A brilliantly green lawn is always the envy of any neighborhood. If you spot someone whose lawn is as green as the day is long, you want to know all about how they manage it. Your lawn looks dull in comparison, even if it’s still green. While it can take a lot of work to get a super green lawn and keep it that way, anyone can do it if they want to possess an unbeatable lawn that their neighbors will covet. A good lawn care routine can give you the lawn that you’re looking for. There are a few essential steps you should take if you want your lawn to look amazing at all times.
Giving your lawn the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy will help you to make sure that it doesn’t go brown on your watch. Fertilizing your lawn is a great step to take if you want to keep it in good condition. It’s not something that you have to do all the time, though. Spring is the best time to fertilize your lawn, although some people also choose to do it in the early fall. A slow-release fertilizer will last longer, releasing its nutrients over a longer period so your next application can wait longer. Many experts recommend a liquid fertilizer too.
Overseed to Fix It
If you find that your lawn gets worn-down and damaged patches, overseeding is a good task to take care of. Overseeding is the practice of spreading seed over your existing lawn to fill in any of the rough bits. Not all types of grass need overseeding or will benefit from it, but most grass chosen for cool seasons can look better if you overseed it. Overseeding will give you green grass by filling in gaps and making sure that the soil isn’t showing through.
Dethatch to Remove Dullness
Another problem that can leave your grass looking less green than you want is thatch. This is the build-up of organic debris between the soil and your grass. It gives you a brown layer that definitely doesn’t make your lawn look good. The best time to remove this is during the early fall or late summer. You can do it with a rake designed for dethatching, or you can use a specialist dethatcher tool. You can rent these or get a professional service to come and do the job for you. Thatch could stop your grass growing as well as you like, so it’s important to take care of it.
Water It Well
Your lawn needs water to grow, but you need to get the watering right. Too much or not enough could both mean you end up with dull grass that isn’t as green as you were hoping for. If you live somewhere dry and hot, and you need to water regularly, you might want to install lawn irrigation. It’s a smart solution if you don’t want to have to manually water your lawn every day. However, other people should be careful about watering too much, especially if it’s not hot enough for the water to be quickly evaporated. Try to water during the cooler parts of the day, so the grass has more chance to benefit from it.
Control Moss and Weeds
Moss and weeds can steal nutrients from your grass. They can also make it look unsightly and ruin the green look that you’re going for. If you want to control moss and weeds and stop them taking over your lawn, start with good lawn care to prevent these problems. For example, avoid mowing your grass too short if you don’t want to leave room for moss to grow. You can also prevent weeds and moss by using a lawn treatment to kill them off.
Mow the Right Amount
You know that mowing your lawn is important if you want to keep it green. But are you mowing too much or too little? The problem is likely to be not how often you’re mowing, but how short you’re cutting the grass. You don’t want it to be too short or too long, or you won’t get the effect you want. For example, the grass courts at Wimbledon are mowed every day during the summer, but to a precise height of 8mm (about quarter of an inch). The ideal length for your grass is likely to be a lot longer though, at least 1 ¼ inches.
Reduce Wear and Tear
One thing that can spoil your green lawn is a lot of wear and tear. Of course, most people’s lawns are designed to be used. You don’t just want to look at it – it’s also somewhere for your kids to play or your dog to run around. However, there are ways to try and reduce wear and tear. For example, if you have pets, try to make sure that they don’t do their business on the grass.
Watch Out for Shaded Areas
If you have any shaded areas of your lawn, they can pose a problem. If they’re not getting the same amount of sunlight as other parts, they might not do as well. Firstly, if the shade is due to anything you can move, try to move them around. For example, garden furniture or a trampoline can be moved to ensure one spot doesn’t stay in the shade. It’s also a good idea to pick the right grass for your lawn so that it’s more resistant to the effects of being in the shade.
Create a Lawn Care Calendar
There can be a lot to take care of if you want to keep your lawn looking green. If you want to make sure you don’t miss anything out, create a lawn care calendar that you can follow. You can outline different tasks for certain times of the year, so you know what to do and when for a super green lawn.
If you want to have a green lawn, be prepared to put in the work to take care of it. With a bit of work, you can have a beautiful lawn.