[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
With the passing of time and seasons lawns tend to deteriorate: it is a matter of fact. The only way to prevent your garden from deteriorating is to put in place a good maintenance plan for your garden.
The causes to a deteriorating garden can be many. Mostly, however, it comes to these: an intense fruition, an irregular cutting execution, a wrong cutting height, and an inadequate fertilization.
How can you discover if your garden has been deteriorating and it needs maintenance? There are viewable symptoms, like the appearance of stagnations, the rarefaction of the sward, the progressive invasion of infesting weeds and the growing of moss.
Prevention is necessary in order to maintain your garden flourished. There are many possible operations, and you don’t have to be a professional to use them: everyone can effectively take care of their garden if they know how to do it.
Fertilization is the plant food: you need to add fertilizers to the soil because it need nutrients to grow well, and this can be possible in many ways: with liquids, water-soluble granulars and water-soluble composts. Another function of fertilizers is the improvement of soil, helping it to retain water batter and allowing air to flow freely.
Moss is something that grows in every spot where nothing else is growing. Its presence can be really frustrating. That is why you have to prevent moss from growing: by avoiding a compacted soil, a poor drainage, a low pH and lack of sunlight. If you have to kill moss because it is already growing, maybe you should consider to use products that contain ferrous sulfate and then replant the grass.
Chemical weed control is an important tip of garden management, and it is useful to kill certain plants or inhibit them from growing. To control weeds, you have to use herbicides, so that you can maintain purity of your soil, prevent the attraction of insects and rodent and to facilitate water flow.
Top dressing is the application of a thin layer of soil over a grass area, and it is commonly used to smooth and level the surface or to modify the soil condition. It is important to use the right compost for your soil, thus be sure to know the composition of it. Top dressing is an operation that cannot improve laws affected by poor drainage, but it can be beneficial in correcting matted turf and improving water retention, alleviating disease and weeds.
Grooming or micro-verticutting is an operation that has the scope to prevent the grain effect and to improve the green fluency. With the groomer blades, leaves in the turf are lift up, and it’s easier to have the grass cut. This operation is used mostly in the golf courses.
Thatch is a soil layer composed by decomposing organic substances (for example roots), formed because of excessive nitrogenous fertilizations, asphyxiation of the soil or sudden modifications to the cut height. Dethatching is the operation needed to remove the thatch layer and to aerate your lawn. It is better to perform it in early autumn or after a light rain.
There are many other operations needed to aerate the lawn, generally not damaging your soil if not in a superficial way, like coring, scarifying or verticutting. What they all do is to remove plugs of your soil, and this helps loosen compacted soil and allows air and water to reach the roots.
A final tip: you need to have and use the right tools to get your lawn care right. Choose from professionals, or get their help: this will prevent you from waiting many seasons to come back to the starting point.
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