Everybody likes the beauty
of nature and lawns are also a part of nature. Growing a lawn is also getting popular
with gardening in these days. People love their lawns, and spend lots of money to
keep them natural and beautiful. Lawn management can be easier as well as difficult.
It depends on its location, weather and temperature, grass types and knowledge
about lawn management. Lawn managementm however, greatly depends on the type of grass.
Making your lawn healthier and easier to manage, here are some tips.
Major concern topics for lawn management.
- Choosing grass varieties
- Soil types for lawn
- Level of land
- Mowing lawn
- Taking care of lawn
(Next: Detail on these topics)
Bermuda (common or hybrid Bermuda) is the most popular type of grass for average
types of lawns and easy to take care too.
Day to day practice is the key to managing your lawn rather than reading
Mowing the height of lawn grass is important. Whether your lawn grass is Bermuda,
St. Augustine, Zoysia, or others, never remove more than 1/3 of the height of the
grass blades at one time.
Mow shaded lawns ½ to 1" higher than lawns in full sun.
Leave the clippings on the lawn after mowing. Clippings decompose and add nitrogen
to the lawn. This way, you can reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer needed
for the lawn.
Always be sure that your mower blades are sharp in order to reduce risks of disease.
Mowing will often help reduce weed growth by eliminating the seed heads
before they form.
Weed and Disease
With cool, wet weather, fungi have become a major problem. Brown patch
causes circular patches of light brown, making grass thin in an areas from a
few inches to several feet in diameter. They favor temperatures from 20-30 C.,
which occur mostly in late spring, early fall, or in summer. The disease stops when air
temperature reaches 30 C.
You can prevent this disease by using minimum amounts of nitrogen
when fertilizing. Water the lawn well, so that moisture is present on the grass
for the shortest possible time. Increase aeration in poorly drained soils. If chemicals are needed,
use (PCNB) known as Terraclor or (Myclobutinil) known as Immunox or F-Stop.
Herbicides for weeds, pesticides for insects, and fungicides for diseases can be
selective to particular weeds, insects or diseases. Before using any chemicals, be
sure to identify the weed, disease or insect so that you will know the correct
product to use. Whenever possible, use organic products or biological controls
first. Know the square footage of your lawn. All products are applied according
to area of the lawn, and knowing the square footage prevents over application.
Always use caution when using herbicides. Herbicides for lawn grass can cause
damage to ornamental plants. Always read and follow label directions.
Next: Using fertilizer for a lawn.