The grass is always greener on the other side, the saying goes. Is it true or not? Somehow you believe that your neighbor’s lawn is greener than yours and wonder what the reason is for this when you water your lawn as consistently as your neighbor does and fertilize your lawn as directed.
There are several ways to keep your lawn green and lush almost the whole year. Read some of the tips below.
- Determine your local climate zone and choose the right type of grass. There are warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses. The southern regions of the United States are suited to warm-season grasses while the northern areas will do well to plant cool-season grasses. The Eastern areas and those that are in zones 6 and 7 are problem areas for both types of grasses.
- Some common warm-season grasses are Bermuda grass, Centipede, Bahia, St. Augustine, Buffalo and Zoysia grasses. Bent grasses, blue and rye grasses, and fescues are considered common cool-season grasses.
- A lush green lawn is not composed of one single type of grass. Rather, it is composed of several varieties depending on the area. For a Northern area for example, fescues will be planted in the shady areas of the garden as this type of grass is shade-tolerant. Rye grass and Kentucky bluegrass are used for areas that will be subjected to heavy foot traffic. Kentucky bluegrass is more drought-tolerant, too.
- If your area receives very little rainfall during the year, consider installing an automatic irrigation system to manage the water requirements of your lawn.
- Check that your lawn in free from lawn thatch. A lawn thatch over half an inch thick will prevent the water from reaching the grass roots and deprive it of moisture that will keep the grass green and healthy. A lawn thatch is made up of organic and dead matter from turfgrass roots and stems. They are brought about from excessive watering and over-fertilizing that make the grass grow faster than normal. If you have thick lawn thatch, remove it first using a vertical lawn mower or apply a top dressing before laying the grass beds to provide a better condition for the grass to grow healthier.
- Use slow-release fertilizers that are recommended for the type of grass you have on your lawn. Slow-release fertilizers allow the grass to assimilate the full benefit from the fertilizer at a normal pace. Explicitly follow the manufacturer’s directions on how often the fertilizer should be applied, under what condition and how much to apply. Choose a fertilizer combined with weed control for efficiency and economy.
- Set the blades of your lawn mover to the correct height for trimming your lawn. Mow your grass when it is dry (before watering) and the leaf blade is three to three and a half inches long. You should only trim about an inch of leaf off from the grass to keep it looking greener and healthier.
- Keep the blades of your mover sharp. Dull blades will tear the grass blades rather than trim them. Mower blades will be full after two moving sessions therefore proper maintenance is a must.
Following the directions above will ensure that you have a greener and lusher lawn that will make your neighbors envious.