Lawn looking lousy? Grow green grass with these 5 tips
To some homeowners, a healthy lawn shows dedication and pride in their property. They work all year for a lawn that looks as nice as a Major League Baseball outfield on opening day.
A well-manicured yard is part of keeping up with the Joneses, and a lush lawn makes neighbors green with envy.
Don’t goof up on your grass this spring. Check out these tips for a greener lawn.
1. Realize how to fertilize. Chris Crenshaw, owner of highly rated Crenshaw Landscaping in Brentwood, Tennessee, recommends using a slow-release fertilizer to sustain a green lawn. He says you won’t get a lot of growth right away, such as with fast-release fertilizers, but over time you’ll see the benefits. “Slow-release fertilizer spreads nitrogen over a period of a couple months,” he says.
2. Toil with the soil. Philip Germann, owner of highly rated GreenLawn Specialists in Lewis Center, Ohio, says homebuilders often lay sod in newer neighborhoods on top of rocky clay that is full of construction debris, which hinders lawn growth. “If you water and fertilize perfectly, you can possibly overcome this,” he says. Germann says aerating and composting helps improve the condition of the soil, and converts struggling sod into a luscious landscape.
3. Don’t mow too low. Crenshaw says that for every inch of grass above the ground, there’s an inch of roots below. If you mow too close to the earth, the roots may die out, leaving you with a lackluster lawn by summer. He says 4 inches is the perfect height to sustain healthy grass.
4. Drench an inch. Germann says over-watering is just as bad as under-watering. He says the general rule is to water the lawn an inch per week, but you may need to water a little less in cooler weather and a little more in hot temperatures. “Your lawn’s water needs will depend on your soil type and weather,” he says. There are also controls on some irrigation systems that measure temperature and rainfall, and then adjust watering accordingly.
5. Don’t feed the weeds. According to Crenshaw, if you use a product that contains both fertilizer and weed killer, you need to carefully follow the directions. He says weed killer only sticks to weeds when they’re wet, so if you apply it when your lawn is dry, you’ll essentially fertilize the weeds. He suggests spreading these products in the morning when the dew is fresh.
The grass CAN be greener on your side, but it takes hard work and dedication. If you get in over your head, contact a highly rated lawn care professional.