There are numerous reasons behind the death of landscapes. Some of the most common ones include extreme temperature conditions, stagnant water, high foot traffic, and drought. To revive your lawn, you need to reseed it again. Once restored, you should undertake regular maintenance. To prevent a recurring situation, ensure that you water the grass and mow it down constantly. Eventually, grass will grow and withstand dry weather conditions. Pulling out weeds also helps in preventing them from competing with your grass and depriving it of nutrients. A pest attack can wipe out your garden. Consider using pesticides to keep insects at bay.
This about sums up all you need to know about lawn care. Well, if you think so, you are dead wrong. Caring for landscapes is not a one-day affair. It requires commitment and patience. Nonetheless, with the help of the tips below, you can have your landscape looking as good as a golf course in a few months time.
Have your soil tested
This may sound ridiculous, but your soil could be infected. In case you never knew, soils have diseases. Moreover, the nutrient content in your landscape could be depleted. You can tell whether there is a problem with your soil if every time you try and plant a new patch of grass it keeps drying up. Get the nightmare out of your mind by taking a soil sample for testing at your local agricultural extension office. From the test results, you will get expert advice on the type of manure to buy plus a host of other ways to improve soil quality.
Dig up the patch
Sometimes lawns get exhausted owing to doing the same old things year in year out. Make a plan to revamp the entire yard and start afresh. Dig up the lawn and remove weeds, previous grass cover. Digging has other benefits too. It helps turn and aerate the soil. Poorly aerated soil cannot hold moisture properly. Alternatively, hire an aerator for the task. The equipment plugs holes in the ground that allow proper drainage of water.
After digging up, add some fertilizer to rejuvenate the landscape’s nutrient content. Compost heap manure is usually the best choice. Inquire around the neighborhood or buy some from landscaping firms within your locality. Ensure that you have spread the manure evenly and that you have covered all areas. If you like, you can mix it up with the soil. With the task done, the next thing is to level the yard using a garden rake. Raking also helps by pulling dead grass and other debris to the surface. If the manual task appears to pose a challenge, you can rent a power rake.
Seed the lawn
By now, your landscape is ready for planting. On the previous day before planting, water the garden to keep it wet. Perhaps you could do this the night before planting day. The best time of the year for reseeding is during spring, but you can also do it in the fall. Ensure that you spread your grass seeds evenly to cover the entire lawn.
Water your yard
The seed in the ground requires moist conditions for it to germinate. Use a water sprinkler but remember to keep changing its location at set intervals. There are no specific timings for relocating your sprinkler. From observation, you can tell when the selected spot has had enough water.
Hire professional landscapers
As you have seen above, reviving a dead landscape involves hard work. You might not have ample time to do all these things. To save you the trouble, hire landscapers. These professionals have the tools and manpower needed for the job. Call a few landscaping companies before deciding on the one that best meets your requirements. At the same time, work on a budget and share the same with the prospective landscaping expert.
A nice-looking lawn adds to the curb appeal of your home. It provides the right environment for you to relax when you are not at work. Take care of your lawn and do not neglect it again.