Homeowner How-To's: Lawn Care Basics

By Home Bay

Posted on December 26th, 2016

Are you worried about the grass being greener on the other side… of the street? Trying to avoid lawn scrutiny from the neighbors? Struggling to figure out the best way to maintain your lush landscape? Read on for a simple beginners guide on how to maintain a green, healthy lawn all year round.


Start with a Soil Test:

Great soil is the key to green grass and healthy plant growth. A soil test is a great way to find out the composition of your property’s soil and to determine what steps, if any, should be taken to improve the health of your lawn. You can buy soil test kits at your local home improvement store or you can bring in a landscaper to do a professional test.

Visit a Plant Nursery:

Knowing what plants you have on your property and how to take care of them is critical. If there are any plants you’re unfamiliar with, take photos and go to your local plant nursery to get an expert evaluation. Their staff can provide advice on how to properly care for your plants throughout the year. For example, some shrubs and bushes may need to be pruned back to ensure healthy growth, whereas others may not need any pruning at all.

Aerate Annually:

Aeration is a process that breaks up the soil and helps oxygen penetrate and circulate better. This, in turn, is good for the health of the soil and any plants growing in it. Make sure new homeowners know to aerate the soil at least once a year; you can either buy your own manual aerator or rent one from a local home improvement store.

Seed and Fertilize:

Regular seeding and fertilizing is a must for maintaining a lush, green yard. Typically, lawn fertilizer should be laid down using a manual spreader at least once (and ideally twice) a year. This will help improve the health of the lawn. Grass seed should also be applied as needed on bare spots.

Invest in a Sprinkler:

If your home doesn’t already have a sprinkler system in place, it may be worth considering investing in one – especially during warm and dry months of the year. Installing a quality sprinkler that connects to an exterior hose can make the process of watering a lawn easier. Just make sure you know how much water your plants need to survive – some may still need manual watering to keep them healthy and growing.

These simple lawn care tips are a must-follow for beginners, and they will help to keep any lawn looking its best throughout the entire year.

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