You may have a beautiful yard today, but it doesn't take much for a problem to crop up and leave it looking terrible next week. Therefore, it is important to know what problems your lawn may encounter so that you know what to do when the unexpected happens, especially if you don't currently have a grounds maintenance person to take care of the lawn for you. Here are three common issues that you may find yourself dealing with in your yard and how to deal with them:
A common weed, crabgrass often becomes a problem in your yard when you mow too short. With that being said, one way to prevent it from becoming an issue that you have to deal with is by moving at the appropriate height based on your grass type. This will help to discourage the germination of any crabgrass seeds.
Now, if you find a patch of crabgrass, remove it immediately and be sure to lay down some mulch. This will make it more difficult for the seeds to germinate. Another idea is to lay down corn gluten meal, which is an organic pre-emergent herbicide that will help to control the crabgrass. Also, don't forget to water deeply and less frequently, and always remember that a healthy yard is key to keeping crabgrass at bay.
Just like humans, lawns can suffer from iron deficiencies. There are many reasons that the grass may not be receiving the iron it needs from the soil, including excessively wet or dry soil, lack of sunlight, cold weather and excessive fertilization. The ideal pH for grass is between six and seven, and the best way to add permanent iron to the soil is with sulfur. It is recommended to spray between one to two ounces of ferrous sulfate for every 1,000 square feet of grass on a bi-weekly basis.
As a general rule, ants won't harm your lawn. In fact, they can actually be beneficial in that they will feed on aphids. However, they're very annoying to you, your family and your pets. Plus, those huge ant hills that they build can do damage to your lush, green lawn. Practicing proper lawn maintenance will help keep ants out of your yard. However, if they decide to come visit anyway, you do have natural options at your disposal at eliminating them and their homes. Here are two of them:
- First, boil three quarts of water and pour it directly over the ant mound. Once it dries completely, mix a 1:1 ratio of water and orange rinds in a blender. Pour this over the ant mound.
- Take a mason jar lid and mix equal parts of borax and sugar. Place the jar lid next to the ant mound. The ants will make their way to the lid and take the "food" back to their family. The borax will kill them. Note: Be careful not to spill any on your lawn as it will kill it.
For more information, contact professionals like Coastal Lawn Service Inc.