How to avoid lawn failures, Many garden owners dream of a perfect, even lawn. With intense green, to contemplate, to play with the children, for a football match or a pleasant picnic. For this reason, we choose the most beautiful grass, invest in a good lawn mower and water it with the hose every now and then. But to have a perfect lawn at home, it takes a lot more than watering and trimming every now and then. For a green and long-lasting lawn, we must take care that the lawn maintenance is always up to date. Preferably within a schedule.
Not following a good management often ends up causing flaws, stains and the appearance of pests and diseases on the lawn, in addition to being eternally fighting and insisting on mistakes that do not help and hinder the recovery of the grass. Many times people come to think of the lawn as something with an expiration date, which needs to be changed from time to time, as problems accumulate. In this article, we will explain the main causes of lawn failures and how to
solve them through good management and planning.
How to avoid lawn failures
1. Lawn in the shade:
One of the main problems. Many people insist on planting and replanting lawns in shady areas. And despite so much care, she insists
on dying every time. Why does it happen? Grasses in general have high light requirements, needing at least 6 hours a day to stay
healthy and regenerate from frequent trampling and pruning. Some species, such as carlos grass, have a greater resistance to shady
areas, but still, they are not in their best shape. It’s worth a try if the area gets a few hours of sun a day and doesn’t get trampled,
but don’t insist if you notice it starting to fail in these places. Prefer to use proper bedding for shaded areas. Your garden will gain
color, contrast, texture and interest, as well as a healthier, flawless look.
2. Compacted soil:
In many Brazilian regions, excluding coastal areas, the most common is to come across very clayey, heavy, hard and compacted soils.
And little is done to improve this aspect before and after planting the lawn. However, grass roots, like many other plant species, need
aeration and good drainage so they can breathe and thrive. Thus, it is necessary to prepare the soil with a good layer rich in organic
matter and sand, so that the grass has a suitable and aerated cradle to develop. Even so, with the passage of time, the action of
erosion and the natural consumption of organic matter by soil microorganisms, combined with trampling, compaction returns to
the lawn, generating flaws and other problems. Therefore, it is imperative to regularly replenish the organic matter and unpack the
entire lawn by drilling, with a rake, fork or other tool, so that the roots can breathe again.
3. Acid soil:
In general, cultivated and ornamental plants prefer a pH-neutral soil to develop. And the lawn is no different. Acidic soil impairs the
absorption of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, causing the lawn to use only a tiny part of the fertilizer with
each fertilization, and the rest ends up being dragged by rainwater. Fundamental to prevent this problem is liming, which must be
carried out before the implementation of the lawn, and then as maintenance, periodically every two years, since the limestone takes
a long time to react and descend in the soil extracts. In addition to neutralizing the pH of the soil, it also reduces aluminum and
free manganese, which in excess are toxic to plants. Liming must be carried out according to soil analysis and interpretation of
results by a qualified agronomist or forestry engineer. The doses usually vary between 100 to 200 grams of limestone per square
meter of area. Despite this, it is necessary to be careful with excess, since alkaline soil also reduces the absorption of nutrients by plants.
Just as the physical conditions of the soil are the primary reasons for turf failure, too much or too little water can also cause problems.
For obvious reasons, prolonged drought, without supplemental irrigation in the period, will cause serious damage to the lawn, which
in many cases is irreversible. However, as well as the lack, the excess is also harmful, as it favors the appearance of fungal diseases and
reduces the aeration of grassy areas. Thus, it is important that the lawn has a good water management, preferably with automated
irrigation and optimized through humidity, temperature and light sensors. Keeping the lawn well hydrated, watering deeply rather
than frequently is healthier and allows it to strengthen, become more resistant to periods of lack of water, reduces erosion and decreases
the incidence of diseases and pests related to water imbalances.
How to avoid lawn failures
These are the primary causes of turf failure. There are also secondary failures such as intense trampling, dog urine, diseases, pests,
improper application of substrates, use of herbicides, pruning too low or with the wrong frequency, etc. Understand that secondary
failures arise in most cases from poor management of the areas. In this way, when we want a beautiful and well-kept lawn, it is
necessary that we have a schedule for pruning, fertilization, irrigation, substrate replacement (topsoil) so that we can prevent the
appearance of failures, instead of being all the time fixing and correcting. The lawn does not need to be seen as something that
has a short duration, that must be changed from time to time, it is enough that we get it right, to reduce costs with its maintenance,
and so that we can enjoy all its beauty and resistance. and enjoy with the family.
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