Lush, springy lawns are the hallmark of a thriving HOA—so when your neighborhood turns up brown and scraggly, it can be a major blow to the ego, not to mention resident satisfaction! Your board no doubt needs practical, followable advice to get things looking green again, and Gassen, as providers of property management services, is here to help. Below, you’ll learn a few tips for pulling HOA lawns back from the brink of despair, as well as what can make them that way in the first place.
How’s the Water?
Grass operates much like any other plant. Too much water is just as bad as too little. While there isn’t much you can do to avoid excessive rainfall, and not much you can do to change a statewide drought like the one of recent years past, there’s plenty you can do to ensure the health of your lawns in the meantime.
A process known as aeration can help let a lawn “breathe,” according to The Spruce. By removing debris known as thatch, the article claims, aeration can prevent that thatch from holding onto excess moisture and compromising the health of your lawn. Early-morning watering, according to the South Dakota State University Extension, is best to stop drought conditions from evaporating the moisture the lawn needs to stay healthy.
How’s the Foot Traffic?
Lawns are meant for barbecuing and playing flying disc, of course, but too much treading on them can cause the soil to compact and the grass to dry out, resulting in that well-known sad and crusty look. It might be unavoidable in some cases, but if you plant the right kinds of cover, you won’t need to worry as much.
Gardening Knowhow recommends chamomile or creeping thyme for particularly traffic-prone areas. You can also strategically place patios or play mulch, the gardening publication says,
How’s the Soil Quality?
Soil quality refers to how well the soil is “cooperating” with what we need it to do. It’s a subjective term that has many variables—and one important one is PH, or how acidic or basic the soil is. According to ACME How To, “grass is best able to absorb nutrients in a slightly acidic soil, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0.” Having your soil tested if you have problems with lawn growth is always a smart idea, and it should play an important role in HOA maintenance.
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