HOW TO PROPERLY CARE THE LAWN
© Author: Nikolay Khromov
For some time, the lawn has become an attribute of almost every private plot or decoration of a house adjoining territory. You can relax on it, have a picnic with your family or just admire its beautiful and elegant greenery. The lawn is beautiful most of the season, but after winter it often does not look as attractive as in summer and autumn, sometimes even bald spots appear. So how to care for the lawn after winter?
WHERE FROM HALF
They usually arise due to the formation of snow deposits in shaded areas of the lawn. Melt water in such places stagnates, the soil is very waterlogged, and the grass there simply dies.
To prevent this from happening, in the spring you need to quickly remove snow from the lawn or, even better, evenly distribute the remaining snow cover over the entire area of the lawn.
The first stage of lawn care in the spring, after the snow has completely melted, is combing out. If there are bald spots, so far do not pay attention to them - you must first remove all the old leaves and dried grass.
For combing, it is most convenient to use a fan rake having rigid but springy rods.
Do not comb out in one direction, be sure to do it both along and across the lawn.
Here is just the time to pay attention to bald spots. In such areas, grass has died, a new one will not grow, so you need to sow this grass in such areas.
Seeds for this, be sure to choose the same variety as the grass already growing on the lawn. Loosely soil the soil before sowing, and if it is dry, moisten it. Next, sow the seeds and sprinkle with a layer of humus or compost.
FURNISHING A LAWN
Then you can add spring fertilizer to activate growth processes and your lawn will quickly become beautiful. Usually nitroammophoska is used, it contains all three necessary components. Fertilizer (1 teaspoon per 5 liters of water per m2) must be diluted and spilled with a lawn. If the grass grows and is so excellent, then fertilizers can not be applied.
The first lawn mowing in the new season should not be done before May. Even if it seems to you that the grass is tall, still tolerate it, let it grow, it will not outgrow for sure. In May, boldly mow the grass to a height of 5 cm.
Usually in spring the soil is rich in moisture, but there are seasons that are poor in soil moisture, then it is natural that the lawn will need to be watered. Watering should be carried out in the morning so that the moisture from the grass has time to evaporate, otherwise there may be burns on the leaves.
It is difficult to say exactly when to irrigate. Watering may be needed both in April and in May; before April, the lawn is usually not watered.
Watering can be combined with aeration of the lawn - is piercing the turf with a pitchfork, per square meter you can make a couple of punctures, after which it is desirable to moisten the soil.
LAWN DISEASES AND ITS YELLOWING
After winter, the lawn may suddenly turn yellow. These sites will most likely have to be reseeded if they are not normalized. For the possible restoration of the grass, it can be sprayed with "Epin" or other growth stimulant.
As for diseases, Fusarium can attack the lawn - the lawn looks externally powdery with snow, after which the grass usually dries out. The affected area is best removed, and the soil must be treated with any fungicide.
Rust - Scarlet brown spots on the grass, similar to rust. You will also have to remove the areas, treat the soil with fungicide and re-reseed.
Pink mosaic - pinkish rounded spots. You can not mow the lawn in these places, but it is necessary to treat with fungicide.
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