We wanted to give you an update on our lawn, and how we rescued it from splotchy-and-barely-surviving and took it to thriving.
Previously, all we did to the lawn was water it and mow it every now and then. We figured we had enough on our hands fixing up the inside of the house to bother with the outside, and merely just limited our time spent on the exterior stuff to strictly upkeep.
We had inherited a yard that needed a bit of work: the front yard had alot of weeds in several spots, the grass was very thin and sparse, and there were several dead areas of grass - thanks to Barley. I tell ya, it's a good thing he's cute.
Anyways, we did a little reading on lawncare (because yes, we are amateurs when it comes to yards and plants, too!), and came to the conclusion that the yard needed a Spring Sprucing-Up. So we grabbed our rakes and raked the entire thing, to get stuff called "thrush" out of it, which is basically a bunch of dead stuff under the green grass - dead leaves, dead grass, perhaps even some old doggie "presents". We managed to fill a whole trash can full of thrush.
Then, we proceeded to break up the hard areas of dirt in the yard by using some sort of crazy ninja-star tool, that's supposed to weed/break up dirt/mix all at the same time. It's way cool, and totally worth the 25$. Plus, we feel super awesome when we wield this baby out there in the yard.
After that was done, we went around to all the bare spots of clumpy dirt and added some topsoil. Then we topped it off with our Patch Master Grass Kit stuff - which really just looks like lime green/aqua blue insulation with little grass seeds in it. We spread it on the spots. It made our yard look "special".
Our neighbors came over asking why we put insulation (or dryer lint) on our lawn.
Then we watered it twice a day for 7-14 days, although the little seedlings took a bit longer than that to start really springing up. About a month later, and here's what our front lawn looks like:
Big difference, no? Apparently our neighbors were pretty impressed, too - they've already come over asking what exactly we used on the grass (our special looking "insulation", or lint) to get it looking so nice. And compliments galore. Or, they're probably just glad that we're not burying a patio or parking our cars on the grass, like the previous owners/tenants. Just sayin'.
So - let's talk lawns. Do you have any seasonal secrets stored in your lawncare arsenal that you bring out every year? Do you let your lawn "live and let live"? Do you mow your grass super high? Any tips for getting out weeds and the like for us? (we definitely need some tips there!) We'd love to know how you keep your lawn looking lush!
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