If you have ever had a lawn, you know that green grass is difficult to grow and maintain. For those of you who are growing grass or struggling with keeping green grass, we’ve provided some information to help your lawn look as green as ever!
Choosing the right grass seeds
If you choose the right grass seed, it will make all the difference with keeping your lawn nice and green. The right kind of seed to choose will depend on where you live and what type of soil is in your garden.
Make sure that you choose the kind of seed better suited for your individual soil and for the climate which you live in.
Get a pH test
You will want to make sure that your soil is at the right pH level, or else growing green grass is almost impossible. Collect a small amount of soil from a couple of different parts of your yard and take it in to be tested.
You can take it to a garden center, or look up areas around you that offer soil testing. An ideal pH level is anywhere between a 6 and a 7.2.
Mowing your lawn
If you want a green lawn, you have to mow it properly. First, know what kind of grass is in your yard, and set your lawnmower at the proper height to cut your grass. When mowing, make sure to never mow more than ⅓ of an inch off of the tips of the grass blades.
If you cut below ⅓ of an inch, it will damage your grassroots, which could damage the growth and the color of your lawn. Be sure to mow when your grass is dry — this will make it easier for you to cut the grass and clean up afterward.
You need to be careful with how often and how much you water your lawn. If you water your grass for too long, it will become prone to disease.
If you water it frequently in short amounts of time, the roots will become short and unstable. Water your garden during the morning — anytime between 6 to 10 a.m. is ideal.
Try to give your grass ½ of an inch of water, twice a week. Ensure that your sprinklers are distributing water evenly across your lawn — you can do this by setting out empty cans around your garden while the sprinklers are running. If each can has around the same amount of water in it after they’re done, your sprinklers are working pretty well!
Knowing when and how to fertilize your lawn will really help with its growth and color. Fertilizing helps strengthen the roots of your grass to better prepare for rough weather during the year.
If you want your lawn to retain a green color, you need to plan on fertilizing fairly often. Some good times to fertilize are early and late spring, summer, and fall.
Don’t fertilize too much
Fertilizing your lawn too often will increase its growth, thus increasing its chance of getting disease and insect infestations. Fertilize your lawn during spring when the grass begins to turn green, or during fall months like October or November. Don’t use fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
You also want to make sure that your fertilizer has the right amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Be aware of the pH level of your soil, as this will help you to know which ingredients it needs. Rich soil means a green lawn!
Avoid using pesticides
Pesticides kill living things, which means that they will kill the living things that will make your grass’s soil richer.
Each lawn is different, which means you need to pay attention to your grass. Don’t let your grass get taller than 4 ½ inches. When you mow, make sure that you never cut off more than ⅓ of the grass blades (it will damage the grass blades if you cut off any more).
Another thing to remember is to keep the blades on your lawn mower sharp. This will allow your grass to have a clean-cut and fresh look.
Keep weeds out
The less your grass has to battle against, the more green it will be. Make sure that you keep your weeds under control! You can either pull, hoe, or use a weeder. Just be sure that you remove the roots of the weeds as well.
Check and see if your lawn has compaction problems! Examine the roots of your grass by digging a square portion. If your grass roots do not extend for more than 2 inches, then your lawn could probably benefit from being aerated.
When aerating, ensure that you have watered your lawn within the last couple of days (but not on the day you’re aerating). Rent an aerator and run it over your lawn only once. Then place compost or sand over the area.