Everyone loves a green, gorgeous lawn. Once spring rolls around, we’re all ready to spend some time outside, and a plush yard is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you have a green thumb, keeping your grass thick and green might not be difficult. But if you don’t have much expertise, here are some tips for keeping your landscape beautiful.
Keep it Natural
Stick with plants that were meant to grow in your climate. Mother Nature breeds very selectively, cultivating flowers, trees, and other plants to grow in specific areas. You can mimic these conditions if you have the right tools, but upkeep is much easier if you stick to what will grow naturally where you are.
Plants that are meant to grow in your specific location will thrive better than anything else. They’ve adapted and evolved over centuries to live in their natural habitat. If you’re not sure what will work best, speak to an expert at your local garden center.
Repurpose Lawn Debris
Compost is a great way to fertilize your garden naturally. Many gardeners use compost as mulch, too. Compost is decomposed plant material. While it takes some practice to get right, all you really need to know is what it’s made of.
Compost has five components. These include carbon-dense materials (browns), nitrogen-dense materials (greens), microscopic organisms, air, and moisture. The carbon and nitrogen components are the hardest to get right, followed closely by the moisture.
It’s typically best to create a formula comprised of three parts brown, one part green, and one part moisture. It’s more difficult to measure the air and microscopic organism levels, but you can estimate it based on how fast you want it to cook.
You can get your browns from cardboard, paper, twigs, dead leaves, or dryer lint. Greens come from recently living things like grass, hedge trimmings, coffee grounds, or vegetable scraps. Do not add pet or human waste, but you can use hair in small amounts. It counts as a brown.
Air keeps your compost from smelling. Bacteria and microscopic organisms thrive in high-oxygen environments and won’t produce as many stinky byproducts. Make sure you incorporate air in your compost by turning your compost pile regularly. You can do it every day if you like, but make sure you do it at least once a week.
Add just enough moisture to your compost so that it barely soaks into each section. Spray your pile when it starts to look dry. You want it to be moist, but not soggy, and certainly not dry. Once the compost pile has cooked enough that you can’t discern eggshells or lettuce leaves, it’s ready.
Use it at the base of your plants or steep it in water and water your plants with the resulting beverage. You may also choose to mix it into beds or containers when you transplant your flowers to other parts of your garden.
Reduce Your Chemical Footprint
Don’t use commercially available fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides in your garden. These are some of the most dangerous substances for our environment. Mother Nature makes provisions for any of the things your plants need.
There are homemade recipes for any weed control or plant health, and you don’t need to contaminate your groundwater to do it. Use things like compost, marigolds, or mint to repel pests like mosquitos and flies, or use vinegar to kill weeds.
As always, irrigation is an essential part of your lawn’s health, and when used in conjunction with these other tips, you can have the best lawn on the block this year. Check out Sprinkler Warehouse for your irrigation health and sprinkler repair needs.