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How to maintain a Green, Healthy Lawn

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A beautiful, green, healthy looking lawn is always the centre of any well maintained garden. We see newspapers and magazines showing pictures of the perfect garden and every single one does not have brown, dying, dull, dry grass. Green grass requires a lot of attention and TLC.

So how is it that people end up with the most beautiful looking healthy grass? Well the answers can be found in this article.

The first thing that promotes grass growth is regularly cutting it. Remember that keeping the grass tall will promote its health, so ensure that the blades are set at a setting that will not cut the grass too short.

Secondly, you want to ensure that if you stop regularly fertilising your lawn if that is what you do. Although applying a lot of fertiliser to lawns will promote the growth of grass, it is not going to keep your lawn healthy for long. Fertiliser makes your plants more prone to being diseased by insects and bacteria, so cut back on the fertilising. Once a year is best. It is recommended that you do this during the autumn season, where it is not too cold and not too hot. It will also prepare your lawn for the winter.

The type of fertiliser you use will also affect the growth and health of your grass. Fertiliser contains three main ingredients: phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. The three elements are always given in this order. The ratio of these elements should be 10:6:4 meaning that the fertiliser contains 10% nitrogen, 6% phosphorus and 4% potassium. This is the perfect combination of elements and will be the best fertiliser to use.

Fungicides and pesticides get rid of all microbes that are found in the soil or on the plants. The downside to this is that even the desirable microbes end up getting killed. These are like friendly bacteria that are found in your gut. Grass is kept healthy due to the healthy microbes and creatures that aerate the soil and keep it nutrient rich.

Watering your lawn regularly will also promote growth and grass health. When watering your lawn, focus on duration rather than frequency. In simpler terms, watering your lawn for an hour every week will be a lot better than watering your lawn for ten minutes every day. This allows water to travel deep down and really get into the soil, which needs to be moist.

If you live in a country or an area where acid rain is common, using liquid lime can help to stop your grass from becoming damaged because of it. Liquid lime can counteract the acid rain, thus neutralising the soil. Liquid lime can be purchased relatively cheaply from nearly everywhere. All you need to do is sprinkle a small amount of the liquid lime all over the lawn. The good thing about doing this is that you do not require to do it regularly. Once or twice a year is perfect.

The above steps should ensure that your lawn remains healthy and attractive. Remember that it is ok for your grass to go a little brown during the autumn and winter months since it will be colder and there will be less sunshine. As long as you follow the above steps, your grass will be healthy and will return back to its original green colour in the spring.

Should you wish to, you can take extra precautionary steps to prepare your lawn for the winter. This way your lawn will not suffer too much during the cold seasons.

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