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How to Properly Maintain Your Turf

Turf maintenance naturally requires extensive work to prevent worms and moles that intentionally destroy its ideal beauty. There are many turf varieties like Matilda Lawn, Palmetto Buffalo grass, Soft-Leaf Buffalo Grass, Empire Zoysia, Village Green Kikuyu, Kenda Kikuyu, Kikuyu Turf and, Wintergreen Couch, hence the maintenance are the same.

 

The green hue is very relaxing to the eyes therefore, having turf in front yard lessens the eye strain and instantly gives delight to the people who perceive it. Hence, this is the list to follow on how to maintain your turf and surely you will obtain the best turf in town.

 

Mowing

You can buy a mower or hire a mowing company near you to do the job as turf mowing is necessary to maintain its proper length and irregular edges, mowing schedule varies from the season. Generally, weekly mowing is suggested to keep the turf neat, and clean; during spring you need to mow biweekly.

 

Edging

Turf edging is required after mowing as a perfect finishing touch. Edging establishes pristine and attractive boundaries to your lawn. Investing to a good edge trimmer is great, use it weekly as per standard recommendation.

Moss

A miniature plant, flowerless that grows tremendously in shady areas. Instead of sprouting flowers, it produces spores most often it grows stems with leaves. 

 

How to get rid Moss

  • Properly apply liquid iron as it intentionally kills the moss an hour or two. 
  • Lessen the acid in soil by adding lime.
  • Enhance the turf lawn drainage system. Less stagnant water lessens the moisture for the moss.
  • Lawn fertilization
  • Remove the dead moss once it turns brown or yellow.
  • Limit the watering. Excess water entices moss build-up.

 

Lawn thatching 

Represent a section of dead and alive grass shoots and starts when it produces little bits and pieces of grass die and gather merely above the soil. 

How to get rid thatch

  • You can use hands or a thatch remover machine. You may also:
  • Thatch rake for thick layers
  • Leaf rake to gather and eliminate dead thatch and other deceased plants.
  • Watering turf lawn as recommended to promote growth.

 

Moles

A creature residing beneath the soil by tunneling and digging that destroy grassroots. They prefer eating insects and not plants. 

 

How to get rid Moles

  • Bait and Poison – use warfarin and zinc phosphide. Read the instructions carefully before setting it in the ground.
  • Physical Barriers 
  • Improve the drainage – Lessen the moisture on the turf lawn so that it is less favorably to mole tunneling and digging.
  • Call a Professional/Hire a Local Exterminator – if things are not in control and DIY is not effective as it should be, call an expert to eradicate the moles in your lawn before its too late. For a comprehensive study on how to get rid of the moles, visit pests.org.

 

Weed Control

Weed will typically start to grow based on how often the owner maintains the turf and its normal. Weeds can be removed through chemical control or manually remove by hands. There are plenty of types of weed that basically sprout the turf lawns like:

1. BINDWEED

Also known as morning glory, European bindweed, or creeping jenny is a broad-leaved, perennial plant that is native to Europe and is currently found throughout the world. During the first year, it can grow from a seed into a plant with a root system five feet deep and ten feet in diameter with many plant shoots. It stores nutrients in its root that can reach depths more than fifteen feet and even the root is destroyed it can cultivate new plants.

How to control Bindweed or Morning Glory

When chemical control is considered, it is recommended to use herbicide on mature morning glory. It absorbed into the plant tissue and scatters to its parts. It does not guarantee to totally prevent the plant as it merely kills the plants but not the seeds or terminate them from sprouting. However, the combining of herbicides and non-chemical approach is guaranteed work the best for long-term removal. Apply the herbicide to the roots and gradually remove it. Monitor it weekly to prevent the formation of new plant shoots. Also, plant a dense turf in the area

 

2. LAMBSQUARTERS

According to the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), this plant rank as the most common weed in lush gardens. This type of weed grows faster and spread exceedingly.

 

How to get rid Lambsquarters

During summer this type of weed absorbs moisture from the soil; it is recommended to remove by hand or use a sharp hoe. 

 

Quick Trivia:

Let’s assume you did not use herbicides and alike, the young shoots of lambsquarters are edible either raw or cooked. 

See 5 Ways to Enjoy Lambs Quarters

 

3. PIGWEED (AMARANTH)

This type of weed is considered the most problematic weed. 

How to get rid Pigweed

Using chemicals like herbicides is not really necessary as it is only recommended to pull pigweed before the flower sprouts. 

 

Quick Trivia:

Pigweed is also edible but only if the owner did not use any chemicals. It is high in nutritional content and preferably for a delicious salad.

 See Foods Indigenous to the Western Hemisphere

 

4. BUCKHORN PLANTAIN

This type of weed reproduces through its seeds. This is present mostly in pastures, meadows and turf lawns

How to get rid Buckhorn Plantain

Using chemicals like herbicides is not exactly necessary as it is only recommended to pull buckhorn plantain and ripped it to completely remove in your lawn.

 

Quick Trivia:

Buckhorn Plantain is also edible preferably if the leaves are young and soft. You can enjoy this if you did not use any chemicals.

5. CRABGRASS

A type of weed that sprouts in thin and bare spots in the lawn. Single crabgrass can produce thousands of seeds that can rapidly sprout in your area.

How to get rid crabgrass

Crabgrass is way too easy to manage unlike other types of weed. Using chemicals like herbicides aren’t necessary as it is only recommended to hoeing and hand pulling. Regularly mowing the lawn to the height of 2-4 inches is recommended.

6. QUACKGRASS

Perennial grass is easily perceived by its long, tapered blades that are thicker than the average blade of grass. 

How to get rid quackgrass

Removing this weed is tricky and necessitate persistence. It is unnecessary to use a substance to destroy quackgrass. If you distinguish this type of weed in your lawn, it’s a must to remove it quickly by hand pulling because destroying it by simply spraying an herbicide, this weed is responsive to weed killers and the best option is only hand-pulling.

 

7. CHICKWEED

There are two chickweed varieties, common (Stellaria media) and sticky (Cerastium glomeratum) that grow in low maintenance lawns and gardens.

How to get rid chickweed

Fortunately, eradicating this weed is easy if it bears no flowers. Remove it quickly as its germination is short as well as flower production. Eliminate this through hand-pulling or hoeing. 

8. DANDELION

A type of plant that flowers yellow hue and an herb native to Europe according to the botanist. 

Quick Trivia: Dandelion can cure many illnesses such as:

  • Tonsillitis
  • heart failure
  • loss of appetite
  • upset stomach
  • intestinal gas
  • Gallstones
  • improving bile flow
  • joint pain
  • arthritis pain
  • muscle aches
  • Eczema
  • Bruises
  • urine production (taken by mouth)
  • increase bowel movements (taken by mouth)

 

In food, it is ideal for salads, soups wine and teas.

 

How to get rid dandelion

Extracting it by hand-pulling or hoeing is pointless unless done repeatedly which is quite tedious. Uproot dandelions by firmly holding the base and flutter or shake it. Aim to get the whole dandelion root all at once because if something remains most probably another dandelion will grow. 

 

9. PURSLANE

or Portulaca oleracea, a garden weed that provides many health benefits.

How to get rid purslane

It does not require using any chemicals and can be removed by hand-pulling. 

 

Quick Trivia:

This succulent and edible plant has a huge number of nutritional benefits such as:

  • 6x the vitamin E compare to spinach
  • 7x the beta-carotene of carrots
  • 14x the Omega 3 fatty acids

 

 

10. NUTSEDGE 

are perennial weeds, V-shaped, thicker and rigid. It is considered as one of the most problematic weeds for vegetation and able to absolutely reduce the harvest. If you see this weed in your lawn, it is tough to control, and you probably have a problem in soil drainage or have a waterlogged.

How to get rid Nutsedge

Do not wait until it matures and develops tubers. If you can limit the productivity of tubers, you totally control the nutsedge because herbicides do not guarantee to eradicate this type of weed.

 

Key Takeaway

Turf lawn maintenance indeed requires a huge effort to stabilize the beauty of it. These turf maintenance tips are only recommended for small and still manageable turf area. If it is considerably expanded, you might need help to reduce the time you are spending on maintenance, instead, do the most valuable stuff that you need to.

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