There’s more to achieving green grass than just giving it a bit of water every now and then. Why not make this the year that you have a plush, green lawn that all your neighbors will envy! A green lawn can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal and can make spending time in your yard much more enjoyable.
Follow these instructions for a nice, green lawn:
- Seed your lawn with a variety of grass seeds that work best for your lawn. Not all grass is the same. Some varieties prefer shady areas, while some thrive in the sun. Some do better in cooler weather, while some like warmer climates. If part of your yard is shaded by trees and the rest sits in the sun, buy two different types of grass. Your local nursery or home improvement store will have a myriad of grass seeds to choose from. Planting more grass will also prevent weeds. Thick grass will choke out weeds, making it hard for them to grow.
- Grass needs healthy soil in order to thrive. Test your soil with a soil test kit to determine whether your soil lacks necessary nutrients. Typically you should test for nitrogen, phosphorus, pH levels and other elements. If you’re lacking any crucial elements, you can correct the problem with natural fertilizers. Fertilizers are designed to release necessary nutrients over a period of time.
- In addition making sure that your grass has enough nutrients to grow, you should give your grass plenty of water. It’s better to give your lawn a deep watering less often than it is to give your lawn a shallow watering every day. Experts say that you should water your grass with 1 inch of water each week. It’s also suggested that you water your lawn in the morning when there’s less wind and the water is less likely to evaporate.
- You should mow your lawn one day after watering. It will help your lawn heal better after the cut and prevent the tips from browning. Sharpen the blades on your lawn mower to give your grass a cleaner cut. If your grass has jagged edges after its cut, this is an indication that you need to sharpen your mower. This will also help the grass recover faster. Cutting your grass in the evening puts less stress on your grass compared to mowing when the sun is blazing down on your grass in the afternoon. You should also be careful to not cut your grass too short. According to experts, removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade will put stress on your lawn because tall grass holds more moisture and therefore stays greener than short grass. You should recycle your grass after its cut. Just leave the grass clippings on your lawn instead of throwing them away! They will decompose and return nutrients to your soil. Recycling your grass saves time and acts as a natural fertilizer.
- Aerate your lawn each spring to allow water, nutrients, and air to access the roots. Chances are that over time the soil beneath your lawn has become very compact. Compacted soil results in issues with proper air circulation, water drainage, and nutrient absorption. With proper aeration, your grass will make better use of water and nutrients, and microorganisms such as earth worms can thrive in your soil.