Does the grass look greener on the other side of the fence? If so, maybe you just need a few good lawn tips to learn how to get green grass that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
1. Pests and parasites will kill your lawn and turn it from a beautiful, lush green to ugly, dead brown before you can walk barefoot to the mailbox. You can purchase products at your local home improvement store or lawn care store such as Ortho’s Bug-B-Gone to kills parasites before they kill your lawn.
2. Weeds are another enemy of a green lawn and must be kept at bay to make your lawn greener. Many products on the market kill crabgrass, dandelions and other common weeds that choke out your green grass causing it to die. First, you must determine what type of weeds are giving you trouble and then purchase a product to kill them. Scotts products are designed for specifically kill certain types of weeds – – their website will help you determine the product that is right for your lawn.
3. Hydration is essential in keeping your lawn healthy and green. Providing ample water will encourage growth and keep grass green and lush. It is best to provide slow, soaking waterings rather than fast, hard waterings that will only wash away the top soil instead of soaking into the root beds. Use a sprinkler that gives a slow, light watering.
4. In addition to water, a green lawn must have nutrients to have strong roots. Lawn fertilizers should be applied on a regular schedule and according to the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid over-exposure. Too much fertilizer will kill a lawn just as not fertilizing a lawn will keep it from being green and healthy. In order to determine the proper fertilizer you should use for your lawn, use the Scotts fertilizer finder – – put in your area code, the type of grass and what you wish to accomplish and they will tell you the best fertilizer to use.
5. In addition to fertilizing your lawn, use a product specifically designed to help your lawn grow strong and green. Some excellent eco-friendly, green products are designed to help lawns stay greener and healthier without harsh chemicals. Bio-Enhanced All Purpose Plant Food is an all purpose eco-friendly plant food that will enhance your lawn and help grass grow strong, green and healthy without harmful chemicals.
6. Knowing what grass grows best in your climate is essential in learning how to have a green lawn. Many lawn tips focus on what type of grass grows best in your location. Check with your local garden center for types of grass you should plant or check online for grass zone maps to help you decide what type of grass seed to purchase.
7. Using a mulching lawn mower will not only make your lawn greener it will also reduce the amount of raking and bagging you will have to do each season. Grass clippings have nutrients that will help you maintain a green lawn provided they are not too thick. If you allow grass clippings to sit and create a thicker thatch, water will not penetrate and your lawn will suffer. If you do not want to rake, a mulching mower is a must.
8. Speaking of mowing your lawn, learning the correct way to mow a lawn is essential in keep a lawn healthy and green. Cornell University has several tips for proper mowing from how often to mow, how high to cut your grass and the best time of day to cut your grass.
9. This is not a popular tip for how to have a greener lawn but it is true – keep animals out of your yard. In addition to tearing up your lawn by digging holes and running laps, a dog’s urine is not good for a green lawn. If you do not want to be a pet-free home, consider having a specific part of your back yard just for your pet to exercise and do his “business”.
10. Do not neglect your lawn during the fall and winter months. Lower the height of your mower to keep from having too much new, tender growth in the fall that will be destroyed by harsh winter winds and weather. Make sure to do your fall fertilization and give your lawn a good soaking watering before the ground freezes. Use a product such as Scotts Turf Builder with WinterGuard to protect and nourish your lawn all winter. As soon as all of the leaves are off the trees, rake and remove dead leaves from your lawn to decrease damage during the winter months.