How to Make Grass Green and to Keep It Green, Too

In Landscaping by Maxine C. Herrera

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If you have been watering, mowing, thatching and fertilizing your lawn with care, but you are still not happy with the results, here are a few tips about how to make grass green and how to keep it green as well.

Aeration – More Important than You Think

If you use your lawn not only to delight you when you look at it, but you also walk on it and you have kids and pets who play and run on it, too, the soil beneath the turf can get compacted over time and mowing can also increase compaction. Compacted soil prevents the circulation of air and water and it can lead to improper nutrient absorption as well. The issue is easy to get rid of, though – all you need is a device or a machine with which you can poke 3-inch deep holes into the soil once a year. You can use a handheld lawn aerating tool or you can buy or rent a larger aerating machine.

How to Water the Lawn Properly

Deep and less frequent watering sessions are more likely to keep your lawn healthy than short, frequent and superficial watering. Deeper and rarer watering will prompt your grass to grow deeper roots, which will help the grass stay green even during hot spells because deeper roots provide the blades access to moisture and nutrients even when they are not available in the higher layers of the soil.

The best way to ensure deep watering is to apply 1 inch of water on your turf once a week, preferably early in the morning. To make sure you have watered the lawn sufficiently, distribute a series of shallow containers across your lawn, then turn on your sprinklers and stop them when the water in the containers reaches the desired amount. You know when you have to water the lawn again when the top 3-4 inches become dry.

Use the Right Type of Fertilizer

Choose natural fertilizers instead of synthetic chemicals because they are better for your turf as well as for your environment. Beside the organic and natural fertilizers available in specialty shops, you can also use natural compost made from your kitchen and garden waste – it is an excellent, safe, cheap and efficient fertilizing method and it will also keep the waste that you generate in the house to the minimum.

Mow Your Grass Properly

According to Denver landscaping companies, cutting your grass too short or leaving it to grow too long is equally harmful for your turf.  Different glass varieties have different requirements in terms of lawn height, so make sure you set the blades on your machine to the height recommended in the care instructions of the grass variety that you use. Make sure the blades on your mower are sharp to improve the efficiency of the cutting process and to prevent damage to the grass blades.

If you follow these simple steps in our short guide about how to make grass green, your lawn will surely be grateful and will reward your efforts by growing blades of grass that are greener, stronger and healthier than in any other garden in your neighborhood.