Take a look at your lawn. Is it as rich, green and well-trimmed as you want it to be?
If the answer is “no,” you’re not alone—and you’re not doomed! We all have problems areas in our lawns from time to time, but many of these common issues can be surprisingly easy to fix with some time and TLC. In today’s blog, we’ll be covering five steps that will get you on your way to the lawn you want.
1. Cut overgrown blades, but not all at once!
If your lawn is overgrown, you’ll have to cut it down before you can take any more lawn improving measures. While mowing, however, don’t remove more than one third of the blade’s height at once—this can “shock” the grass and make it harder to grow back the way you want it to. If your grass is especially long, mow one third of it at a time until you get to a desirable height.
Avoid the temptation to overcut. If the grass is shorter than three inches, it may look nice temporarily, but over time the grass will have a harder time producing chlorophyll, which is necessary for that healthy green color. Slightly longer grass will also develop deeper roots, which increases the fortitude of the blades.
2. Identify problem spots.
If all your lawn needed was a good mowing, then congratulations! You should be set for a while when it comes to lawn maintenance. But what if, upon mowing and a good watering, your lawn isn’t quite up to par? Spots of browning, dead grass can signal an issue that needs to be dealt with, like a fungus, insect problem or dry spot that needs more attention.
3. Remove weeds.
If you need help removing isolated clumps, you can apply a small amount of herbicide to help you get the job done. However—while this is helpful for spot removal, it’s not a permanent solution (and often isn’t friendly to other plants or insects). The best thing you can do to prevent weeds from taking over in your lawn is to grow your grass slightly taller and to keep it well-nourished to promote density. How does this help your weed problem? Taller, denser grass is able to “out-compete” with pesky weeds and receive more sunlight so the weeds aren’t able to grow.
4. Apply fertilizer regularly.
What time of year you apply your fertilizer depends on what type of grass you have, but the general rule of thumb is to apply fertilizer once every six to eight weeks during the active growth season of the grass.
5. Opt for deep watering.
In general, deep watering (over shallow) is advised for stronger, deeper roots, which are essential for a healthy lawn. You don’t need to water every day—deep watering a few times a week will do your lawn better than shallower, more frequent watering. Test your irrigation system to be sure that all areas of the lawn are being equally watered.