Spring is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start planning for a beautiful yard for the season. These tips on lawn care for beginners can help you get the yard that you’ve always wanted, so that you can relax in your outdoor space while enjoying the fresh air.
This post is written in partnership with Sears PartsDirect, though all opinions are my own.
For me, nothing beats sitting outside in my backyard, relaxing in one of our comfortable patio chairs. We enjoy grilling out, and dining in the backyard, basking in the sun and savoring that fresh air with the scent of lilacs when the breeze blows through. You, too, can enjoy your outdoor space by implementing some lawn care tips to help make your yard more comfortable and inviting.
How do I keep my lawn healthy?
You can usually keep your lawn healthy by removing any weeds, aerating it if needed, seeding any bare spots, mowing regularly, and watering it.
Do grass clippings hurt the lawn?
It’s a popular myth that grass clippings are harmful to your lawn, but as long as you mow your lawn on a regular basis before it gets overgrown, the grass clippings should be fine.
Your guide on lawn care for beginners
Mowing your lawn is a huge part of lawn care, and believe it or not, there are proper and improper ways to do it. You will want to make sure that you’re cutting your grass at the right length, so you don’t scalp it, as cutting it too short can be harmful to the health of your grass. You only want to cut the top 1/3 of your grass blades so that it grows better to support more roots.
One thing that you need to pay special attention to is your mower blades. You don’t want to cut your lawn with dull blades, because it can actually cause a lot of damage, and potentially ruin your lawn. You should get a tune up on your lawn mower, and sharpen or replace your lawn mower blades every year for best performance.
Sears PartsDirect is my go-to place to order new blades for our lawn mower, as they can be pretty tough to find in stores. The easiest way to find parts for your mower is to type your mower’s model number in the search box at the top of the website or on the mower parts tpage. Once on the model page, you can easily find the blade. It sure beats driving store to store! Head over to Sears PartsDirect for all of your lawn maintenance needs this year.
Seeding and fertilizing your lawn
If your grass is thin or has a lot of weeds, you may want to consider seeding it, which will help to make your lawn thicker and healthier. Fertilizing your lawn can definitely improve its health too, as can watering it. A lot of people hire lawn care specialists, but you can also do these things yourself. Just be sure to carefully read the instructions on any seed or fertilizer that you purchase.
When it comes to watering your lawn, always remember that time of day matters. You don’t want to water mid day when the sun is out and temperatures are at their highest. Instead, watering before 10am is ideal. Contrary to popular belief, it is not recommended to water your grass at night, as the prolonged wet grass overnight can make it more susceptible to disease.
Now that you know how to properly take care of your lawn, you can move onto making your yard prettier by adding flower pots or creating a flower garden. Here is a great resource on plants that repel mosquitoes so that you can enjoy your yard in the evening without getting bit up. If you love butterflies, here is a list of butterfly host plants that you may want to consider planting.