You can usually tell if a lawn is healthy by looking at its color. Healthy grass has a lush-green color, whereas dead or dying grass is usually brown.
Granted, you can expect some browning to occur during the fall-to-winter months, but color can still be used as an indication of whether or not a lawn is healthy.
So, how can you achieve a lush-green lawn?
Adjust Mowing Height Based on Climate
Use an appropriate cutting height when mowing your lawn. Mowing grass too short causes additional stress, which can kill an otherwise healthy lawn.
A good rule of thumb is to set your lawnmower’s blade at 1 to 1.5 inches in cool climates, and 2 inches for warm climates.
While a 0.5 to 1 inch difference may sound insignificant, it can mean the difference between a green or brown lawn.
This will also depend on the type of grass you have. For example, Bermuda should be cut pretty short and often, whereas a grass like St. Augustine should be cut higher.
Mow With a Sharp Blade
When was the last time you changed the blade on your lawnmower? Over time, lawnmower blades become worn and dull, at which point they’ll tear through grass.
If your lawnmower’s blade is dull, either sharpen it or replace it with a new one.
Depending on the type/brand, it could be more cost-effective to sharpen your existing blade. Either way, you should only mow your lawn using a sharp blade.
Of course, applying fertilizer promotes a healthy lawn. Grass needs several nutrients to grow, including nitrogen, phosphorus and calcium (NPK).
Fertilizer provides your grass with these nutrients, ensuring healthy growth and development.
Let’s face it, weeds are the bane of any home gardener. What begins as just one or two weeds can quickly spread into dozens if left unchecked.
And when weeds blanket your lawn, they’ll consume nutrients that your grass needs to sustain a lush-green color. This is why it’s important to eliminate weeds sooner rather than later.
Here are four ways to eliminate weeds in your yard:
- Pull them up by the roots using your hands\Use a special “weed-pulling” tool
- Apply a chemical weed-killing product
- Spray a combination of vinegar, water and liquid dish soap
- Ensure Proper Runoff
Proper runoff is essential for a healthy lawn. Whether it’s Fescue, Bermuda, Centipede, Bluegrass, or any other variety, grass needs water to thrive.
But too much water can backfire by “waterlogging” the grass and restricting its growth, a condition that’s particularly common in lawns with poor runoff.
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