To keep a luscious lawn without devoting all your time to maintenance, all you need to understand are the very essentials of lawn care: watering, weeding, and fertilizing. Once you get the hang of it, watching the grass grow might get a little more interesting.

Watering

No two lawns are exactly the same, so how long you water will depend on your lawn. For those who plan on watering with a sprinkler system, know that when the water has soaked six inches into the soil, it’s time to cut off the sprinkler.

To test how long this will take, use a screwdriver and check your soil every 15 minutes to ascertain how far the water has reached.

You only need to time this once and water the lawn two mornings per week in the growing season. If you’re watering the lawn with the garden hose, you can buy a timer to cut off the water after a certain amount of time.

To sum it up, water deep and water early, but don’t water too often.

Ready to take your lawn care to the next level? Check out these tips for mowing your lawn.

Weeding

hand pulling weeds out of grassThe easiest method of getting rid of weeds is pulling them out by hand. In a perfect scenario, you’d pull them early in the morning after a recent rain, when the soil will be damp.

However, if you don’t find yourself in this exact situation when you need to pull weeds, you can still tackle the task in the morning after you water the lawn; weeds are much more difficult to pull out of dry soil.

After you’ve cleared your yard of weeds, you can add them to your kitchen waste to create a compost pile.

Be sure to wear gloves, and for weeds like poison ivy that cause skin irritation, Gardens Alive! recommends covering your arms with trash bags—they cover more skin than gloves and can easily be turned inside out to hold poisonous plants.

With these weeding practices, you can avoid the use of chemicals and get rid of weeds for good.

Fertilizing

green yard with 'fertilize your yard' signYour lawn will probably need additional fertilizer to complement your compost pile. As a general rule, you’ll want to fertilize when the soil is damp  and use a tool like a drop spreader to ensure even distribution.

Whether you’re using compost or leaving an excess deposit of fertilizer in your yard, you’ll need to use a rake or a push broom to spread it out evenly.

Different lawns in different climates will naturally require different types of fertilizer, so call a Best Pick company to help you determine which kind is best for your yard and how often your climate necessitates fertilization.

Bottom Line: Taking care of your lawn doesn’t have to be complicated.

  • Water your lawn a couple times a week
  • Pull weeds the old-fashioned way
  • Ask for professional advice if you aren’t sure what kind of fertilizer your yard will like best

Soon you’ll have a thriving, low-maintenance lawn you can enjoy without having to spend too much time digging in the dirt.