How To Keep Your Grass Green: 4 Tips
You don’t have to wow neighbors at your next community garden walk, but there’s just something so satisfying about having a yard that is neat, clean and most importantly, green- and compliments from the neighbors doesn't hurt either. Here are a few tips on how to keep your grass green and looking great this summer without hiring an expensive crew or slaving away every afternoon.
Sharpen that blade.
Since you aren’t always looking your mower blade in the face, it’s easy to forget to sharpen it. The fact is, a dull blade is much less effective than a sharp one. Like those terrible “split-ends” you’ve probably heard so much about, a dull blade cuts grass in a ragged and uneven pattern. Poorly-cut grass is more susceptible to disease and takes more nutrients to heal. Starting with a dull blade gives you quite a hill to climb.
Water early and thoroughly.
Don’t just water the surface of your lawn. A good deep soaking every once in awhile promotes deep growth of healthy roots, setting the table for a lush lawn in the long-term. Also, early in the day is the best time to water. You’ll typically get better water pressure than later in the day and your lawn actually needs time to dry out after it’s been soaked. If it stays cool and damp all night there’s a better chance for mold and fungi to appear. You also don’t need to water too often, two to three times per week is recommended, as opposed to quick sessions every day. If water is starting to puddle then stop watering and allow all water to soak in. My last watering tip for you is to never water with hot water, you don’t want to scold your blades.
Let the clippings be.
Though leaving the cut ends of your grass lying about the yard may seem counterintuitive to producing a lawn that looks great, it can have real benefits. As the clippings decay they produce valuable nitrogen that is like food for the dirt beneath you. Also, make sure you only cut the top one third of the grass because the blades get tougher as you go down. If you have newly sprouted grass you might want to consider putting a thin layer of mulch straw over it to help protect it. The combination of clippings and mulch straw is a great tip on how to keep your grass green. Another tip is to feed your lawn with fertilizer once or twice a year.
Aerate first, then go after weeds.
If you haven’t already aerated this year, it’s not necessarily too late, but fall is the ideal time. It gives roots a chance to get an extra large dose of oxygen, moisture and nutrients. When the holes grow back, there will be more space for the roots to get what they need. You can apply weed killers after aerating as well, just make sure that you aren't being too gratuitous or applying an improper strain. When you go after the weeds, it is best not to spray the whole lawn with weed killer, but rather just small sections. Two great alternatives are pulling the weeds or using a weed fork.
Just remember, water, sunlight, proper nutrients, and a well-informed homeowner are the best possible things for a healthy, great looking yard. With these tips on how to keep your grass green you will sure have an impressive lawn and your neighbors will more than likely be coming to you for advice!