April 24, 2014

Greener Grass

Everybody wants a green lawn, but some people really want green grass.

We are talking about the desire for a lush green lawn, where brown spots are just a filthy rumor.

This can be achieved. Your lawn can be as green as the best lawn on the block.  Perhaps your lawn can be the best lawn on the block.

The key is knowing how to properly maintain a lawn. A little knowledge can go a “lawn” way. It’s important to know the right way to mow, water and feed your lawn.

So what are some ways to get your lawn looking its greenest?  Let’s take a look:

Make sure your lawn mower blades are sharp. This might seem simple enough. Frequent cutting helps the lawn grow thicker and keep out weeds. Sharp mower blades will provide a cleaner cut and keep the lawn from getting beat up during mowing. This will also help keep down the risk of lawn disease. Mowing time is also important. Mowing in the late afternoon or evening is easier on the lawn compared to mowing during times of intense heat and sunlight.

Don’t go too short. Try not to cut your lawn lower than between two and two-and-a-half inches.

Consider a slow-release fertilizer. Slow-release fertilizers help extend the feeding period of a lawn.

No weeds allowed. Many lawn fertilizers will also double as weed control agents. Effective lawn week control should work together with fertilizer in order to strengthen the lawn.  If weeds are present on your lawn, they are going to suck in the nutrients from the fertilizer away from your lawn.

Just the amount of water.  Know when to time your lawn irrigation system. Your lawn likely will not need water every day. Your lawn will likely need an inch of water each watering session. And try to water in the morning, allowing your lawn the opportunity to take in the water during the day.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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