Haven’t you ever wondered how your neighbor’s lawn looks so much greener than yours? No matter how much you try, the grass in your yard just doesn’t look the same. The truth is there are a lot of different factors that go into having a green lawn. Your lawn needs water, fertilizer, weed control, and constant care. But unless you do it all properly, you may still end up with a lawn that is yellow instead of green or brown instead of yellow. So as you are standing there admiring your neighbor’s lush lawn, have you ever asked yourself “How do I make my lawn green”? How much water does it need? Should I fertilize it every month? Here are some tips to help you get that thick emerald yard.
Types of Grass
The type of grass on your yard is very important because different grasses grow at different rates and require different care. There are two types of grass for your lawn: warm-season grass and cool-season grass. Warm-season grass thrives in warmer climate such as the southern states in the U.S. It also generally requires more water because the climate tends to be drier. You will want to fertilize at least twice a year, once during the early spring and again in the late summer. What some people may not know is that when it comes to fertilizing, warm-season grass requires more nitrogen during the early-late spring months.
Cool-season grass grows better in cooler climates such as the northern state in the U.S. It may or may not necessarily require more water than warm-season grasses. Cool-season grass has two separate growth spurts so it may not grow much during the summer. When fertilizing cool-season grass, you want to use more nitrogen during the early fall growth period.
Keeping Your Lawn & Grass Green
The Climate Where You Live
The climate of the area where you live is also a key factor for having a green lawn. Some climates get more rain and have more moderate temperatures suitable for plants, gardens, and healthy lawns. In a climate such as this, it may not take as much maintenance to keeping your yard looking good. In other climates, there may not be as much rainfall, especially during the summer months. An example would be Arizona or Nevada where it takes constant watering and care to produce a good-looking lawn. Areas that are prone to drought may not have as much nutrients in the soil. That is like sitting down for a banquet but there is nothing to eat. So climate is an obvious factor.
Use Of The Lawn
Another influence on your lawn is how it is used. If you walk only on a path and rarely tread on the grass itself then your lawn shouldn’t be subject to a lot of wear. If, on the other hand, you and your family play outside a lot and walk across the grass daily, then your lawn puts up with a lot harder use and will need more care. Lawns that see a lot of use from traffic tend to wear down quicker and natural paths can form. So if you don’t want to use a paved walkway, then you are going to have to give your yard some extra attention.
Mowing Your Lawn
During the peak growing months, you should mow your lawn about once a week. Keeping it mowed regularly will help keep any weeds down and help your grass to keep its healthy look. The longer the grass gets the more water and nutrients it requires. It is also kind of like human hair. As it gets longer, it gets older and more frayed at the ends. When you mow your lawn, be careful how low you cut it or you can scalp the grass, exposing and damaging roots which can cause brown spots. A good length to mow your lawn is anywhere between 2 to 4 inches depending on the type of grass.
Watering Your Lawn
Here is the biggest key to having a great looking lawn. You have to make sure it gets plenty of water. The amount varies depending on climate and type of grass. Warm-season grasses need more water. Areas that are hot and dry will require more water. Sprinklers or irrigation systems are very handy to install. But if you live somewhere cooler with more rain, say the Northwestern states, then nature may do most of the work for you. You should be careful not to over-water your lawn. Too much water can saturate the soil like a sponge and cause the roots to rot.
Fertilizing And Weed Control
Fertilizing your lawn regularly will help provide necessary nutrients that grass needs such as nitrogen and phosphorous. These are ingredients that are not naturally contained in soil. You want to fertilize your lawn at leas twice a year. You can fertilize more than that but be careful you don’t use too much fertilizer. Too much can burn your lawn and leave brown areas.
You should weed your lawn regularly for a nice, smooth look. Besides looking good, weeds can choke out grass and soak up water and nutrients that your lawn needs. And if you apply a fertilizer, guess what? You just fertilized the weeds, too. There are a lot of weed control products on the market. If anything, you can always get out there with a spade and dig them up.