Did you know that proper lawn maintenance is essential to ensure your kids maximize fun with their favorite yard games? Everyone remembers the fun of playing games outside in the front or backyard. Whether your kids want to play football, ultimate frisbee or capture the flag, these timeless games can be more fun without the itchy bugs or weeds. The most common discomfort comes from biting bugs like chiggers, and uneven patches/holes in the ground.
Do you remember having to stop playing backyard football because little Timmy’s foot got twisted in a small hole? These hazards seemed quite par the course back when we were kids, but with these quick tips, your kids will appreciate the comfort of having a beautiful lawn to play games in.
In addition to being a summertime nuisance, itchy bugs such as mosquitoes, fire ants, and chiggers can sometimes carry diseases, which might hurt your children in the process. To make matters worse, some children may even be allergic to these insects.
So before you send your child out to play rugby, capture the flag, tag, or any other game that involves tackling, be sure to keep in mind as to what kinds of pests you have hiding inside your lawn, as well as what type of grass and soil is on your yard. Some insects react to different types of care better than others, depending on both the pH level of the soil, as well as what kind of grass is growing in your yard.
Whether it be super long grass or grass that has brown patches on it, uneven grass can pose a danger to children. For one, nasty insects such as ticks and chiggers love to hide in tall grass. So the moment that your child runs across the grass while playing soccer or archery, they would come out and attach to your kids without your kids even knowing what hit them. Two, brown patches can easily cause a child to fall down and scrape his or her knees, thereby causing them to be exposed to unnecessary pathogens that might make them sick(or worse…). Three, uneven grass is just not fun for kids to play on.
In addition to testing the pH of the soil, as well as making sure that the grass is even, be sure that your grass is trimmed at least once a week, depending on the growing season and conditions. Here at Victory Lawn Care Services, we utilize mulching mowers so that we can easily cut the grass without killing it while we’re killing off all of those nasty bugs in the process.
Deep Holes in the Ground
Lawns with lumps, ruts and low spots are not only a safety hazard but can be a sign of a bigger problem in your yard. Uneven ground underfoot is treacherous for running and playing. Kids will be unaware of a hole in a yard when trying to catch a football or frisbee, accidentally falling and twisting their ankles. Some kids have even dislocated their ankles or knees from these hazards. Ouch!
As important as it is to fix this problem asap, it is best first to identify what the underlying cause of the holes may be. Sometimes, it can be caused by a mole or a chipmunk. Other times, it can be a sign of an old sinkhole. So merely filling the hole may not be the best option. Unless you know the cause for sure, it is best to get a professional to come out and assess the situation.
Weeds can not only cause your child to trip and fall, but they can also be uncomfortable if your child falls on top of them(especially if they have prickly components such as lawn burweed). Kids may think dandelions are pretty, and will even use them as a late Mothers day/Fathers day present.
Nonetheless, most landscaping enthusiasts agree that they are an unwelcome guest in your yard. Also, with your children’s help, the weeds will have no problem spreading all over your yard. So if possible, be sure to take good care of them before your child makes blowing them across the yard as their new favorite game.
So what were some lawn games that you liked to play as a kid? Do you have any other lawn care tips that you think should be worth noting? Be sure to leave us a comment so that we can come up with more lawn and gardening tips and tricks to help you out.
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