I’m the kind of person who believes in best practices. Sometimes, there are problems we can’t avoid – like getting sick. However, if we follow best practices, such as washing our hands regularly, using hand sanitizer and not touching our face in public areas, we can avoid contact with a lot of germs. And in turn, that will keep us healthier.
Well, for your lawn’s health, the situation is pretty similar. Can we stop all disease and infestation in the yard? Unfortunately not. But if we follow certain strategies, we can have a lot more success.
- Plant disease-resistant varieties
No matter how careful you are, it’s difficult to avoid all blight and/or plant disease, because this stuff can literally be carried by the wind. And if something like a weed spore lands in your yard, there’s not a lot you can do. You’ll have to wait for the weed to rise and then yank it out.
However, in the garden, you can select specific plant and vegetable varieties that are resistant to disease. They might cost a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run when you have healthy plants.
- Mow the lawn regularly
And mow it to the appropriate length. Not only does this strengthen the lawn, it also prevents weed growth. When you mow regularly, you lop the heads off of weed buds, which stunts their progress.
- Never overwater
We recommend watering on alternate days, and try to water in the morning – this gives the sun time to dry up the lawn and plants in the afternoon. Overwatering will cause extra stress on your plant life, and a stressed plant is more susceptible to disease.
- Aerate your lawn
The stronger the lawn is, the more resistant it will be. By providing aeration, you will expose the roots to additional nutrients and sunlight. Also, performing this task a couple of times a year can jumpstart growth and help break up compacted soil.