Welcome back Spring! I would say that I’ve missed you (and I really have) but we were pretty lucky with such a mild winter. Although, I can’t say that I’m not enjoying being outdoors more!
Every year around this time I start thinking about gardening and lawn care. What am I going to plant this year? Do I want a vegetable garden? Are we going to shoot for a lush, green lawn? Every year I try to be the idyllic house on the block with the lush green grass and beautiful fragrant flowers. And every year I fail.
This year is going to be different – I can feel it. I’m arming myself with the knowledge and the know-how of planning and of my failures and what NOT to do. (At least I’m learning from my mistakes!)
The biggest thing I’m striving for this year is a lush, green lawn. I feel like even if I fail at bountiful gardens of colorful flowers the sheer beauty of my green grass will wow the neighbors.
Although my first failure was not seeding my lawn like I had wanted to last fall. They say that the best time to seed your lawn is in the fall right around Labor Day due to the shorter, cooler days. It’s a less likely scenario that your seeds will dry or bake from the sun because of the cooler temperatures. So I guess that’s my strike one.
We were especially lucky with our water when we moved into our house. Even though we are hooked up to our city’s sewer and water, they left the water well connected to our outside spigots so we can use it to water our lawn for free! If you have a well, I’ve learned that it’s best to try to water your lawn all at once with all of your sprinklers going, because a constant on and off of your spigots will wear out your water pump faster.
Some other more common watering tips:
- Water in the morning if possible. Your grass will thank you all day long from the cool drink in the morning. Plus, if you water at night, you run the risk of growing fungi.
- Keep watering your lawn in a drought (unless your city tells you otherwise!). The myth that water goes dormant is just that… a myth. Your grass will die without water.
- Pay attention to where the sun hits your grass the most and adjust your watering accordingly. Shadier areas might not need as much water.
My fingers are crossed for an “oasis” yard this year. Here’s hoping that yours turns out just as lush!