important decision to make is choosing a grass type. Your local weather and how tolerant the grass is to traffic will determine what type will work best. Main two categories of the grass to choose from are cool season and warm season types. Then you pick a sturdy or not so sturdy type depending on what amount of foot traffic you anticipate over your lawn. With footpath built of concrete or gravel, or some other means defining the path leading to your home, people actually walking over the turf could be minimized easily.
Some cool-season grass types are Kentucky bluegrass, rough bluegrass, tall fescue, Canada bluegrass, creeping Bent-grass, Perennial Rye-grass and Wheat-grass. Among these Kentucky bluegrass, perennial Rye-grass and Tall Fescue also are heat resistant to a large extent. All of these types are quite tolerant of traffic. Similarly warm season grass types available include Centipede-grass, Bermuda-grass, Zoysia-grass, St. Augustine-grass, Bahia-grass, Buffalo-grass and Blue Grama-grass. Among these Blue Grama-grass, Zoysia-grass and Buffalo-grass can tolerate cold. The types that are traffic resistant include Bermuda-grass, Zoysia-grass, St. Augustine-grass, Bahia-grass and Bermuda-grass.
Watering the lawn is an essential activity to help the grass grow well and remain healthy. It is essential that the water seeps through the ground quickly, and the lawn is dry most of the day. Thus, a good time to water the lawn is usually the morning time. The sunrays during the day will keep your lawn dry. If your lawn is in a shaded area or does not get sunlight most part of the day, you will need to regulate watering carefully. Wet leaves and other material can rot quickly due to the moisture and can invite insects and diseases easily.
You will need to find out about what fertilizers can be applied and what would be the schedule. Suppliers usually are a good source of information on these. The essential need is to get enough nitrogen into the soil so that growth is healthy. The beauty of a lawn is hinged on the length of the grass. Too long grass makes your lawn unkempt while mowing the turf too close does not look good either. Thus, a 3 to 3.5 inch long grass on the lawn is the recommended length, and your mowing schedule should be governed by that.