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Real Life Lawn Care

Updated on August 13, 2014

Dream of an ideal lawn?

We don't have a large lawn, but what we do have can look good if maintained properly. It doesn't take long to do, but how many of us get up and spend the time to make sure the lawn looks great? In the time it takes to cut the lawn every couple of weeks, with just one or two sessions of lawn maintenance, would result in having that show piece lawn that would be the envy of your neighbours. And its actually not difficult to do!

In looking around at what's available these days, I have collated a few hints and tips that would more than likely turn that lawn into same state it was in its first year of growth. It did look good then.

So ask yourself these questions:

Do you water your lawn regularly?

Do you aerate your lawn? (break the hard dry soil up to let air into the roots)

Do you feed your lawn? (give it nutrition)

Do you maintain your lawn mower?

My initial answer to all these questions was NO! And I wonder why my lawn has turned into a shameful meadow?

Now-a-days there are so many products and guides out there it's a wonder that gardens were as good as they were when we were little. (I'm now sure that's just a favourable memory though) How did people have good lawns before the age of power scarifies, aerators artificial fertilisers and of course all the knowledge of the internet. Powered lawn mowers - such magic!

The answer is actually a little simpler than we think. It's just takes a little planning and time.

So the first thing I did was do what I would do with anyone who was looking a little 'tired'. Give them some water, fresh air and some food.

It's amazing how simple, yet we don't always do it.

Firstly, give your lawn a good drink. Unless there are water restrictions in your area (then consider the beautiful aesthetics of AstroTurf or hardtop anyway) get the hose out and give the area an even soak.

Secondly, get out the garden fork and start jabbing at the ground. Not a good plan if the ground is rock hard, (your arms will soon tell you), but the previous soaking should already be a help. Creating small holes regularly over your lawn will allow air to get into the hard pack ground and give the roots a chance. Of course please do take care. Jabbing a fork into the ground does have its dangers so please be careful and wear some safety shoes. Incidentally, rolling a lawn may not be good for it. It compacts the ground and may mean you have to work harder at getting air into it. I had a fork, but you can get proper aerators that actually take small soil cores out of the ground to make the ground less compacted and let the air in.

Thirdly, give it some food. Now, in the old days, some good old fashioned manure would have done the job, but I'm all for any organic processed alternative these days. It makes it so much easier and a little more palatable to the nose. But do make sure it's distributed evenly otherwise you may get uneven patches. Of course I have found out, for the more adventurous amongst us, you can buy kits that will tell you the acidity/alkalinity (pH) and nutritional make-up of your soils. Then you can apply a prescriptive concoction for your lawns specific needs. This may be necessary in some cases, but for the majority of us, regular water, air and food and water should be sufficient.

If there are some patches that are truly unrecoverable, then do rake and prepare the ground for sowing new seed. Plenty instructions on doing that on the web these days or even a packet of seed.

Lastly, don't be tempted to cut your lawn too short. Take the advice from the manufacturers, (how many of us do that?) and leave a little longer growth. Your lawn will appreciate it and look better faster.

Like any tired living thing, water, food and air will quickly revitalise your lawn. And when it looks good, you will feel good too. And you have achieved something good. You did it!

So having done some research I now need to practise what I have learned, and just get on with it!

And of course, I not only aim to have a great looking lawn but I'll also be getting some exercise and fresh air too. (Although I'm not too convinced of that just yet, having been forking the lawn for the last hour).

We will still need a lawnmower though. That's next.

The photograph above was taken on my Nikon D90.

Happy Lawn!

To maintain a true grass GREEN, lawns like to be watered regularly.

Progress Update.... Only two weeks on.... like a miracle!!!

Can you believe it! My work with the simple garden fork and my relaxing time standing with the hose over my lawn, (making water shapes in the air like a kid most of the time though), has worked like a miracle!

Totally amazing.

Just two weeks after that first day of action, and our lawn is already looking greener; the shoots are looking thicker and to my absolute amazement the lawn seemed easier to mow today, (probably due to the clean cutting action on the thicker shoots). Even the border edges were easier to do and better defined, again probably due to the thicker shoots and the fact that the raggy thin roots and weeds were being choked out by the healthier new growth.

So, without even getting to stage two, and adding fertiliser , I have already seen a huge improvement with JUST water and aerating. Watch this space.........

Ah Hah! Week 4.

Must practice what I preach.

Its not been raining and I didn't water the lawn this week. That fantastic GREEN colour I got back has begun to fade back to that brown/green. It does not look as good.. Soooooo..... water water water this week and hope to restore that deep green..

Week 6. Back with success!

That worked! Water water water.... Not only a much deeper green colour but also thicker blades. The quality ofthe grass is looking sooooo much better and I have had my first amazed commens from the neigbours. So simple to do, yet very satisfying. I have been very tempted to feed the grass again, but I am holding off. They say every three months anyway. The lawn appears to be doing well its self at the moment.

The Lawns Of Versailes in France
The Lawns Of Versailes in France

Why Do We Want Our Lawn To Look Good?

Well, the answer is probably easy. It reflects on us. A front lawn is the first thing visitors see of our home.

Its all about being kept well and about being GREEN. Healthy lush, green grass is a display of health and success - it can be a competition between neighbours and gives us a sense of satisfaction.

The aristocrats of 17th and 18th Century Europe started the cult. Louis XIV of France included large squares of tapis vert, or green carpet, in his Versailles gardens. This became a sign of prosperity and style and soon spread and crossed the Atlantic.

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Happy Lawn!

Ideally, the lawn should be mowed regularly from March to October.

It should also be fertilised every three months.

Set your lawn mower to cut your grass between 2.5cm and 4.5cm in height.

Healthy Lawn

Garden Looking Good

Feeling Good

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Simple Lawn Care...

1. Water regularly

2. Aerate regularly

3. If necessary feed 'n weed

Need an Aerator. Its works! - A Small Choice of Aerators To Make it Even Easier..

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Please let me know your comments. Always welcome

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks!

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @paulahite: Thank you.

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @paulahite: Thank you.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      great information! I shared it o our G+ page today!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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      john-doornkamp 4 years ago

      Grass care is the hardest part of gardening when the ground is both wet and in the shade. Room for another section on grasses for different types of sites. Helpful though.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @12martha: Thank you.

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      12martha 4 years ago

      Good Article. growing-grass-and-lawn-care

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @CaztyBon: Thank you.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      Great advice! very useful advice.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: Thank you, it seems to be never ending taking care of a lawn.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Good advice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gardener Don 5 years ago

      Simple formula really, but it amazes me how many forget to do sone (some) of the steps. I'm a bit frustrated too by all the jurisdictions banning the use of herbicides - for no sound reason other than hype - so the dandelions are getting rampant now.

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      dwindhaus lm 5 years ago

      Neverending battle to keep a nice lawn.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @dwindhaus lm: I agree, it's exhausting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would have to agrre with campingman, Aerating is the most overlooked and the least utilizes lawn care necessity. Wonderful Lens!!

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      CampingmanNW 5 years ago

      Good lens. Aerating is the most overlooked. Great lens by the way

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      I thank you for sharing.. the information here is wonderful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nothing better than a well kept lawn :)

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      The weeds have won the war at my house. I surrendered peacefully last week and hired a new gardener.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I struggle to keep my lawn perfect. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Enjoyable reading - thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A well kept lawn is always nice to see. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      This is enjoyable and worthwhile.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      This is enjoyable and worthwhile.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @OrlandoTipster: Ablosultely. I'm trying to get the grass in such a healthy strong state that it should choke out the weeds.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Weeds are always by biggest issue.

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