Proper watering of your yard seems simple enough. Just water it? Right? Well, yes and a very big no. Watering your lawn with the proper technique is an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn. If you water it too little, then you could get the same results. If you are over-watering it then you can get a weak or shallow rooted lawn that is susceptible to drought and drying up. Lawns need about an inch of water a week to maintain the right amount of growth and strength which usually requires 2 to 3 watering sessions per week. So we’ll start by heading to the hardware store...
For many homeowners who are new to lawn care, one important component that they tend to overlook is the nutritional balance of the ground soil. Like any other plant, grass requires the right balance of nutrients in the soil in order to thrive. The next time you pick up lawn fertilizer, you should notice three important percentages on the product labeling. Combined, these three figures represent the N-P-K ratio. Each symbol represents a specific nutrient and the ratio is there to help gardeners recognize the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the fertilizer product. These numbers may seem somewhat intimidating at first. When do you know what ratio to use? Well, the following infographic by Organic Lesson should help you understand the basics of the N-P-K ratio. In the infographic, you can learn some basic rules on what ratio to use for specific stages of the lawn.
By now, you’re likely good and ready to break out the seeds or starter plants, and start putting things in the ground. I get it; it’s exciting. The prospect of growing your own green beans and tomatoes is thrilling. But don’t let the excitement overwhelm your good sense. Before you even thinking about planting anything, you need to get your garden soil ready to go.
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