Well if you haven't been living under a rock, you know summer is here. We thought now might be a great time to cover how to get and keep a green lawn. We created a couple simple steps and if you follow them, we are confident your lawn will be green also.
1. Removing the weeds – Removing weeds is one of the most important steps you can take in order to get a green lawn. Not only do weeds look bad, but they stop the grass from spreading and filling in your lawn. When you kill the weeds, your grass now has a place to spread and grow. The best solution is to use a 6 step program where you treat your lawn over the course of a year. You can use sprays to help speed up the process, but you need to do more. With a six step lawn care program like Scott's or other companies offer, you can get a beautiful lawn. These programs not only help kill weeds, but they also stop new weeds from growing, plus they help provide nutrients your grass needs. If you have a lawn full of weeds, it might take a year or two of using this system to get everything under control. For my lawn, I used it for two years straight. Then I could stop using it for two years. I am at the point where I only need to do this once every three years.
2. Sharpen your lawn mower blade – A sharp blade is key to getting a green lawn. If you are cutting your lawn with a dull blade, it tends to break the grass, instead of cutting the grass. Therefore the tip of your grass tends to get brown instead of staying a nice healthy green.
3. Pick the right height on your lawn mower – Picking the wrong height on your lawn mower is key to having a healthy lawn. In spring and fall, you can cut your grass short, about an inch. I like doing this because it means I have to cut my grass less. Plus in fall, it helps pick up the leaves and mulch them. However when temperatures reach over 85 degrees, make sure when you cut your grass, the minimum height is 2″. Otherwise your lawn will get stressed from the heat and turn more brown.
4. Rake leaves at the end of the year – Let's face it, raking sucks, but it's important. When you rake your lawn and remove the leaves, then your lawn can breathe. If you leave the leaves on your grass all winter, it tends to kill the grass and leave bare spots. These bare spots are exactly what weeds need in spring to spawn and start taking over your grass.
5. Use lime – Different species of grass like different ph levels. Over time the ground can have a lower ph level. Spreading lime can help raise your ph level. A lower ph level makes it hard for grass to get the proper nutrients from the soil. You especially want to pay particular attention to areas around pine trees.
6. Bag your grass – When you don't bag your grass, you can leave clumps of grass on the ground. These clumps weaken the grass and eventually kill the grass leaving bare spots. Again this is the prime place weeds like to spawn and multiply. Yes I know by mulching grass you are adding natural nutrients to the lawn. However there are so many safe products on the market that can provide the nutrients without having to worry about dead spots. Plus when you leave old grass on the lawn, as grass dies, it becomes brown and takes away the green looking effect of your lawn.
Myth – You have probably heard don't always cut your grass in the same direction. Well this might be true if you have a riding mower to help prevent divots in your grass, but if you use a push mower, it doesn't matter.