A lush green lawn doesn't have to be a dream. It's a goal that can be realized with some proper care.
1. Aerate Annually
Annual aeration can prevent issues with sparse grass and poor growth. Aeration simply means removing small cores of soil from the lawn, which breaks up the ground around the grass roots so that moisture and nutrients can flow into the soil to feed the lawn. If you don't aerate, then the ground becomes compacted and hard, and you may begin to notice that the grass thins and dies out in response.
2. Overseed In Spring
Although most lawn grass varieties are perennial, the plants still have a finite lifespan so some replacement is necessary. Few people allow their lawn to go to seed, so the replacement doesn't occur naturally. Instead, the lawn must be overseeded every year or two. The fresh seed will replace any grass that has died so thin spots don't develop. Overseed with the same type of grass that you already have, or mix two or more grass varieties together for a lawn that is green for multiple seasons.
3. Test Then Fertilize
Instead of applying a general-purpose fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks through spring and summer, consider custom fertilization if you want a lusher lawn. Your lawn service can perform a soil test to find out just what nutrients and minerals are deficient, and then they can choose a fertilizer blend and develop a schedule that meets the exact needs of the lawn. The result will be a green lawn that doesn't thin out too easily.
4. Raise the Blade
Sparse, thin lawns are often the result of poor lawn mowing practices. For a lusher lawn, mowing needs to be done with a sharp blade that cleanly cuts through grass instead of crushing and bruising the grass blades. It's also a good idea to raise the lawnmower blades a bit higher because cutting the grass too low can begin to kill it off or it might leave brown, weak spots. Ideal mowing height varies by season and grass type, but generally, the grass should be kept longer than 3 inches.
5. Water Wisely
Watering too little at frequent intervals leads to poor root growth and a lawn that will brown out and die at the first sign of dry weather. Instead, set your sprinklers to only water two or three times a week, but lengthen the watering duration so that each part of the lawn is getting about 1 inch of water during the irrigation period. This way the moisture soaks deeply into the ground, encouraging the grass to set deep roots that will support lusher growth.
Contact a lawn care service for more help when it comes to keeping your lawn green and lush.
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