Lawn care appears to be a time-consuming task that few of us have time for. Or, alternatively, we have the time but don’t want to deal with it. You’re probably the type of person who believes that a beautiful lawn isn’t worth your time and money if you include it in the cost of lawn care.
What would you say and do if we told you that there are a number of lawn care hacks out there that can help you save money? We’ve done all of the legwork for you and are delighted to offer all of the ways you can save money while still having a beautiful yard.
There are a few shortcuts you may use when it comes to caring for your lawn. Here are a half-dozen ideas you can try at home:
1. Use soap to soften thorny places
Superintendents on the golf course frequently use wetting agents, which are chemical compounds that lower water’s surface tension, allowing water molecules to bind more readily with the soil and soak more equally into the ground.
Isn’t that sophisticated? Except that regular dish soap works in the same way. When you have a problem location in your yard, like a hard, compacted patch that won’t let water through, Guilfoil recommends filling a liquid feeder (one of those Miracle-Gro sprayers) with
Dawn or Ivory and attaching it to your garden hose when you water. That soapy water will more quickly permeate the soil, giving your struggling patch of grass a better drink. The moisture softens the ground as well, making it more responsive to watering the following time around.
2. Use vinegar to kill weeds
A great combo is a salt and vinegar. It’s fantastic on potato chips. Weeds, as well. You’ll need around a gallon of white vinegar, along with a cup of salt and a spoonful of dish soap, according to Guilfoil. Put the liquid medley in a sprayer and go after your crabgrass and other invaders, fully coating them with your own solution (the dish soap will help your weed killer cling to the leaves).
Avoid spraying the lawn itself while you’re working, as too much salt in the soil may inhibit grass and other beneficial plants from sprouting.
Another method for killing weeds, according to Guilfoil, is to cover them with rock salt or driveway salt. However, this method should only be used on lawns with salt-resistant turfs, such as seashore paspalum. Though some grass near the weeds may be burned by the salt, Guilfoil claims that it recovers rapidly.
3. Mulch your own lawn
It’s also a simple way to fertilize the grounds because the clippings degrade and become nutrients for the turf. Don’t catch the clippings the next time you mow. Allow them to decompose into a natural feast on your grass. It helps if you have a mulching mower, which, unlike a conventional mower, has multiple blades that cut the grass while also chopping up the clippings in one pass. (By the way, the same goes for leaves.) They make excellent fertilizer when ground up.)
4. Use your rake wisely
With lawns in cooler climates currently covered with leaves, this is a topical topic. Raking is difficult to work, but don’t make it any more difficult than it needs to be. Rake with the wind to avoid a breeze ruining your piles; organize the leaves into lines rather than a large pile in the middle of your lawn — it’s far more efficient, and choose a rake with at least a 30-inch spread and slanted tines that don’t become jammed. A good rake, like a good putter, will save you a lot of time and aggravation (not to mention backache).
5. Develop your punching skills
Aerification promotes the passage of oxygen and nutrients into the root zone, which is beneficial to grass. Superintendents use machines to assist them to accomplish their jobs, and you may rent or buy copies of those machines. However, if you are prepared to put in some effort, the job can also be done manually. You could, for example, poke holes in the turf with a sharp knife or a kitchen fork, but Guilfoil warns that depending on how large and soft your lawn is, this may take a long time.
6. How to Deal with Frost
People in the Phoenix area frequently use Styrofoam cups to protect the tips of cacti and other plants against frost damage. Though this method works, it becomes a problem when the winds pick up and sweep the cups away, resulting in a squall of Styrofoam litter, according to Guilfoil.