Now that summer is upon us, many homeowners are going outdoors to clean up their lawn. The warm temperatures and sunshine offer the perfect opportunity to spruce up your home’s curb appeal.
There are dozens of different elements that affect a home’s curb appeal, although the single most influential is the grass. But what if your grass is growing in clumps instead of a consistent spread throughout your lawn?
Raise the Blades
Try mowing your lawn with raised blades to prevent clumping. Some homeowners have a tendency to mow their lawn on the lowest blade setting possible, assuming this will reduce the frequency of their mowing.
While it’s true that mowing your lawn on the lowest blade setting possible will reduce the number of times that you need to mow it, this isn’t always the best option.
When grass is mowed too low, it becomes stressed, which can lead to the formation of clumps instead of an even consistency. So, try raising your blade ½ inch to prevent this phenomenon from occurring.
One possible reason why your grass is growing in clumps is because the soil is too compact. If the soil is compact and hard, it may restrict its ability to absorb moisture.
And when soil becomes dry, grass and other plant life may cease to thrive. You can combat this problem, however, by aerating your lawn.
After aerating your lawn, go back over it with an application of fertilizer. The exact type of fertilizer to use will vary depending on the variety/species of grass.
If you need help choosing fertilizer, identify your grass variety and ask for assistance at your local plant nursery or gardening store. They should be able to point you in the right direction for the best possible fertilizer.
Of course, re-seeding your lawn may also help to prevent the formation of clumps. When grass ceases to grow in some areas of a lawn, the problem could be attributed to a lack of seeds, in which case re-seeding can solve this problem.
Even if you don’t see them, pests could be destroying areas of your grass without your knowledge. This is particularly true for small, microscopic pests, including bacterial and viral diseases.
Depending on the specific pest and/or infestation, you may be able to treat it. Neem oil, for instance, is a powerful all-natural compound that’s commonly used to treat pest infestations on grass and plants.
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