Why Lawn Care is So Important?
Having a nicely-kept lawn isn’t simple an expression of vanity; in fact, the benefits from keeping a healthy lawn go well beyond it just looking good, to the extent where your outdoor space can become your own personal haven. Often, it doesn’t take large numbers of backbreaking hours to create a beautiful garden that you can be proud of.
Benefits of Keeping Your Lawn in Good Condition
Maintaining a healthy lawn isn’t just a chore that comes with owning a house. Instead, a garden can become a valuable part of your home that you will want to spend time enjoying. The benefits of keeping your lawn in good condition are huge.
It is no secret that humans need oxygen to survive, and a lawn is the perfect source for plentiful air that all can enjoy. A decent sized garden becomes the perfect oxygen factory, as it absorbs the carbon dioxide and traps other pollutants in the atmosphere whilst producing oxygen. Some estimates suggest that a 50ft2 garden can produce enough clean oxygen for a family of four every day.
The Outdoor Room
A well-maintained lawn allows us to make use of the “outdoor room”. The garden becomes a place we will want to spend our time, be that playing outside with our children or hosting a garden party. Lawns are the perfect surface for outdoor activities - they look great and they are surprisingly durable.
Studies have shown that regular access to a well-kept lawn helps significantly with stress relief, as well as improving our overall moods. Having a private outdoor oasis that you can relax in can therefore provide the perfect escape from our fast-paced and stressful lives. It has also been suggested that gardening benefits our mental health, as it is a way of calming the mind.
It may sound surprising, but having a healthy lawn can help reduce noise pollution. The soft grass plants can reduce noise by up to 10 decibels, especially in urban areas. The difference in sound reduction in urban areas in comparison to concrete can be huge!
Believe it or not, having a well-kept garden with a lawn is the key to a higher house price. Not only will it improve the overall value of the property, but it will also have a knock-on effect on the neighbourhood if others follow your lead. Some estimates have shown that a well-maintained garden can add as much as 20% to your property value.
What Care is Needed?
To get the best from your lawn, you need to provide all year round care. Having a lawn that looks the part 365 days out of the year doesn’t take that much knowledge or hard work, but it still needs to be taken care of.
Here are some key jobs you will need to undertake to get your lawn in perfect condition all year round.
The traditional British weather isn’t always enough to keep your garden well-fed throughout the year, so sometimes you will need to give it a helping hand. There is, however, a delicate balance to watering your garden, as too little or too much water can have the opposite effect to what you are aiming for.
As a rule of thumb, your lawn should have moisture at roughly two inches from the surface. If your lawn has any less than that, it may struggle to get the moisture it requires at a deep enough level. If you have any more than that, it may be a waste, as often grass roots do not penetrate much deeper than two inches.
Depending on the time of year, you may need to water your lawn as often as once a week.
You should ideally look to water your garden early in the morning, if possible. At this time, the lawn is nice and cool, as the sun hasn’t fully risen so the water won’t evapourate away before it can penetrate the soil. Watering at night just invites pests and fungus that you don’t want in your garden.
If your lawn isn’t looking its best, it may need some new seeds to fill in the tired and patchy areas. Luckily, this isn’t a complicated process but some pre-planning will be required. You will need to plant your new seeds either in early spring or early autumn when the soil is cooler. If the soil is less than 6-8 degrees Celsius, the seeds will struggle to geminate. Likewise, if the soil is too hot, they will dry out and die before you really get the most out of them.
You will then need to pick the right grass seed for your lawn and prepare your lawn for sowing. It is important to prepare your soil beforehand by removing any stones or debris and raking in a granular fertiliser to prepare for the new seeds.
Avoiding Lawn Diseases
This will be the biggest threat to your outdoor paradise as lawn disease is something that affects a large proportion of gardens in the UK, especially in the summer months.
The most common lawn disease is fungus; this can usually be treated easily but, as with other diseases, an early diagnosis is key to ensuring it doesn’t spread and ruin the rest of your lawn. There are three common types of lawn disease that you can find in the UK: Fusarium, Leaf Spot and Red Thread).
To avoid lawn disease, you will need to make sure not to over-water your lawn, as lawns that are wet for lengthy periods of time help most lawn disease. You will also need to make sure not to cut your grass too low; as a general rule you should never try to cut more than a third of the height in one go.
Get Your Timing Right
Not all lawn care tips will be applicable throughout the year. To really keep your lawn in the perfect condition throughout the year, you will need to understand how the different seasons can affect your garden. For instance, you would be looking to cut your grass frequently in the summer months, however in late autumn you will be preparing for the winter months by aerating the lawn with a garden fork.