Every homeowner wants to grow and maintain healthy turf as a way of increasing the value of their property. However, it's sometimes a challenge to some people because they don't know how they should go about it. Growing attractive and healthy turf isn't easy. It requires you to assess if it will be secure for your pets and kids. Actually, it can be less tasking if you have a turf management program. This means you need to know what you could do to maintain the turf healthy and looking great. Here are tips to help you grow healthy turf.
Choose the Right Turf
With different turf species or types available these days, choosing the most suitable species might be a bit confusing. Nonetheless, the environmental aspects in your area can determine the turf you choose. It's advisable to consider why you need to grow the turf before you buy it. Consider whether the turf has adequate shade and if it spreads properly. If you don't get adequate rainfall annually in your area, select turf that tolerates summer stress and one that germinates fast. Where possible, invest in low-maintenance turf so you can save some money.
Test your soil
Getting a healthy lawn may not be possible if the soil isn't healthy. So, get an expert to test your soil to know the nutrients it lacks and those you should regulate. Good soil should retain nutrients and hold moisture for your turf to grow in a healthy manner. If you don't test the soil, you may not know the biological activities it can promote or how you could stabilise the lawn. Most people end up applying the wrong fertilisers if they don't first test the soil. The fertiliser that the turf requires depends on the amount salts in the soil, pH level and soil fertility.
Understand the Turf's Water Requirements
Watering is critical if you want to grow a healthy turf on your lawn. Nonetheless, ensure you understand the turf's watering needs to avoid problems. Different turf species have different water needs — some species require frequent watering while others don't. The water requirements of your turf may depend on the rooting depth, growth rate and growth habit. Also, watering may depend on the type of soil on your lawn and its ability to hold moisture. You can choose dormant or drought-tolerant turf to minimise watering.
So, before you choose turf for your lawn, ensure you bear in mind some factors. This way, you will know the turf species that could grow best in your lawn than others. If you find it hard to choose the right turf for your lawn, seek help from a landscaping professional.