Summer is in full swing, which means many of us have already been obsessing over our lawns for awhile. If you’re like me – and I know I am – then you’ve encountered some pesky problems while trying to maintain a soft, green bed of grass. Now, an exhaustive manual of lawn care would probably be a little unnecessary, but I do want to share three of the most common issues I’ve run into with my own lawn, and the best solutions I’ve found for each.
Problem: “Happy Spots”
If you’ve got a big ol’ doggo or even a lil’ pupper running around, you’re bound to end up having some dead spots show up where they do their business. They could be in random places, or surrounding things like plants or fence posts. Either way, it’s not pretty.
Solution: Use a leash and accompany your pooch while he or she goes potty, steering clear of the problem area. Given time, and a little extra watering, you should be able to nurse the dead spot back to good health.
Problem: Brown/Dry Areas
Every lawn retains and distributes moisture differently, and many lawns end up with large areas turning an ugly tan color. It should come as no surprise that high-traffic areas in your lawn will dry out and die faster than other areas, but what if those kids have stayed off your dang lawn but there’s still nasty dry patches?
Solution: It’s likely that your lawn needs aerated. Having your lawn aerated once a year can help the soil absorb and retain water, keeping your grass healthy and soft. You may want to check on your sprinkler system to make sure your lawn is being watered consistently. Your problem may be as simple as adding or repairing a sprinkler.
Great for whistling between your thumbs, but awful for the health of your lawn, crabgrass is annoying. It takes advantage of scorched and stressed grass and spreads its seeds like there’s no next year, which makes sense given that it dies every winter. This can lead to increased soil erosion, making it even more of a problem. So, if the neighbor kids keep coming over to use your crabgrass to make that awful screeching whistling sound, what can you do?
Solution: Make sure you don’t cut your grass too short, especially in early summer. Remember– if your lawn dries out, it’s an easy target for crabgrass. You’ll also need to treat your lawn. If you’re looking to avoid using chemical herbicides, spreading some corn gluten meal in the spring will do the trick. Then you can fertilize your lawn so the grass itself grows instead of ugly, annoying weeds.
Of course, it’s important to remember that lawns are not just for looking at, but for enjoying with friends and family (and Fido). So, a couple dry spots may just be worth it for the sake of tossing a ball around or grilling out. Just remember to take care of the lawn while your loved ones are away, so they don’t end up stepping in a “happy spot” at the next family reunion.