The first time you look at a house, you’ll look at its lawn. Although this part of your home seems like embellishment to the main building, it is actually more important than just that. Your lawn affects the curb appeal of your house. And if you don’t know what ‘curb appeal’ is, it is the aesthetic impression your home has when seen from across the street. And you don’t have to be an artistic person to realize how serious it is to maintain a good curb appeal. As a pragmatic person, you should know that the less appealing your house is, the lower its value in the market.
Now, let’s learn what the basics of lawn maintenance are.
Check the Drainage
No one wants to walk in a lawn with puddle waters. In fact, if you don’t fix the problem soon, your grass and plants will die sooner or later. The soil in your lawn will be damaged too. And in the worst-case scenario, you may have some soft lumps start growing here in there. And guess what, they are all filled with water!
The popular drainage systems for lawns are French drain, dry well, and corrugated tubes. If you have these planted drain systems, you’ll definitely have to check their condition once in a while, especially the pipework. For one cause or another, pipes may get holes in them, then dirt starts to accumulate in the inside part, and the clogging happens.
As soon as you notice there is standing water in your lawn, you have to check the pipework in the drainage. If you spot any defects, don’t think twice about replacing the pipes.
Aerate the Soil
After heavy rain, the soil in your lawn may get over compacted. Consequently, that lack of pores prevents your grass’ roots from growing and getting all the nutrients it needs. Therefore, too much water pouring on the soil is actually not an ideal condition for any plants to grow lushly.
The solution to this problem is to aerate the soil with an aerator. This machine loosens compacted soil, allows more air and water to infiltrate the soil, and breaks down thatches.
Overseeding is a technique of planting grass seeds while there is still adult grass of different species on the soil. It can result in a green, thick, and lush lawn. Overseeding becomes vital if you live in a four-season area because the warm season grasses will start to wither once the temperature becomes cooler. And if you are late to overseed, you won’t get the desired look. It will be just another thin grass growing on your lawn.