How to Fix an Ugly Lawn?
You want to have an amazing lawn, but you have an ugly lawn right now. The general thing I want you to understand is you’re going to make small steps of progress, it’s not going to happen overnight. There are 5 steps to reviving a lawn. The more steps you complete, the better your lawn will be.
Step 1: Proper Mowing
The first step for lawn care is going to be about the mowing technique. The most important thing will be that your blades are actually sharp. The second thing is mowing height. Now a lot of people would like to mow short. Because they think they’re going to have to mow less often but there’s something called a one-thirds rule.
Basically, you want to cut off 1/3 of the lawn at a time that’s based on height not an area of your lawn. But if your lawn is really thin, you don’t want it to be laying over, that’s not good. So, go up every week just go up another notch until it starts to look like the grass. It will help you to fix an ugly lawn.
Step 2: Proper Watering
Many people do this wrong. They assume that if you water for an hour, then that’s enough water. But if you have cheaper sprinklers it might take six hours. Just turn your sprinklers on for an hour, and then measure how much water is in. If it’s not an inch, keep watering and you know you might be surprised.
So, you want to be watering one time a week the full inch. If you look at weather reports and you already got an inch you can wait seven more days and then water another inch.
Step 3: Proper Fertilizing
Now you might notice that sometimes you could water the whole lawn, and certain areas were always brown. Once you’re mowing properly nice and you got your watering down one inch a week the next step is proper feeding. You need to apply fertilizer to your lawn. That’s feeding the lawn and make grass green and healthy.
Before buying any fertilizer, make sure about the type of grass you have on your lawn. Because all fertilizers are made for a specific type of grass. Before applying the fertilizers, always read the instructions on the label. First, try to know about the type of problems your lawn has. And then buy the fertilizer, according to that.
Most of the fertilizers release slow nutrients, and they feed your lawn for up to 4 months. And fertilizers can be applied twice a year to fix an ugly lawn.
Step 4: Killing and Preventing Weeds
Weeds make your lawn look ugly and irritating for you. So, you have to remove these weeds from your yard for a beautiful and healthier lawn.
Weeds can be removed from various tools such as weed snatchers. But you can also kill the weeds from fertilizers. That is the most effective way to kill and prevent the weeds in your lawn. Weed control or weed killer fertilizers work best to fix weeds in an ugly lawn.
These fertilizers kill weeds quickly plus stop the germination of weeds for up to 4 months. But before buying the weed killer fertilizer, make sure the type of grass and the type of weeds you have on your lawn. Because fertilizer kills a specific type of weeds. Also read the instructions and guidelines, before applying the weed killer.
This is where most people get it wrong! And it’s so easy. The simple method would be to apply a crabgrass preventer. Then use the “ready to spray” weed sprays, starting with killing crabgrass and then moving on to the harder weeds. Just leave a few weeks in between to allow your grass to not get stressed.
But if the weeds are tough and not killed by one application. Then apply the weed killer fertilizer after a few weeks.
Step 5: Overseed
Now, we got the weeds done. The next step to fix an ugly lawn is repairing and feeding the lawn. Everybody in the spring wants to get going with lawn care and plant their grass seed. And then they wonder why I never grew well. That’s because you put weed preventer down, preventing the good grass seed. It’s because spring is not the best time to be growing grass.
In the fall. After completing Step 4 you’re likely to have areas in the lawn with no grass. It happens! But lucky for you seeding in the fall is very easy to do. Some people will just throw the seed down and water it. I prefer applying a layer of peat moss on top. Aerator? Fall is the perfect time to aerate and overseed.