In the spring, we all want our yards to be looking their best. One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is aerate it. But what does that mean and how do you do it? We'll answer all of your questions in this post, so you can have the perfect yard this season.
How do you know if your lawn needs aerating?
The best way to figure out if you need to aerate your lawn is to do a little digging. Literally. Take a spade or garden trowel and start poking around in the soil. If it’s dry and dense, and it bounces back when you try to press down on it, then your lawn could use a good aerating. You can also look out for other signs of soil compaction, such as footprints that remain visible for a long time after you’ve walked on the grass, or water puddling on the surface of the lawn. When the soil is compacted, it becomes much harder for air, water and nutrients to penetrate, which can cause problems for your lawn such as drought stress, patchy growth and that unsightly yellowing.
Adding stripes to your lawn brings a touch of personality and pizzazz, making your home stand out from the rest. While it may seem like a daunting task, it's actually quite simple to do with the right tools and some instruction. If you're looking to add a little something special to your yard, follow our guide on how to mow stripes in your lawn.
How to mow stripes in your lawn
How to mow stripes in your lawn: There is no need to break out the paint and brushes to get creative with your lawn. You can create lawn stripes in your grass by effectively bending the blades of grass in different directions so that sunlight bounces off the grass blades to show stripes. For this reason, you want to make sure you are using a sharp mower blade when cutting your grass. That’s not to say you can’t create lawn stripes with a warm season grass, you just won’t be able to achieve lines that are as crisp. This is because warm season grasses aren’t as flexible and bendy as cool season grasses. The real secret to creating a striped lawn is to cut the grass in different directions throughout the length of your garden. Make sure you overlap each stripe by about 1/3 so that they are connected.
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