When it comes to a lawn many people struggle to take long term care of their turf and keep it at 100% capacity. A lot home owners aren’t clued up about what it takes to maintain their lawn and how certain activities boost the overall health of the turf. Grass is a type of vegetation consisting of short blades with long narrow leaves and can grow wild on pasture and lawn areas. There are many types of grass and this will in turn enable the owner to figure out how they should manage their turf, what products and chemicals they should and shouldn’t use and how often they should dethatch. People have used grass for a very long time and has been part of human consumption for as long as we know. Think of corn, wheat, rice and common grain to make beer. Imagine living without beer.
Lawns are an area of soil covered in land and planted with grass seed and other durable plants to help maintain and keep the soil prosperous. Currently it is primarily used as a cosmetic feature, bringing life to people’s property and boosting the value of a house. Lawns were an invention by the upper class of the Europeans wanting to bring fauna and glades a little closer to their homes. Eventually it moved to areas of farm and cropped grass areas with the help of sheep to maintain the area. Europe has a mild and moist climate and it was ideal for pasture growth.
How does grass grow
In terms of growth, it is essential to know the different types of grasses and this is crucial to managing your property. To maximise grass growth and yield it pays to understand what grass type you have and when is a good time to maintain your turf. The first step in understanding different types of grass, is knowing what turf your category fits in. Different types of grasses have perennial life cycles, are either tall or short, are jointed or non-jointed in their growth, grow better in warm or cold clients and some grass just does its own thing. Before starting a new seed patch, you must make sure that you have the correct seed. Generally, we advise people to get a general-purpose garden seen containing perennial ryegrass. Aspects that owners need to consider are drainage, any sort of gradient, and what activities are taking place on the lawn. If there is soil that needs preparing make sure to look at removing any old grass patches to keep optimal growth and quality on your grass. Keeping all the grass seedlings well-watered and fed will determine the growth rate and highlight any areas that need attention. We recommend that if you are getting weeds or unwanted growth in areas, to wait till the 5th anywhere up until the 10th mow to start adding weedkillers. Waiting until the grass has grown to a height of 2 – 3 inches will keep your lawn looking great.
How does grass spread?
There are only a few species of grass that is used for lawn areas and there are a few things to think about when trying to spread your grass. While some grass can spread by itself, commercial lawn seed needs to be reseeded in order for it to spread. It doesn’t grow the same way through its root system. Because most people mow their lawns too short, your grass needs to be at least 2 inches for it to be optimal. Peoples lawn if mowed too often wont produce seeds and empty spots will become noticeable if the grass around it is taller. Once you have reached optimal level of growth on your grass, mowing the lawn can do wonders for your green plot. However, grass spread depends entirely on what kind of grass you have and what sort of climate it grows in.
Some property owners who have desirable lawns only need reseed when their lawns have taken a beating or there has been some damage. If you have empty spots in your lawn make sure to fill them with mulch, spread some seeds through it, so there is enough room for the grass to grow and birds don’t get to it. You’ll find that any spread of your lawn will have covered any empty patches.
How does grass get its food?
Grass gets its food through a process of photosynthesis, like most plants. This happens when the grass turns the sunlight into carbon dioxide and water into glucose. Unlike us animals, grass doesn’t have to hunt for its food, it is provided through the sun. If you have a patch of grass that doesn’t see the sun, think about ways you can mitigate any damage that might occur. Grass gets its green colour through chlorophyll which is a pigmant found in plants, algae and cyanobacteria. Chlorophyll absorbs mostly blue giving grass its intense green colour.
Depending on the type of lawn you have, it takes care and diligence when selecting products to feed your lawn. It goes to show that grass does benefit from feeding and watering. Without the access to sunlight and food, your grass could turn pale and thin out. If you are looking at dethatching and are wanting to feed your grass through the spring, this is probably the most optimal time to add these chemicals. You can use eco-friendly weedkiller to remove any unwanted moss or build up, then you can proceed to feeding your plants. This will help you keep your grass looking healthy, green and well patched.
Does cutting your grass help it spread?
The short answer is, its pretty complicated. Cutting your grass will allow any dead grass blades to be removed and promote the growth of healthy lawns. Cutting will let the grass grow in the short term, however as a property owner you need to make sure you have means to maintain your lawn. In a newly mowed lawn, it can look trim and uniform, however it can be deceiving. Depending on how the grass seed was laid out, the blades of the grass may be very close together. This will promote a bunch like growth habitat and promote healthy grass. As the grasses continue to grow, some will be more vigorous than others, growing taller and wider. Lawns are a very peculiar and popular land scaping choice. If you live in an area where there are water restrictions it may pay to have a look at some alternative grass seeds that you can plant in a drier climate.
If you aren’t cutting your grass nature will take over and turn it back into the jungle that it was meant to be! The suburban lawn takes a lot of energy and resources to keep lush and green but what happens when you stop mowing your lawn? It will continue to grow until it chokes itself or given the chance will produce a layer of thatch and ruin the underlying growth. Weeds will start to take over, germinate and begin to grow.
Lawn care growth and tips
- Keeping your turf attractive and prosperous isn’t a hard task. You can help maintain your lawn weekly depending on the size of the lawn.
- Getting rid of as much grass and weed area as possible. Cutting down on the grass areas will overall make maintenance easier.
- Try to use organic fertilizers. If you moved into a home where the lawn is perfect or you slowly need to grass off an area, don’t bother using commercial grade chemicals unnecessarily.
- Raise the height on your lawn mower
- Perhaps get a heavy duty dethatcher. If you don’t need a full mechanical one you can grab a lighter weight dethatcher or a manual one that you can either attach to a hedge or weed trimmer
- Go native in your area and use native plants and grass seed
- Teach your kids how to maintain the lawn and let them grow their own garden
- Always water your grass if its in a large area or if it isn’t receiving ample amounts of water
- Identify any pests or unwanted growth in the area and promptly remove or fix these areas
- Fertilizing adds nutrients to the soil so that the soil can provide nutrients to the grass. If you mow regularly, your grass will grow very quickly
- Think about aerating while you dethatch as your grass may be lacking oxygen
- Get yourself some high-quality lawn mowing tools and tacking your yard
- Hire a professional to maintain your lawn regularly
- Reseed areas that need to be reseeded. This can be observed by checking the colour and texture of the grass
- Avoid scalping your lawn, which is the process of cutting the grass too short. If you do so, the turf becomes sparse and weak, resulting in exposed soil that is the best place for the growth of weeds