A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.
We all want a lawn like the Joneses'. You know the one I am talking about; Green, lush, even grass, beautiful edging, and somehow it just constantly smells like summer. With some hard work on your part, your lawn could someday be the talk of the neighborhood. Grass is somewhat simple. While there are exceptions to every rule, these three basic steps could definitely put you on the right track.
1. Mow. Experts agree that one easy way to help your lawn look better during the summer is to mow it high. This means that your lawn mower is set higher off of the ground, allowing your grass to grow a little more overall. The more the grass grows above ground, the deeper the roots become. Deeper roots mean that grass is more likely to search deep in the soil for water, allowing it to nourish itself. Mowing is also important, because it encourages growth in the grass. Similar to getting a hair cut, a good trim can stimulate growth in your yard, making it healthier. Get a good lawn mower that has adjustable height settings, as well as a good sharp blade. Some used lawn mowers may do the job just fine, or renting a lawn mower is also a great option. If you look around, you can usually get a good deal on lawn care equipment.
2. Fertilize. Depending on the type of fertilizer you are using, you may need to feed your grass every 6-8 weeks. Fertilizers come with many different purposes, but one thing is certain: always apply fertilizer evenly and in an orderly fashion. Don't save time by trying to put more fertilizer down in some areas. Putting too much fertilizer in any one area can kill the grass there, or make your lawn have a striped effect (and not in the golf course kind of way). Again, it is important to have the proper equipment to do the job. Visit your local hardware store to find what you need to fertilize your lawn.
3. Aerate. Aeration is the process of putting small holes into your soil to introduce air and water, nourishing the grass deeply. This allows the lawn to breathe a little bit, making soil compaction a thing of the past. It is usually done once a year, during the growing season. This varies for the type of grass, so ask around your neighborhood. While it is possible to own an aerator, they are also for rent at your local hardware store.