How to Maintain a Lawn

How to Maintain a Lawn

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The lawn is a primary feature for home ground development and an essential feature for any other type of garden, like a green carpet for a landscape. In a home garden, a good lawn improves the appearance of the house, enhances its beauty, increases convenience, and usefulness thus adding monetary value to the property. Additionally, lawns provides perfect settings for flower beds, borders, shrubbery, specimen trees or flowering shrubs.

Grass is one of the hardiest perennial herbs, making it relatively simpler to maintain a lawn with necessary care. A garden lover should do well to remember that 75% of the beauty of a garden depends on a properly maintained lawn. If a lawn is not properly maintained, its uses and aesthetics will be severely affected.


So, here's what you need to now about lawn maintenance


• Basics of Lawn Maintenance: What To Know

1. Weeding the lawn

One of the most important aspects of maintenance is the control of weeds. Without close attention or care a time will come when weeds will overcome the lawn grass, the soil will become sick, and the grass coarse. All weeds should be removed with the roots, and these should never be allowed to seed.  

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cutting out weeds

2. Rolling the Lawn

The objective of rolling is to help the grass anchor itself securely and also keep the surface levelled. In the light, sandy soil rolling after each weeding will be helpful. Rolling should be avoided when the soil is wet. Various types of lawn rollers are available in the market, you just have to know which one suits you and your garden best and make use of that. 

lawn rolling

3. Mowing the Lawn

Pruning of lawn grass i.e. mowing is another important operation. The frequency of mowing is determined by the amount of growth and will vary from season to season. But grass should not be allowed to grow more than 5-6 cm in length during any season. You need to obtain a good machine which will cut evenly at the correct height. 


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Lawn maintenance: Mowing the Lawn

4. Sweeping the Lawn

Sweeping the lawn thoroughly after each mowing session is essential to clean the cut grasses which might have fallen from the mower box. Sweeping is also done every morning to clean the fallen leaves and the other debris.

sweeping lawn leaves with lawn sweeper

5. Watering the Lawn

Frequent light irrigation is better than copious flooding after long intervals. In winters dew should be brushed into the grass by drawing the hosepipe over the grass before the dew evaporates.  Labour, as well as water, can be saved to a considerable extent if sprinkler irrigation is used. 

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Watering the lawn

6. Scraping and raking of lawn

The lower part of an old lawn may get matted and woody along with the formation of a hard crust. For such lawn, the grass is scraped at the ground level with the help of a sickle in months of April and may.

Scraping is followed by raking to break the crust. Where the condition of the lawn is good, hard and thorough raking is done both ways to loosen the old runners and to aerate the soil.


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Raking the lawn

7. Top Dressing the Lawn

After scraping and raking, compost consisting of good garden soil, coarse sand and cow manure in the proportion of 1: 2: 1 is spread over the lawn in depth of 3-5 cm. To cover such depth a 100 kg of compost per 100 sq. m. will be needed. This should be done right before the onset of monsoon.

Also Read: How to grow doob grass.

Top dressing a lawn with compost and manure