The key principles of an easy-care lawn

If you're new to sowing, growing, and caring for lawns, there's a high chance you'll make a lot of mistakes. It's easy to make them, but fixing them can take a lot of time and effort. To avoid them, read this article to learn how to create the perfect lawn without having to redo it. With a beautiful lawn, you'll be able to enjoy your gorgeous garden without worrying about mistakes.

Task number one is to make a plan

Before starting the process of creating your perfect lawn, it's important to plan ahead. Firstly, consider the purpose and the level of stress it will be subjected to. Do you just need a place to stroll or do you want to play sports with your kids regularly?
Next, look at the area you plan to plant. Observe whether the area receives sunlight or shade, whether water accumulates or not, and whether it is exposed to strong winds or sheltered. You should also determine the composition of your soil.
This information will guide you in selecting the right type of lawn for your specific conditions. When buying a lawn, be sure to pay attention to the packaging and the characteristics of the grass, and choose the one that's perfect for your needs. By doing this, you'll be on your way to a beautiful and functional lawn that fits your unique requirements.

Preparing the area for lawn planting

It's important to prepare your plot well in advance to ensure a successful lawn. By doing so, you can stabilize the soil and prevent holes. We recommend starting the preparation process at least a month before planting.
  • Begin by clearing your plot of debris, removing weeds, and getting rid of unwanted stumps and trees. For stubborn weeds, herbicides can be used, but it's important to follow the instructions on the package carefully as they can be harmful.
  • If there is stagnant water on your plot, you'll need to address it by installing a drainage system or leveling the area. Excess water can lead to various problems such as soil compaction, slow grass growth, and grass fading during winter. Tackling these issues is crucial for maintaining a healthy and thriving lawn.
  • It's important not to forget about the watering. If you don't want to water your lawn manually, consider installing an automatic watering system before sowing. And if you don't want to do automatic watering, set a watering task so you don't forget.
  • Fertilizers are also a crucial component for a healthy lawn. It's important to ensure that it's nutrient-rich to achieve the perfect lawn. 
The first fertilizer should be applied during the preparation stage, followed by subsequent applications throughout the life of your lawn.
If you're unable to assess the exact composition of your soil, you can opt for a compound fertilizer suitable for lawns. These fertilizers are available in specialized stores.

Note: To ensure the longevity of your lawn, it's important to have a fertile layer of soil that's at least 6 inches (15 cm) deep, but ideally, 1 foot (30 cm). This will provide the necessary nutrients for your lawn to grow and thrive for years to come.

After fertilizing, it's crucial to cultivate and roll the area with a specialized roller to ensure that the ground is level. This is important because maintaining and mowing an uneven lawn can be quite challenging.

How to sow a lawn

Once all the preparatory work is complete, you can begin sowing the grass seeds. The day before sowing, make sure to thoroughly water the area to be planted so that it is quite moist. 
Just before planting, use a rake to loosen the top layer of soil to a depth of about 0.5 inches (1.5 cm). 
For best results, it's recommended to sow the seeds by hand, as this allows for better control over the planting process. Spread the seeds evenly over the area, ensuring that they are distributed uniformly to avoid an uneven lawn.

Note: To ensure even distribution of the seeds, it is recommended to sow them in two directions. Divide your plot into imaginary squares and scatter the seeds in one direction first, then sow them in the opposite direction on the other side of the square. This will help to achieve an evenly distributed lawn.

If you realize that you have sown the seeds too close to each other, you can use a garden rake to evenly distribute the seeds.
After sowing, use a roller to level the soil in the morning and water your lawn either through your irrigation system or manually. If watering by hand, use a specialized nozzle to spray the water evenly.
During the first 2-3 weeks, you should water the lawn regularly and remove any weeds that appear. It's important to be careful not to disturb the delicate root system of the young grass while removing the weeds.

Lawn care in summer

Maintaining your lawn involves three key tasks: watering, mowing, and fertilizing. 
#1 Adequate watering is essential for lush, healthy grass. The frequency of watering depends on the weather, but it's best to do it early in the morning, in the evening, or on cloudy days. Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, as water droplets can act like lenses and cause the grass to burn.
It's important to ensure that the soil is thoroughly moistened after watering, to a depth of about one foot. This will encourage deep root growth and help the grass to withstand drought better.

#2 Proper lawn mowing is important for maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn. The frequency of mowing depends on several factors, such as the function of your lawn, the type of grass, and weather conditions. 
If your lawn has a decorative function, then it is recommended to keep the height of the grass up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) and mow it often. On the other hand, if your lawn is used for children's games, it is best to keep the grass at a height of 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) to prevent injuries and provide a cushioned surface for play.
To determine when it's time to mow the lawn, a general rule is to check the height of the grass. If it has reached a height of 4 inches (10 cm), it's time to get the mower out. When mowing, it's important to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass height each time to avoid damaging it and to allow it to recover from the mowing process.
#3 Applying fertilizers in summer can help support active grass growth, give it a bright green color, and help it withstand adverse weather conditions. It's recommended to use specialized fertilizers for this purpose and to follow the instructions carefully.

To sum up, the key to a perfect lawn is the preparatory work. If you try to cut corners and rush through the process, you may end up having to redo everything later, which would be even more time-consuming and labor-intensive. Therefore, it's important to put in the effort upfront and do all the necessary work now, so that you can enjoy a beautiful and low-maintenance lawn in the future.