“Oh, what a beautiful lawn!” A lawn adds more to the beauty of a home than any other single factor. Many a home owner has admired the lawns of others and wished that his own lawn could be made as attractive.
New lawns should be built in the fall. Weeds have then had their annual fling. Moreover, newly seeded grass roots more deeply with cold weather ahead, and most varieties, notably Kentucky Bluegrass, form stools or tiller-out, thus forming a dense sod. Still another advantage is that grass likes cool weather. The warm daytime rains and the cool nights of the fall season are most favorable.
Drainage It is also well to remember that the permanently good looking lawn is the well drained one. There should be provision for carrying off the surface water so that it is not permitted to stand in puddles and cause moss.
Nourishment Most lawns are suffering from undernourishment.
A regular program of fertilization helps nourish and promote growth.
The grass should be cut regularly and not allowed to grow unduly tall at any time. The clippings may be permitted to fall for they have fertilizing value. In watering the lawn, light every other day sprinklings. Should the surface of the lawn be inclined to become hard and baked, a light application of finely ground top dressing will be helpful. It will act as a soil sponge and enable the ground to hold moisture during periods of excessive drought.
The feeding of the grass may be left to surface applications once, twice, or three times yearly as occasion demands. Such applications should be made in April, if once yearly; in April and early September if twice; and where three are made, June is considered the proper summer month. Lawns containing many trees will require the more frequent feedings.
We hope you may find in these simple suggestions the way to a good looking, uniform, rich, velvety lawn. As a final word, let us again emphasize the necessity of soil preparation, good seed, and water.