We all have that neighbor. The one whose yard looks like a meadow, and not a well kept one. Their grass is brown and dry, and there are a number of weeds and wild plants, growing without abandon. Sometimes they will throw in rusty farm equipment, broken toys, and a few mismatched patio chairs, just to add that one final touch to their lawn that says, “I really, truly do not care.” Lawn care can be simple, and inexpensive. You do not have to be that neighbor. Here are some tips to keep your lawn healthy and green.
There is Such a Thing as Too Much
Of course, your lawn is going to go to waste if you do nothing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, doing too much can discolor, dry out, or kill grass. Once you plant good grass seed, let it grow. Avoid cutting your lawn too much. Keep grass at a length of one to three inches, and your grass will grow up healthy and bright green. The same length will help keep nasty weeds in check. By the same token, you should avoid watering grass too often. Too much water will stunt healthy lawn growth.
Keep Good Things In, and The Bad Out
That may seem like fairly straightforward advice. Now that you are cutting and watering your grass, but not too much, you also have to keep in mind what it does and does not need. Lawns with high oxygen soil will flourish, and you can make sure oxygen stays in your soil by getting your lawn aerated at the beginning of each spring.
On the opposite side of the equation, 29 out of 44 people test positive for common pesticides according to a study by the CDC. Whenever and wherever possible, avoid using pesticides when planting lawn seed or grass seeds.
Using grass seed and keeping your lawn healthy can be as easy as knowing when to leave it alone, introducing oxygen and other essential nutrients into your soil, and limiting pesticide use. Your lawn will look great, and Seattle Public Utilities reports that homes using just enough water and avoiding mowing too much will save at least 75 dollars per year.