One could easily conclude that Everett gets its allure from Seattle; they are only 25 miles apart. However, Everett has its fair share of beautiful cultural, historical, and natural attractions to stand on its own. It is no surprise many people prefer to get a home in Everett (please link to the underlined – http://tsquareproperties.net/).
A common challenge for many first-time homeowners nonetheless, is how to make their lawns charming and attractive, to complement the magnificent landscapes. If you are struggling to make your Everett lawn alluring, here are a few tips to get you inspired.
Test the Soil
One of the best-kept secrets of establishing a healthy lawn is understanding its soil composition. Many first time owners, perhaps out of sheer ignorance or the eagerness to get started, quickly jump to planting. They end up having a hard time getting the grass to grow. Before growing anything in your garden, it is critical that you conduct a soil test to determine the nutrient composition and pH of your soil.
You can use a DIY kit and examine the ground on your own, or you could hire a reputable Everett contractor to do it for you. Still, if you prefer, you could contact the Department of Agriculture Extension office, to help with the testing. Armed with such information, it becomes easy for you to know what to do to make the ground ideal for growing your dream lawn.
Identify the right grass to grow
Once you have determined what your garden’s soil composition is like, you need to decide what type of grass you will plant. In as much as you would have a preferred choice, your selection should be based on your soil composition.
Take the time to research and find out what grass type will thrive in your Everett home’s soil. Consulting a reputable lawn care professional will prove quite helpful. When with the professional, take the time to learn the ins and outs of growing the grass, including what the best seeds, fertilizers and watering guidelines are.
Plant your seeds correctly
Now that you know the right seeds to grow, it is imperative for you to plant them correctly. Proper planting involves aerating the soil, spreading the seed evenly, covering the seed, and providing sufficient water.
Aerating the soil helps to make it less compact, and improves the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrients, which the plant and roots need to grow. For that, you could use a hand aerator or a core aeration machine. If you don’t know how to go about it, it’s best to hire a professional.
When spreading the seeds, you could use your bare hands or a spreader. Make sure you do it evenly so you end up with a uniformly growing turf.
Water your plants
After successfully distributing the seed, cover them with a light layer of soil, and water them. But, be careful not to overdo the watering, lest you end up drowning your seeds and impede successful growth. Just keep them lightly watered until your seeds begin to sprout, after which you should switch to deep-watering them weekly.
The moment you have identified the right turf to grow as well as their nutritional requirements, compare that information with the soil test results to ascertain the kind of fertilizer to add. Fertilization gives your plants the essential nutrients that they need for healthy growth.
Use a drop or broadcast spreader, depending on the size of your lawn and the accuracy you seek. For rewarding outcomes, consider adding fertilizer at least twice a year, preferably during fall and spring. If you use the right fertilizer and apply it right, you will end up with a thick, healthy lush green turf.
Weed your lawn
Naturally, the introduction of fertilizer and moisture will create the ideal environment for weeds to grow. Besides making the lawn look unsightly, the weeds compete with your plants for essential nutrients.
Mow the lawn
Once you have successfully established the lawn for your home in Everett, continue taking good care of it. For instance, make sure you mow it using a well-sharpened mower, and that you keep supplying them with sufficient water. Moreover, when mowing, be careful not to cut the grass too short as that will reduce their effectiveness to withstand drought or even fight off disease and pest attacks.
Hopefully the above helps you on your journey for the perfect lawn. As you can see, there aren’t many short cuts but having a clear plan of action is the surest way to achieving it.
Guest Post from: T-Square Property Management (please link to the underlined – http://tsquareproperties.net/seattle-property-management), a local real estate company servicing Everett and Seattle.