The health and appearance of your lawn and landscaping can have a big effect on the appearance of your home. Whether your lawn is suffering from heat stress, insect damage, or lack of fertilization, you can make some easy adjustments to improve your lawn's health. Here are some tips to help you keep an attractive lawn that remains healthy all year long.

Make Sure Your Lawn Gets Enough Water

Watering your lawn appropriately is one of the easiest things you can do to take care of your lawn's health, especially if you have an automatic sprinkler system installed in your yard. A programmable sprinkler system makes it easy to water your lawn early in the morning to reduce evaporation from the sun's heat. If you don't have a sprinkler system, use a manual sprinkler to water early in the morning.

And you can set your sprinkler's timer for a specific length of time easy watering session. But first you need to find out how much water your sprinklers deliver to your lawn, which you can measure with an empty tuna can or a plastic bowl. Place the bowl in your yard when you water and measure the depth of the water after the session. Your lawn needs one to one and one-half inches each week to stay healthy, so adjust your watering to provide this amount to your lawn.

Trim the Lawn Appropriately

The timing you mow your lawn can also affect its health. Mowing too infrequently, for example, can cut off too much of your lawn's length and cause stress. This can also expose your lawn's roots to the sun and cause sun scorch and lead to its drying out. Mow your lawn each week to trim off less than half of its length and to keep it looking lush and healthy.

If your lawn has grown too long due to lack of a regular mowing schedule, raise the height of your mower to trim the top of the lawn. Then a few days later, repeat the process again to cut more off the length of your lawn without damaging the lawn. Or consider calling professional mowers such as KG Lawncare.

Treat Insect and Pest Damage

There are many types of insects and lawn pests that can damage and kill off large areas of your lawn. This can include pests, such as ants, grub worms, cutworms, webworms, and Japanese beetles. Some of these pests will feast on the root and stem of your lawn plants, causing your lawn to die quickly in patches. Be sure you talk to a local landscaper to help you diagnose what pest your lawn is suffering from and to help you apply a proper pesticide on your lawn to kill the pests.