Many people care just as much about their lawn as their garden. They go through a never ending battle with weeds and pests. The best way to prevent these problems is to have a healthy lawn in the first place.
If you are starting from scratch, plant grass that will grow well in your area. You will need to consider how much rain you will get, how much sun or shade you have and the type of soil. Basically, you will need to know the same information as when growing plants.
A healthy lawn can fight off most problems before they get out of hand. To keep your lawn healthy, make sure you don’t mow it too short. Your lawn needs at least two and a half inches of length to stay healthy. A longer lawn will grow thicker and have a better root system.
You should only water your lawn if it is really starting to dry out. If it is not getting enough water from rainfall, you can water it yourself. Do so slowly and heavily so that the water has a chance to penetrate the ground deeply. This will encourage strong root growth and therefore, a healthier lawn.
If you feel that you have a problem with weeds or pests, use chemicals only as a last resort. First, pull out weeds with a weed puller that removes as much of the roots as possible. You can introduce good bugs into your lawn that will eat the bad bugs. For example, ladybugs will eat aphids. If you must spray, use a non-toxic herbicide or pesticide whenever possible.
Chemicals are harmful to you, your family, your pets and any other animals that may wander into your yard. When using them, make sure to protect yourself. Wear clothes to cover your whole body, gloves and a face mask.
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