Are you excited about the arrival of warm weather? Is having a less than ideal lawn the worst part of the warm weather months? If you're like many people, it's not uncommon to have a lawn that is patchy, that refuses to grow properly, or otherwise has other issues that make it unacceptable to you. Sometimes, it may seem like grass will grow everywhere except for where you want it to be. While this sort of feeling isn't uncommon, there are steps that you can take that will help your lawn look more healthy and alive. Some of the most important things to do include:
Hire a professional: Maintaining a healthy lawn tends to be easier and less effort than coaxing a less than great lawn into growing. If the previous homeowners allowed the lawn to get into disrepair, your easiest option is going to be to hire a lawn care service to do all of the work. While you could handle most of the things yourself, the lawn care service employees are going to be highly knowledgeable about exactly what your lawn needs and doesn't need in order for it to become healthy and beautiful.
Get a soil test: If your lawn care service suggests that you need a soil test, this isn't just a ploy for them to get more money out of you. A soil test will allow you to find out what nutrients might currently be lacking in your soil and whether there may actually be an overabundance of some nutrient that's causing issues. For instance, plants need nitrogen in the soil in order to grow. But high levels of nitrogen in the soil can result in plants that quickly shrivel up and die. For instance, if you have a patchy lawn, it may be because a dog or a cat has decided that that spot is a perfect place to urinate, resulting in an extremely high nitrogen content in that area.
Mow less often: It's not uncommon to hear that you should cut your lawn more frequently in order to encourage the grass to grow. Unfortunately, this is completely wrong. Every time you mow your lawn, whether you do it yourself or you hire a lawn care service to do it, you're removing vital nutrients and moisture from the individual grass plants. A healthy lawn with sufficient nutrients is able to sustain weekly or even twice-weekly mowing sessions and still look good. But for a lawn that is already looking somewhat dubious, frequent mowing sessions are only going to make the grass weaker. In order to encourage your lawn to grow, set your mower blades to no lower than 2" and don't mow at all until your lawn is between 3" and 4" in height. This will allow your lawn to gather strength in between mowing, making it healthier in general.