Lawncare can be an easily overlooked need of any property for a number of reasons. This can happen by an owner or tenant not having a green thumb, being time poor, believing the house is the only important aspect of the property, or the yard being “too far gone” to fix up and get healthy again. The lawn is an important part of the property as it is one of the first things potential buyers, tenants and passers-by see. This blog will explain some easy ways you can improve your lawn and maintain it to keep it looking great!
Benefits of looking after your lawn
There are several benefits to keeping your lawn healthy. As I mentioned, it’s one of the first things people notice about a property – no matter who you’re trying to attract (buyer, tenant etc). Along with this, you will notice having a healthy lawn will:
- increase populations of beneficial insects
- provide a great area to utilise for recreational activities and for kids and pets
- need less maintenance once the lawn is back to a healthy state
- improve the overall look of the home and property
There is also a lot of pride that comes with bringing your lawn back from an unhealthy state and a want to keep it healthy once the hard work is done! Think of the bragging rights you’ll have with your lawn looking green, lush and manicured!
How to start looking after your lawn
First things first – you need to assess your lawn and figure out what is causing it to be unhealthy.
An unhealthy lawn can be caused by a number of things such as:
- excessive animal and/or person traffic on the area where the lawn should be
- vehicle/s driving on the grassed areas
- lawn insects such as grubs and mites
- unwanted variants of grass such as nut grass invading your once healthy lawn
- bindii invasion
- outdoor heat and long days of direct sunlight in the warmer months
The best way to figure this out is to do some research on what type of turf or grass seed you have as the primary cover for your yard, from here you can begin to distinguish what is healthy grass and what is weed or unwanted grass variant. Take a close look at your lawn – is it different colours in certain areas? Completely bare in some areas despite attempts to grow grass there? Established but brown with no signs of greening up no matter how many times you water it? This information will all help to get you started on knowing what to do to get your lawn healthy again.
If you need help figuring out what’s causing the problems you can also approach a lawncare contractor, or employee at a garden centre with photos and a description of what seems to be the issue. This will help you develop a plan to bring your lawn back to life and help the people you approach guide you as to what products you need.
Tips for successful lawncare
A basic action plan to get your lawn looking great again would consist of the following:
- Establish what is going wrong with your lawn
- Do research and seek advice on the issues your lawn is having
- Buy the appropriate products you need to fix your lawn
- Put the work in to allow your lawn to become healthy again by using products such as weed killer, grub/unwanted insect deterrent and frequent watering
- Maintain care of the yard based on its needs consistently
It’s important that once you have a clear plan to revive your lawn, you keep up with the ongoing maintenance to keep it that way. Frequent mowing, whipper snipping and weeding all help towards your lawn thriving. Use products as needed and as advised to aid your lawn. If you’re going to put in the hard work to start off with, you will likely have a desire to keep it growing healthy and looking great!
What to do if you can’t seem to fix your lawn
There are occasions where your lawn will require a bit more than what you’re able to do on your own to fix it. These circumstances are common when a lawn has not been cared for over a number of years and can really thwart your efforts to bring it back to life.
Things such as these will need a lot more work initially:
- Extreme dehydration due to not being watered
- Your lawn can become dormant if it’s extremely dehydrated. This means it’s not completely dead, but it will need a bit more than frequent watering to get it growing again. Try mixing a wetting agent or seaweed concentrate with your water. You can buy bottles with an attachment for your hose to go on to make it easier.
- Bindii invasion
- Bindii’s are hard to remove once they are allowed to seed. They seed extremely fast and can quickly become out of control in your yard. If your bindii invasion is only mild, you may be able to get away with liquid treatments, however if it is advanced unfortunately in some circumstances the yard cannot be salvaged and will require a complete clear of the current grass using an excavator, topsoil and new turf lay.
- Long timeframes in between mowing and snipping
- Leaving the grass too long for extended periods of time can block the sunlight and water from reaching the soil and roots of the grass. It’s important to keep to a regular mowing schedule. If you have a busy work and family schedule, you may need to enlist the help of a lawn contractor.
- Lawn grub invasion
- Your lawn can become infested with lawn grubs – this is more common than you think! Grubs live under the surface of the soil, and they feed on the grass roots. This causes sections of the grass to die off. Lawn grubs are most common in the summer months. You can buy lawn grub repellent from Bunnings. It will take a couple of applications and keeping a close eye on your lawn to stay on top of them.
Lawncare is a great habit to get into particularly if you want to improve the overall appearance of your property. It can be frustrating when you’re doing all you know how to do to get the lawn looking great, but nothing seems to be working! Becoming educated on common lawn issues and assessing the needs of your lawn is your first step to improving your yard.
So, what are you waiting for?! Take the first steps to getting your lawn looking fabulous today and become the neighbour and friend that has the lawn everyone envies!