How to Make Your Lawn Grass Greener
The grass might always seem greener on the other side of the street. But follow these steps and you will end up with the greenest lawn on your block.
Step 1: Test Your Soil
Testing the nutrient and pH level of your lawn’s soil is crucial. As it will provide you with a more specific grass species and fertilizer suited to your soil’s characteristics. Many DIY tool kits and gardening services are available for this purpose.
Step 2: Aerate and Fertilize
Before applying fertilizer we have to make sure the fertilizer will reach the soil properly; if the soil is too compact, problems with air circulation & nutrient absorption will arise and beneficial soil organisms will not grow. Aeration can be done by simply punching holes throughout your lawn. Ideally in the spring or fall and just before fertilization. Read this article to learn more about aerating your lawn and our review article on some of the top aerating sandals for your lawn.
Then you have to apply the recommended fertilizer as per the provided instruction. After fertilizing, lightly water your lawn to wash any excess off and to help the fertilizer reach the roots. Read this article on how frequently you should fertilize your lawn.
Image: an aerating tool
Step 3: Planting the right Seed
Based on your location’s climate conditions, Choose a variety of grass seed that will flourish better. Whether you are growing grasses for the first time or fixing up an existing patch, you’ll need the right seed that suits your location.
If you are unable to change your current species or already have a preferred species, don’t worry! you can identify the species by using various online tools or by visiting a local gardening center. And purchase customized fertilizer.
Step 4: The Right Watering Routine
For new seeds watering once or twice a day is optimum. Keeping newly seeded areas moist will help the grass grow faster initially. For the matured grass it is recommended to water deeply only once a week. The apparent scarcity of water will help the root system to penetrate the soil much deeply. Resulting in healthier and drought-resistant grass.
The amount of water sprinkled should penetrate the soil for about 4 to 6 inches. And when the soil is dry for the first 3 to 4 inches it is time to water again. You can dig up the soil with a screwdriver to check the moisture level. Thus the watering routine might change depending on seasons and soil types.
Watering the grass early in the morning will ensure optimal absorption by the grass and it helps to avoid fungal infection as the water gets enough time to be evaporated.
Step 5: Cut Your Grass Properly
The ideal height of the grass is different for different species. Generally, a height of 3.5 inches is recommended. Cutting grass is no trivial matter, improper cutting by using Dull blades will not only waste fuel but also create additional stress by hacking away at your grass. Leaving your grass brown and ragged. So the blades of lawnmowers need to be changed after 18 hours of use.
And the clipped grass should be left evenly distributed on the lawn. It will help to recycle nutrients back to the soil and reduce water usage by retaining moisture. But hey, if you don’t like seeing grass clipping lying on your yard you can compost them for using later.
Step 6: Monitor the Health of Your Grass
There is always a risk of weed and fungal growth in your lawn, the soil acidity level can change too. These things require constant vigilance on your part. You can check out our review article on some of the best weed and feed fertilizers to help you maintain the health of your grass.