They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some things you can do to get a lush, dark green lawn. Whether you’re a beginner or the reigning garden-of-the-year champ, these tips can show you how to get your grass greener.
If you already have a lawn planted and are just looking to spruce it up a bit, there are a few things you can do to improve the look and health of your lawn. Fertilizers, whether they’re homemade compost or store bought, are an excellent way to get a fuller, more beautiful lawn. Make sure you’re fertilizing regularly, and don’t forget to fertilize in the fall. Fertilizing in the fall ensures your lawn survives winter, as it helps the grass bulk up before the cold months, like a bear about to hibernate, so you’ll see a stronger return in the spring.
Another easy way to improve the look of your lawn is changing the way you mow it. Check your blades to see if they’re becoming dull, and sharpen them if you need to. Dull blades tear the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, and torn grass turns brown much more quickly. Consider changing the height you cut at, and not taking quite as much off the top. Cutting too much of any plant at once can stress it out, and grass is no exception. Trimming off just the ends leads to a healthier, greener lawn. If you find that you typically mow in the same pattern, you’re likely crushing the same sections of grass each time with your wheels. Add a little variety to your mowing route and you can easily avoid this problem.
Watering your lawn is also important. In many climates, your grass should get most of the water it needs from rain, with only occasional watering to supplement it. If you live somewhere drier, you may need to water your lawn more frequently. Water your lawn early in the morning or in late afternoon so that the water has time to soak in before evaporating; this will help avoid burning your grass.
In the event of a drought, you can conserve water by creating a rain barrel or by saving some of the water you use that might otherwise be poured down the drain. As long as the water doesn’t have any chemicals or a lot of salt mixed in, you can use it to water your lawn.
If you haven’t already established your lawn, here are some things you can do to ensure your new lawn comes up strong, lush, and vibrant green. First, make sure your soil is properly loosened and aerated. This makes it easier for the roots to grow thick and strong and for the plants to get plenty of oxygen. You can turn an inch or two of topsoil, as you would in a garden, with professional aerators or with a trowel or garden fork. Dandelions, often considered the bane of lawn care, actually break soil up and aerate lawns naturally due to their long, strong roots. If you find that your lawn is filled with dandelions, let them do some of the work for you before getting rid of them.
Seeding thickly and reseeding in the spring, especially if you have thin spots in your lawn, helps maintain a thick, luscious yard.
There are plenty of chemical and organic sprays that say they’ll make your grass greener, but knowing which one is right for your lawn can be a challenge. If the pH of your soil is higher than seven, look for sprays or fertilizers that include iron sulfate or sulfur. Homemade compost is typically great for this. For a soil pH lower than six, look for sprays or treatments that include limestone. Sprays and fertilizers that are slow releasing or release nutrients in stages over a period of time are excellent for helping your grass fend off weeds, which leads to a greener, healthier lawn.
Grass grows almost everywhere, and there is certainly no shortage of varieties. If you’re looking for dark green grass, Kentucky bluegrass is a favorite of many lawn experts, with perennial ryegrass not far behind. Both have dark, rich colors and grow quickly and thickly, but they also both prefer cooler climates over warmer ones. If you live farther south, look for floratam, a variety of St. Augustine grass. It grows slower than Kentucky bluegrass but has a similar dark green color. Bermuda grass, another southern favorite, grows more quickly than floratam and is also a deep, rich green.
If you’d like something vibrant but light, check out centipede grass! It has an interesting, pale blue-green color that’s sure to turn heads.
Lawn care doesn’t need to be stressful, and a green lawn doesn’t have to be out of reach. These tips and tricks can help you get and keep the lawn of your dreams. With a little work and some patience, even the driest brown lawn can become lush, beautiful, and green.
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