In many properties or estates, it is the beautiful expanses of verdant grass that is first noticed by guests and is usually the largest single feature of a landscape plan …

When people have gone to the cost and trouble of creating a beautiful landscape plan for their home and garden, it is important to be sure to have a good maintenance plan that will assure that your lawn garden stays in great shape. This is foremost to homeowners because in many properties or estates, it is the beautiful expanses of verdant grass that is first noticed by guests and is usually the largest single feature of a landscape plan.

Watering the lawn and garden is one of the most important parts of good lawn maintenance. In some parts of the country, there is enough rainfall so that the roots are properly supplied with moisture. But even in what would be considered soggy areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, there are periods or dry weather and no rain. When this happens, it is vital to the survival of the lawns that they be properly watered.

The first indication that a drought condition could be affecting the lawns of your lawn garden landscape design is a change in the grass colour. First, grass that is not getting enough moisture will lose the intense green shades and with a bit more time they will begin to show areas of turning a straw colour.

The best time of day to water a lawn or garden is during the coolest part of the day. This means that turning on the lawn sprinkler early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set is best. Garden lawn experts also say that the rotary sprinklers provide the best coverage if you don’t have a built in sprinkler system for your lawn maintenance.

In most cases, it is best to water your lawn just once a week, unless the weather is extremely hot or dry. When doing your weekly watering, you can place an empty tuna can on the grass and let the water run until it is filled up. This will help you know when you have watered enough to give the deep roots enough moisture without over watering. Watering in this way will also help your lawns develop a deep root system which will also help them survive periods of drought.

Another aspect of lawn and garden maintenance is proper fertilization and weed control. Good basic maintenance techniques will go a long way in keeping the lawns of your home and garden healthy, thriving and with few weeds. Spring is the best time to fertilize lawns as this is when the grass is “waking up” and will need the extra nutrients from the fertilizer to assure healthy growth. The best garden lawn fertilizers will have a combination of nitrogen, phosphates and potash.

In addition to a “spring feeding” of your lawn garden, you can also boost the health and vitality of the grass in your lawns with a second round of fertilisation during the summer. This will help assure that your grass is healthy enough to help push out the weeds that might try to take root and you can also use a fertiliser that combines a weed-killer to control these unwanted plants.

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