A Green Yard

The lushness of a green expanse of grass in your yard is soothing on a hot summer's day. While we all love the sight and feel of it, maintaining it may not be as easy as pie. The grass has to be nurtured, watered and trimmed for it to thrive. Keep in mind the following…

The lushness of a green expanse of grass in your yard is soothing on a hot summer's day. While we all love the sight and feel of it, maintaining it may not be as easy as pie. The grass has to be nurtured, watered and trimmed for it to thrive.

Keep in mind the following when maintaining your yard:

• Grass has to be kept at a certain height and therefore needs regular trimming. Keeping it trimmed is healthy for your yard. You will be trimming off the oldest part of the plant, making way for new leaves to sprout.

• Trimming has to be done carefully, if the grass is trimmed too close to the growing points of the plant, ie where the new leaves grow from, it will cause the grass to branch out sideways and become weakened and matted.

• The trick is to remove only about an inch of grass while trimming. The clippings provide valuable nutrients to your carpet of grass, so it is good to leave them in the yard instead of hauling the trimmings away.

• It is best to use a machine to trim your yard. You could use one that cuts the trimmings up into small pieces, converting it into mulch. Since grass is 85% water, it will decompose quickly and add additional nutrients to the soil.

• There are right and wrong times to trim the grass. If it is too wet from early morning dew or a rainstorm, the chances of slipping and injuring yourself are high. Trimming the grass when it is too hot is not good either. You will stress out the plants. Ideally, the late morning, once the dew has evaporated, is the best time to trim the grass.

• Vary the direction in which you trim your grass each time. If you follow the same direction with your trimming machine, the soil will settle into ruts and consequently the grass will get used to growing in one direction. By varying the direction in which you trim your yard, you will avoid creating ruts and the grass will grow more upright.

If you have never followed a routine in the way you maintain your yard, then sometimes it is time you do. Follow the tips mentioned here and you will find a difference in the way the grass grows in your yard. You just may be the envy of the neighborhood!