What homeowner doesn’t want to have a beautiful green lawn? Everyone wants lush, green grass, but not everyone knows how to get it. Luckily, achieving a green lawn isn’t something that necessarily requires professional help. With the right strategies, tools, and hard work, you can create the green lawn of your dreams yourself.
Today, MowTown Blades shares a few tried and tested strategies to make the grass greener on your side of the fence. You’ll learn tips on how to:
- Test Your Soil
- Water Your Lawn Well
- Spread Fertilizers
- Dethatch Your Garden
- Aerate Your Lawn
- Mow the Grass Properly
- Final Thoughts on How to Create a Green Lawn
Test Your Soil
Start your quest for greener grass with a simple soil test. Some people don’t do this step, but it’s crucial for setting a baseline. You can buy a home soil testing kit for as low as $15, so you can easily test it yourself! It’s important to know the PH level and nutrient content of your soil, so you know what you need to do and what you need to avoid. This allows you to tailor your lawn care according to what exactly your grass needs to grow well.
Water Your Lawn Well
Too much and too little water can both turn your green lawn into a yellow sea of grass. Consider your local rainfall and climate when making a watering schedule. In general, it is best to water the grass for prolonged periods but less frequently, as opposed to light watering each day. The longer watering time helps foster deep roots, so your grass can withstand longer time periods without water. Additionally, water your lawn in the early mornings instead of at night, so the roots can soak up the nutrients before the sun evaporates any of the water.
We all know the importance of fertilizers — but not everyone uses fertilizers on their grass. If you want a green lawn, it’s important to use fertilizer. Here in the south, the best time to feed your lawn is during early spring and in summer. For best results, spread the fertilizer after a deep, thorough watering. Evenly spread a slow-release fertilizer then soak your lawn again to ensure the fertilizer gets deep into the grass roots.
Dethatch Your Garden
Thatch — the layer of dead grass and undecomposed stems or roots that build up on our lawns — is a major culprit of brown or yellow gardens. If the thatch gets too thick, it can prevent the grass from getting enough water and nutrients. However, it isn’t good to completely remove the thatch, either. For a healthy and lush green lawn, you’ll want to keep less than half an inch of thatch.
Aerate Your Lawn
Aeration is another important strategy for achieving a green lawn. Constant foot traffic and heavy footfall on your garden soil causes it to compact. The more compact the soil is, the harder it is for the roots to get sufficient water, oxygen, and other nutrients. For the best aerating schedule, check the type of grass you have first — warm-season grass is best aerated in late spring or early summer, but for cool-season grass, it’s best to aerate it in the early spring or fall.
Mow the Grass Properly
If you want a lush green lawn, you also need to learn how to mow your grass properly. In general, avoid cutting down more than 1/3 of the grass blade height, no matter how tall it has gotten. It’s also a good idea to mow in the early evening, when the sun isn’t too hot and any rainfall or watering during the day would have dried up. More importantly though, make sure your blades are always sharp — dull blades can turn the grass yellow or brown!
Final Thoughts on How to Create a Green Lawn
A lush and healthy carpet of grass is more than just another point in your favor when it comes to curb appeal — it also serves as the perfect blank canvas for all the colorful flowers you’d want for your garden. With the tips we gave, greener grass doesn’t have to lie on the other side of your fence! If you need to update your mowing blades, check the MowTown blades catalog on our website. Feel free to reach out to us for any inquiries.
What Is the Best Fertilizer for Green Grass?
The best fertilizer for a green lawn depends on your soil and grass. A balanced, slow-release fertilizer made from equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is an all-around great choice.
Why Is My Grass Not Turning Green?
There are several reasons why your grass may not turn green, including lack of sunlight, poor soil health, lack of water, or various pests and diseases.
What Causes Grass to Yellow?
Yellow grass is a sign that your lawn is low on nutrients. Too much or too little water and blunt mowing blades are some of the most common reasons for yellowing grass.
What Can I Sprinkle on My Grass to Make It Green?
Sprinkling nitrogen-rich fertilizer, an iron supplement spray, or a thin layer of compost on your grass — especially at the start of spring — can help you achieve a greener lawn.