How to Keep the Yard Clean in Your Property

Nothing accentuates your home’s verdant, vibrant landscape like a tidy, clean lawn. A clean lawn accentuates its borders, highlights landscape attractions and adds complete value to the home using its aesthetic appeal. Maintaining a clean lawn, however, entails a bit more than picking up errant toys, lawn implements and trash. A clean, healthful lawn is well-manicured, well-irrigated and tended to on a daily basis in regard to trash cleanup and organization. Whether your lawn is composed of warm-season St. Augustinegrass or another grass variety, lots of the very same methods and guidelines apply.

Examine your lawn, and remove unnecessary rocks, twigs, branches, waste and other debris. Separate the debris into two stacks: compostable and non-compostable. Compostable waste contains anything you can place in the compost pile, such as twigs, branches and fallen tree berry. Non-compostable waste contains plastic, metal and other non-biodegradable products.

Check your lawn daily for animal waste, and dispose of it as needed. Maintaining a small, independent trash bin for animal waste minimizes odors in a lawn and segregates the waste from household trash.

Pull the weeds in your lawn by hand, or apply an all-purpose herbicide containing one of the following active ingredients: dicamba, 2,4-D or MCPP.

Rake your lawn with a lawn rake, and gather all compostable material, such as leaves and weeds, in a pile. Discard non-compostable substances. Place the compostable materials in your compost pile.

Mow cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass, to some span of 3 1/2 ins in summer and 2 1/2 to 3 inches in fall and spring. Cut warm-season grasses, such as zoysiagrass and Bermudagrass, to a height of 1 to 2 inches; cut St. Augustinegrass to 2 to 3 inches tall.

Water your lawn to a soil depth of 6 to 8 ins twice or once weekly or when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. If it rains, the lawn will need less hand-watering. It takes 1 gallon of water to penetrate 1 inch of lawn per square foot; therefore about 600 to 800 liters of water will irrigate a 100-square-foot lawn to a thickness to 6 to 8 inches.

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